International Biochar Initiative

Princeton Junction, NJ   |
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International Biochar Initiative

EIN: 56-2675394


International Biochar Initiative (IBI), a 501 (c)(3) organization was founded in 2006 to foster stakeholder collaboration, good industry practices, and environmental and ethical standards to support biochar production and use that is safe and economically viable. IBI is an international community of nearly 500 members and volunteers from over 60 countries. IBI provides the growing biochar community with up-to-date information through monthly newsletters, bibliographies of biochar research, webinars, study tours and symposiums.

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Principal Officer

Wendy Lu McGill

Main address

191 Clarksville Rd

Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 USA

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Food security


Sustainable development

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NTEE code info

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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The IBI Biochar Training Course

IBI’s online biochar course, Biochar Training for Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development—is an intensive training series on all aspects of biochar, presented by leading biochar experts. The students get the opportunity to learn about best-science updates on biochar to promote the uptake of biochar production and use, and actions necessary to overcome the barriers to commercialization of the biochar industry. They also study biochar production technologies; physicochemical properties; standards, classification, and certification; biochar effects when used as a soil amendment; biochar carbon persistence in soils, carbon accounting, and climate change; and commercialization of the biochar industry.
The students receive a certificate of completion, provided that they have completed at least 80% of the modules and the quizzes.

Population(s) Served

Biochar as a sustainable and multi-purpose climate solution technology can help build the resilience of local communities that are high-risk and sensitive to the impact of climate change. The two-week in-person Biochar Academy, the first of which will be held during the last two weeks in June 2023 in Upstate New York, will provide skills training to a global and diverse cohort of participants and enable them to apply this knowledge for the benefit of their local communities and also to train more people in their surroundings - contributing towards building a global biochar workforce.
The academy will introduce students to biochar, biochar production, climate change mitigation and adaptation through the use of biochar, feedstocks used for biochar production, co-products from thermochemical conversion, sampling techniques, standards and various applications and markets for biochar.
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Population(s) Served

A tool for countries to estimate how biochar can help them meet their climate goals based on local feedstocks and other factors. This framework can help countries to determine biochar’s potential to increase climate ambitions for both mitigation and adaptation.

Population(s) Served

Sessions led by industry experts to talk about the latest news and research in the global biochar industry and also to diving into biochar production, use, and carbon markets.

Population(s) Served

This program helps producers prove the high value of their biochar products.

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Where we work


International Biochar Initiative
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 12.32 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 9.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

International Biochar Initiative

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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International Biochar Initiative

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of International Biochar Initiative’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2013 2014 2015 2016 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $54,331 $194,750 -$198,030 -$58,717 $348,113
As % of expenses 11.3% 58.5% -71.5% -52.3% 558.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $54,331 $194,750 -$198,030 -$58,717 $348,113
As % of expenses 11.3% 58.5% -71.5% -52.3% 558.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $245,501 $527,414 $78,936 $53,625 $410,468
Total revenue, % change over prior year -59.5% 114.8% -85.0% -32.1% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 4.0% 0.6% 0.0% 2.0%
Membership dues 16.4% 6.7% 46.0% 68.9% 12.7%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 83.6% 89.3% 53.4% 31.1% 85.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $482,163 $332,664 $276,966 $112,342 $62,356
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.9% -31.0% -16.7% -59.4% 0.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 72.9% 90.6% 96.0% 96.8% 81.5%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.1% 9.4% 4.0% 3.2% 18.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2013 2014 2015 2016 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $482,163 $332,664 $276,966 $112,342 $62,356
One month of savings $40,180 $27,722 $23,081 $9,362 $5,196
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $522,343 $360,386 $300,047 $121,704 $67,552

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Liquidity info 2013 2014 2015 2016 2021
Months of cash 2.3 9.4 3.4 0.5 80.4
Months of cash and investments 2.3 9.4 3.4 0.5 80.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.7 9.4 2.7 0.5 80.0
Balance sheet composition info 2013 2014 2015 2016 2021
Cash $91,608 $259,876 $78,106 $4,345 $417,712
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $20,071 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 27.6% 6.7% 19.3% 0.0% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $66,342 $261,092 $63,062 $4,345 $415,571
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $66,342 $261,092 $63,062 $4,345 $415,571

Key data checks

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

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Principal Officer

Wendy Lu McGill

Wendy Lu’s professional background and personal passion are centered in stakeholder management and engagement, as well as cause-based marketing, public relations, and communications. She has focused for the decade on climate solutions, with an emphasis on regenerative, climate smart agriculture. Most recently, Wendy Lu led the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture as it transitioned from a volunteer-led organization into a professional industry association with over 250 members from12 countries. Wendy Lu also spent more than a decade in international development, working with UN agencies, including WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, and IOM, as well as international development organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International. Focusing on multiple sectors, including water and sanitation, anti-human trafficking, rural infrastructure, and climate-smart agriculture, she worked with distributed, multi-country teams in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

International Biochar Initiative

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/26/2023
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Board chair

Kathleen Draper

David Wayne

Shell Research

Tom Miles

TR Miles Consulting

Lucia Brusegan

Starter Srl, Padova, Italy

Claudia Kammann

Hochschule Geisenheim University, Geisenheim, Germany

Veronica Agodoa

ASA Initiative, Cape Coast, Ghana

Brenton Mark Ladd

Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima, Peru

Harn Wei Kua

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Johannes Lehmann

Cornell University

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2023

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or straight
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Person without a disability

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