THE NON-GMO PROJECT

Bellingham, WA   |  www.nongmoproject.org

Mission

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Megan Westgate

Main address

P.O. Box 5606

Bellingham, WA 98227 USA

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EIN

02-0799621

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project works in several different capacities to ensure the availability of non-GMO products and to help support informed choice. We offer North America’s most trusted third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. We also educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMOs and their impact on our health and food systems.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Product Verification Program

The Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization offering a third-party non-GMO verification program to the standard consumers expect. We are the pioneer and established market leader for GMO avoidance. We have set the industry standard for non-GMO verification since the Butterfly first appeared on store shelves in 2010.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project works in several different capacities to ensure the availability of non-GMO products and to help support informed choice. We offer North America’s most trusted third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products. We also educate consumers and the food industry to help build awareness about GMOs and their impact on our health and food systems.

Product Verification Program: The Non-GMO Project offers North America's only third party verification for non-GMO food and products. The Non-GMO Project seal is the most widely recognized and trusted non-GMO label in the market.

Outreach and Education: The organization helps educate the 3,000 brands we work with, so they can inform retailers and shoppers about the importance of preserving and building a non-GMO food supply. We engage the public by creating educational videos, podcasts, and newsletters that are shared via social media (1.2 million Facebook followers), online channels (over 4 million website visits per year), and our Non-GMO Project App (220,000 downloads). The Non-GMO Project also actively supports events across Canada and the United States with educational pocket guides.

Non-GMO Month: Non-GMO Month is an annual campaign in October that brings together retailers, manufacturers and shoppers to celebrate consumers' right to know what is in the food they eat. With more than 14,000 retailers participating, this event reaches shoppers all across the United States and Canada.

The organization's Product Verification Program and is governed by "The Non-GMO Project Standard", a consensus-based document crafted with the insight from dozens of industry experts, reflecting a dynamic range of perspectives. Because of this collaboration with engaged stakeholder groups, Non-GMO Project Verified is a meaningful and achievable way for suppliers, brands and retailers to show their commitment to providing consumers transparent choice in the marketplace.

Since 2010, the number of Non-GMO Project Verified products has grown from less than 500 products to over 56,000, representing over $26 billion in sales. In the past year alone, the number of Participating Retailers increased from 3,059 to 14,210 stores across North America.

Consumer awareness of GMOs is at an all time high, with the Non-GMO Project seal offering the most trusted and rigorous standard for GMO avoidance to the consumer.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE NON-GMO PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 4/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maureen Kirkpatrick

Big Carrot Natural Food Market

Term: 2012 - 2022

Alan Lewis

Natural Grocers

John Foraker

Once Upon a Farm

Vimal Ramjee

Chattanooga Heart Institute

Nicole Atchison

PURIS

Errol Schweizer

Alisa Gravitz

Green America

Kia Ruiz

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/07/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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