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Plasticfreerestaurants.org

#86thePlastic

aka Plastic Free Restaurants   |   Glendale, CA   |  https://www.plasticfreerestaurants.org/

Mission

We eliminate petroleum-based, single-use plastic from restaurants and schools by subsidizing the cost difference between the plastic they currently use and the reusable alternatives they agree to use moving forward. We are also building a database of plastic-free restaurants across the country. We do not pay any salaries or rent.

Notes from the nonprofit

We pay zero salaries or compensation, so some of the questions about pay equity are N/A. We have kept our overhead expenses below 6% of revenue since inception.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

John Charles Meyer

Main address

1988 El Arbolita Dr

Glendale, CA 91208 USA

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EIN

85-1083459

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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

Subsidies

We eliminate single-use petroleum-based plastic from restaurants and schools by subsidizing the purchase of reusable replacements. More than 90 percent of our funding goes to this effort.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of single-use petroleum-based plastic items eliminated from the waste stream via our subsidies.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Subsidies

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We eliminate petroleum-based, single-use plastic from restaurants and schools by subsidizing the cost difference between the plastic they currently use and the reusable alternatives they agree to use moving forward.

We are also building a database of plastic-free restaurants across the country.

We do not pay any salaries or rent. Our only overhead costs since our 2020 launch have been insurance, web site, and credit card/payment processing fees.

We eliminate single-use petroleum-based plastic, one restaurant (or school) at a time.

Less plastic used = less oil extracted and refined = fewer climate impacts.

Our impact and reach have started small, but they are both growing every month. Meanwhile, local and state governments are finally waking up to the fact that single-use disposable culture (plastic and otherwise) is unsustainable. While we do not intend to sit back and wait for government to provide the answers, it is our sincere hope that our organization will be obsolete by 2030 because single-use petroleum-based plastic will cease to exist in the United States.

Until that happens, we will continue eliminating single-use petroleum-based plastic, one restaurant (or school) at a time.

We pay no salaries or rent. More than 95% of our revenues are spent on subsidies toward the purchase of reusable replacements for single-use petroleum-based plastic. In a nutshell, we are offering free money to anyone in the food service arena who opts to switch from single-use plastic to reusables.

As of the end of 2020, we'd only just launched and raised our first bits of money. As of this writing (December 2021), we have eliminated 524,417 pieces of plastic by subsidizing reusables purchases at four restaurants, two elementary schools, and one middle school. We also have another 17 restaurants in the process of making the switch and qualified for our subsidy funding. We hope and expect to stamp out more than 5,000,000 pieces of plastic (a ten-fold increase) in 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 07/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kate Damon


Board co-chair

Eva Holman

Harry Bainbridge

Rachael Berkey

Kate Damon

Jody Foldesy

Patrick Krill

Charles Leisenring

Erick Mullen

Travis Schuldt

Kenneth Suarez

Eva Holman

Achim Dettweiler

Janis Parthun

Vanessa Williams

Chris Walton

Erika Bond

Amy Retzinger

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 7/14/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.