Banyan Gives Back
Banyan’s mission is to help people achieve and maintain health and well-being through the wisdom of Ayurveda. In addition to our Banyan Community Grant Fund, through which we fund projects that share Ayurveda with people in need, we also work directly with local, national, and international non-profit organizations through charitable giving and in-kind donations. Below is a sample of the ways we give back and the organizations we support.
Organizations We Support
American Botanical Council is a nonprofit that is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and other medicinal and beneficial plants. For nearly 25 years, the American Botanical Council (ABC) has been an independent research and education organization dedicated to providing reliable science-based and traditional information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry professionals, and the media.
Founded in 1982, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is a registered 501c3 and is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. AHPA's mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide variety of herbal goods.
The Ayurvedic Institute is an Ayurvedic school and Ayurveda health spa in Albuquerque, NM. It was established in 1984 by Dr. Vasant Lad as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to teach the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India and provide ancient therapies. The school offers training and services in Ayurvedic healing including herbs, nutrition, panchakarma cleansing, yoga, Sanskrit, and Vedic astrology. Banyan co-founders, Kevin and Scott, studied with Dr. Lad and worked on staff at the Institute for many years prior to starting Banyan. Over the years, Banyan has hired quite of few graduates from the Ayurvedic Institute and we continue to maintain a close and supportive relationship with our Master teacher, Dr. Lad, as well as our alma mater.
B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab’s initiatives include B Corp Certification, administration of the B Impact Management programs and software, and advocacy for governance structures like the benefit corporation.
The “B” stands for “beneficial” and indicates that certified organizations voluntarily meet certain standards of social and environmental responsibility, transparency, accountability, and performance, with an aim to create value for society, not just for traditional stakeholders such as the shareholders.
Banyan Botanicals is a proud certified B Corp.
The Bee Girl Organization (BGO) is a grassroots nonprofit centered on bee habitat conservation through research, regeneration, and education. Their mission is to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, flowers, and our countryside.
BGO founder, Sarah “Bee Girl” Red-Laird, organizes classes, events, summer camps, habitat projects, and research projects to show kids, beekeepers, and farmers how to love their bees. Through research projects and education programs, Bee Girl is regenerating soil, bees, and communities.
Food is Free Albuquerque (FIFABQ) connects backyard foods and farm overabundance to the hungriest parts of the Albuquerque community. They understand the deep connection humans have with their food and strive to reconnect human beings with the abundance that surrounds us all.
Food Is Free ABQ aims to harness the millions of pounds of extra food grown in Albuquerque and distribute it to those forgotten by the current food system. We are working with FIFABQ to plan an employee volunteer day in 2022 to harvest and distribute fresh produce.
Lomakatsi works throughout Oregon and Northern California to restore ecosystems and the sustainability of communities, cultures, and economies.
Through their Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Partnership Program, Lomakatsi’s tribal staff work closely with tribal partners to enhance tribal economies and incorporate traditional ecological knowledge into ecosystem restoration projects. Their initiatives assist in building tribal capacity for the implementation of ecological restoration across thousands of acres of ancestral lands.
Banyan's support is helping restore areas along Bear Creek that were impacted by the 2020 Almeda Fire in Southern Oregon, where Banyan Botanicals' headquarters is located.
The mission of Oregon Climate Agriculture Network (ORCAN) is to advance climate resilience on farms in Oregon through collaboration, education, and policy advocacy. They work with farmers, researchers, technical assistance providers, non-profits, and policy makers to promote, improve, and better understand farming for climate resilience in Oregon.
Based in Jackson County, Oregon, Our Family Farms was formed by farmers whose ability to farm and sell their crops has been threatened by genetically engineered crops.
They are a coalition of family farmers and individuals who envision a thriving, sustainable food and agricultural system with seed diversity and farmable land for generations to come. Our Family Farms educates and inspires farmers, policy makers, and the community at large to support regenerative agricultural practices and climate-resilient farming.
Sanctuary One was founded in 2007 as the nation's first care farm. Their mission is to be a safe place for animals and a healing place for people while promoting environmental stewardship.
Sanctuary One provides a safe home to rescued farm animals and house pets to receive personalized attention, loving rehabilitation, and a peaceful retirement. The farm includes expansive permaculture-inspired gardens which provide food and nourishment for the animals and the people who tend them.
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy works cooperatively with landowners and communities to protect the region’s special and irreplaceable lands. Since 1978, they have been helping to safeguard natural lands in order to protect waterways, natural playgrounds, wildlife, and working farms and ranches, as well as our beautiful scenery.
We support SOLC with financial and product donations, and some Banyan team members volunteer to help during their annual fundraiser and working days.
The Sustainable Herbs Program is creating a road map for consumers and companies to have the tools and resources needed to purchase and produce herbal remedies that benefit human health, promote greater social equity, community resilience and biodiversity, and ensure herbs are here now and in the future.
The Understory Initiative's mission is to restore native understory and herbaceous plant habitats in Southern Oregon.
Through their Southern Oregon Monarch and Pollinator Initiative, they work with private landowners to create or enhance pollinator habitat, create additional native seed production sites, and help landowners prepare or amend restoration plans to incorporate native seedings. As a sponsor, we are helping The Understory Initiative to plant native milkweeds in Southern Oregon.
Dr. Lad’s long-envisioned dream of creating an Ayurvedic healing and teaching facility that complements his Ayurvedic program in the West was opened in 2013. VOIA offers the opportunity for advanced students of Ayurveda to study and work closely with Dr. Lad in his native India. It is also a destination for those seeking extended panchakarma and specially supervised treatments with Dr. Lad. The current campus includes residences for staff, students, and patients, as well as a classroom, library, pharmacy, clinical examination room, kitchen, and dining room. The center is located east of Pune in the agricultural countryside. The entire facility has been built to Western standards of drinking water, bathroom design, and all around Western building architecture. Banyan has been a supporter of the VIOA project since its inception and we continue to be closely involved in its ongoing development and expansion.
Yoga Gives Back’s mission is to mobilize the global yoga community to empower women and children in India to build sustainable livelihoods. For the cost of one class, you can change a life. Banyan Botanicals is a proud member of YGB's annual partner program.
“At Banyan Botanicals, we are eternally grateful for the wisdom that flows from India, enlightening our lives. Being a supporter of Yoga Gives Back helps us give expression to this gratitude through the wonderful work they are doing to empower women from some of the poorest families in India. Through sharing our mutual gifts, we can all work together to create a healthier, happier world.”