Non-profit

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

Location:

OAKLAND, CA

Tax ID:

94-2949686

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $3,004,067
Expenses: $2,747,638
Assets: $1,619,008

Type:

Environmental Advocacy Group

Community Organizing Group

Formation:

1984 [18]

:
Executive Director:

Judy Hatcher

Executive Director's Compensation:

$100,728 [19]

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) is a California-based environmental advocacy and community organizing group. PANNA’s core objective is to oppose the production and use of many commercial pesticides and genetically engineered foods, as well as the agricultural corporations that employ these practices.[1] PANNA is one of five worldwide regional centers of Pesticide Action Network, which was founded in 1982 in Malaysia.[2] Although banning pesticides and GMOs are PANNA’s core concerns, they also widely support more stringent regulation of the agricultural industry and consider themselves allies of the broader “social justice movement.”[3]

PANNA’s board president, Susan Baker, is a Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy at Trillium Access Management and also serves on the boards of The Thirty Percent Coalition and The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.[4] PANNA’s executive director, Judy Hatcher, received a salary of $100,728 in 2016.[5]

Background

The Pesticide Action Network is an international coalition of around 600 non-government organizations, citizens’ groups, and individuals in about 90 countries, founded in 1982 to oppose the new agricultural practices brought about by the Green Revolution.  The early 1980s saw a dramatic increase in anti-pesticide activism following the publication of books like David Weir’s Circle of Poison and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.[6] PANNA was established as PAN’s North America hub in 1984, with headquarters in California and a Midwest office in Minnesota.

Since their foundation, PANNA has viewed American agricultural businesses such as Monsanto and Dow as its ideological nemeses.[7] Many of PANNA’s earliest and ongoing efforts were to reduce “corporate control of agriculture” by banning these companies’ products and technologies and preventing their being exported to other countries.[8]

Citing their principles of “equity and solidarity,” PANNA also considers itself an ally of social justice groups outside the agricultural sector, “taking action to deepen our understanding of oppression and to stand in solidarity with others who are dedicated to building a just world.”[9]

Campaigns

PANNA is most directly involved with campaigns both to prohibit a wide range of current agricultural practices and to take down America’s big agricultural corporations. It has sought to raise public awareness of pesticide practice with campaigns like “What’s On My Food?”, which tracks which pesticide residues are likely to be found on common supermarket products.[10] Other efforts, like the “Fair Harvest” campaign, have pushed for stricter worker safety regulations in the agriculture industry.[11]

In addition to the prohibition of specific pesticides and GMOs, PANNA has also campaigned for more broadly progressive causes. PANNA has fought against free trade in the agricultural industry,[12] supported corporate divestment from agriculture,[13] opposed conservative efforts to prevent illegal immigration,[14] and protested against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock.[15] Executive Director Judy Hatcher called the protests which temporarily halted development of the pipeline “the most inspiring thing for me in 2016.”[16]

People

Judy Hatcher has served as PANNA’s executive director since 2012; she previously worked with the Environmental Support Center since 2005.

PANNA’s website lists its 20 full-time staff members and board of directors.[17] As of 2015, the following individuals served on PANNA’s board:

  • Susan Baker, President
  • Mary Brune
  • Kara Busch
  • Cheryl Danley
  • Lupe Martinez
  • Virginia Nesmith
  • Denise O’Brien
  • Chloe Schwabe
  • Sapna E. Thottathil
  • Kyle Powys Whyte
  • Guy Williams
  • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Treasurer

References

  1. “Mission & Values.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed March 30, 2017. http://www.panna.org/about-us/mission-values
  2. “Our Story.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed March 31, 2017. http://www.panna.org/about-us/our-story
  3. “Mission & Values.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/about-us/mission-values
  4. “Members of the Coalition.” The Thirty Percent Coalition. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://www.30percentcoalition.org/members-of-the-coalition
  5. “Pesticide Action Network North America.” Charity Navigator. Accessed March 30, 2017. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5815
  6. Griswold, Eliza. “How ‘Silent Spring’ Ignited the Environmental Movement.” The New York Times. Sept. 21, 2012. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/how-silent-spring-ignited-the-environmental-movement.html
  7. “Monsanto & Co.’s Dirty Little Secret.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/gmos-pesticides-profit/monsanto-cos-dirty-little-secret
  8. “Our Campaigns.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/take-action/our-campaigns
  9. “Mission & Values.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/about-us/mission-values
  10. “’What’s On My Food?’ website launched.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/resources/panups/panup_20090618#1
  11. “Fair Harvest.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/our-campaigns/fair-harvest
  12. Horan, Lex. “TTIP: Free trade for pesticides?” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/blog/ttip-free-trade-pesticides
  13. “Corporate Concentration in Agriculture: Findings from the UN-led International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. https://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/CorporateControl-IAASTD-PANNABrief.pdf
  14. “Strange bedfellows on immigration reform.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/blog/strange-bedfellows-immigration-reform
  15. Horan, Lex. “Thank you, water protectors!” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/blog/thank-you-water-protectors
  16. Hatcher, Judy. “Working together.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/blog/working-together
  17. “About Us.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed April 3, 2017. http://www.panna.org/about-us
  18. “Our Story.” Pesticide Action Network North America. Accessed March 31, 2017. http://www.panna.org/about-us/our-story
  19. “Pesticide Action Network North America.” Charity Navigator. Accessed March 30, 2017. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5815
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: January 1, 1985

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2015 Jun Form 990 $3,004,067 $2,747,638 $1,619,008 $328,210 N $2,962,942 $27,122 $2,843 $254,109 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $2,266,144 $2,596,612 $1,299,387 $272,540 N $2,233,757 $28,504 $3,883 $244,284 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $2,946,088 $2,646,652 $1,734,478 $414,374 N $2,909,732 $35,188 $1,168 $244,073 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $2,143,265 $2,183,211 $1,420,342 $396,913 N $2,118,603 $23,898 $764 $288,133 PDF

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    Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

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