Our Mission

Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market and dedicated to poverty alleviation. We aim to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit in places where Whole Foods Market sources products.



Our History

  • OCTOBER 2005

    Whole Foods Market® stores hold a nationwide 5% day to seed Whole Planet Foundation.

  • APRIL 2006

    First Whole Planet Foundation-funded loan disbursed.

  • AUGUST 2008

    First microloan disbursed in the United States.

  • JUNE 2010

    The foundation hires full-time field staff to expand microlending projects to new countries.

  • SEPT 2021

    To date, the foundation has authorized $105 million through microlending partners worldwide, funding 5.5 million microloans and 29 million opportunities for microentrepreneurs and their family members.


Whole Planet Foundation Team

Most of our team is based in Austin, Texas, the birthplace of Whole Foods Market. Some of our programs team members live in Vietnam, Kenya, and the United Kingdom, traveling to visit our microfinance partners annually. Check out their discoveries and observations on our Dispatch from the Field.

Our Board of Directors (USA)

John Mackey

John Mackey

Founder and Board Member Emeritus, Whole Planet Foundation

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 87,000 team members in three countries. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years.

While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, the Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.

Mackey has been recognized as one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

Our Board of Directors (Canada)

Philip Sansone
(Chairman of the Board)

Cristina DosSantos
Jessica Villanueva
Joy Stoddard

Tricia Yost
Daniel Zoltani

Advisory Committee

Bobby Covington
Denyse Forbes
Emily Krapausky
Roberta Lang

Jaimee Rondeau
Magatte Wade
Marci Frumkin
Vidar Jorgensen

2021 Community Engagement Committee

Interested in joining the committee? Reach out to our Director of Development and Outreach, Joy Stoddard, for more information.