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.
Gift Back Cards function just like a standard gift card, except we match 20% of the gift card total and donate it to the cause selected.*
Below is a brief overview of the organizations you can help us support by purchasing a gift back card, and the causes we're committed to helping them visualize.
Medicinal Plant Conservation
With the rise in popularity of herbalism, higher demand for wild plant resources and ongoing destruction of their habitats is threatening the sustainability of many herbs.
United Plant Savers is a nonprofit committed to protecting the habitat and future of medicinal plants native to the United States and Canada. Their work involves research, education, and conservation of native medicinal plants and their habitats. Funding also supports their research of at-risk medicinal plants, habitat restoration and preservation at their Botanical Sanctuary, and ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
Food Sovereignty & Uprooting Racism
Racism has long existed in the food industry, and food apartheid leaves many communities without access to healthy food options.
Soul Fire Farm is a community farm led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) growers. Committed to uprooting racism and promoting sovereignty in the food system, they distribute life-giving food to end food apartheid. Their food sovereignty programs include training for BIPOC farmers, food justice workshops for urban youth, and providing gardens and harvest delivery for city-dwellers living under food apartheid and for food-insecure households.
On the outskirts of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, many villagers have limited access to healthcare—especially those who are elderly, disabled, or disenfranchised.
Punarnava Community is a nonprofit focused on improving the health, education, and welfare of the village populations on the outskirts of Coimbatore, with the goal to extend their community development and outreach support to other parts of India and the world. Viadyagrama is the Ayurveda healing village and panchakarma center that generates income to support these efforts. Banyan Botanicals is a proud sponsor of their monthly Ayurvedic Medical Camps and more.
*20% of revenue for each gift back card will be matched as a donation to the associated cause. The donation is committed at the time the gift card is purchased, and the donation is made regardless of when the gift card is redeemed. Offer applies to all gift back cards purchased, up to a total of $10,000 in donated funds.
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.
Campaign Zero is a campaign to reform American police. Developed with contributions from activists, protestors, and researchers across the nation, Campaign Zero consists of 10 proposals that call for deliberate action from policymakers at every level of government to reduce police violence, limit police interventions, improve community interactions, and ensure accountability.
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. They have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over two million activists. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Sanctuary One is a “Care Farm” located in Oregon’s Applegate Valley, demonstrating how farming for health can be an affordable, natural, and effective means of healing people and serving the community. Sanctuary One is a model for treating animals humanely and honoring their intrinsic physical and spiritual value. Care Farms around the world illustrate how the environment that sustains us all can be steadily improved through organic and permaculture-inspired farming practices.
In 2019 Banyan sponsored a cow named Sweetheart, a.k.a. “Milly Moo”, with a donation to support her annual care.
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.
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 Alliance is committed to promoting and supporting the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga. Yoga and Ayurveda are intrinsically connected sister sciences, and Banyan is passionate about supporting yoga teachers to share Ayurveda with their communities. Banyan is a Yoga Alliance business partner and a proud donor to the Yoga Alliance Foundation, which provides scholarships to support recipients to begin or advance their journeys as yoga teachers.
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.”
Fires of epic proportions have ravaged the West, including in Southern Oregon, where many of us at Banyan call home. Several fires have caused catastrophic damage to our community. It will take years to fully recover, but we are dedicated to supporting the healing process every step of the way. One way we are helping is by offering financial donations to the following organizations:
Rogue Valley Fire Relief Fund directly supports those most impacted by the fires. In the short term, it supports the immediate needs of those displaced. In the long term, it will support those who have lost their homes and have the least access to aid.
Unete Immigrant Fire Relief Fund supports farm workers and immigrant families in our community who have been displaced and have lost their homes in the fires. This fund provides money for essentials while also assisting families in navigating community resources.