Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Northwest Center for Alternatives To Pesticides

  • Eugene, OR
  • http://www.pesticide.org

Mission Statement

NCAP's mission is to protect community and environmental health and inspire the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides.

Main Programs

  1. Healthy Food and Farms
  2. Healthy People and Communities
  3. Healthy Wildlife and Water
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Oregon, Washington, Idaho, northern California, western Montana and policy work at the federal level.

ruling year

1979

Executive Director

Self-reported

Kim Leval

Assistant Director

Self-reported

5415563167 Jeremy Olsen

Keywords

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Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Montana

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EIN

93-0715778

 Number

4674833866

Physical Address

211 W 5th Ave

Eugene, 97401

Also Known As

Ncap Or Northwest Center for Alternatives To Pesticides

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Through policy change, demonstration, education and collaboration we have reduced and eliminated pesticides and pesticide exposure in schools in Oregon and Washington; protected endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead by prompting reinstatement of protective no-spray buffers as well as several pesticides being taken off the market; and helped strengthen organic farming and the number of farmers interested in or transitioning to organic farming.

We have raised awareness and helped shape the debate around the need to protect pollinators from pesticides that cause them harm such as neonicotinoid pesticides. The Western Bumblebee is now under review for potential listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Healthy Food and Farms

NCAP is working with farmers and researchers in the
Northwest to implement healthy farming practices and reduce the use of
pesticides. Agriculture is the largest user of pesticides in the country.

NCAP works with farmers to reduce their pesticide use. We
believe that food production should benefit clean water, clean air and human
health.

 

Cleaner Water

The water on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation was so
contaminated with toxic chemicals that residents—members of the Shoshone and
Bannock Tribes—could not drink it. In the early 2000s, NCAP worked with the Tribes and potato growers on
the Fort Hall Indian Reservation to implement green manures as an alternative
to fumigant use—reducing pesticides on reservation potato farms. 

 

Bye-Bye Blight

Early blight is a major potato disease—a disease that
typically results in spraying lots of chemicals. Enter Bacillus mycoides
isolate J, a bacterium that helps potato plants defend themselves against early
blight. We’ve become the microbe’s we love our spuds. And
we’re working to make organic potatoes easier to find at the supermarket. Our work to expand organic potato
production includes educational field days and workshops. NCAP supports
university research on production and marketing. We brought together organic
potato growers from five western states to identify how they control insects,
diseases and weeds.

 

 

Farmer-to-Farmer

One of the great joys of our work at NCAP is meeting the
Northwest’s organic farmers—some with decades of experience tested in the
field. We believe this information needs to reach more farmers. That’s what our Farmer-to-Farmer
educational programs are designed to do. Our series of educational events,
field days and conferences puts organic farmers—all experts—in front of other
farmers. It’s the best way to share information—and spread the word on organic
farming. 

 

When you buy food from farmers who don’t use pesticides, you
are benefiting clean water, wildlife, human health and the sustainability of
agriculture. When you support NCAP, you’re making it easier for farmers to
supply these benefits.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 2

Healthy People and Communities

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Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 3

Healthy Wildlife and Water

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Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Oregon, Washington, Idaho, northern California, western Montana and policy work at the federal level.

Funding Needs

Your support is needed to realize our common vision of protecting people and the environment by advancing alternatives to pesticides. As you may know, more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are intentionally applied every year in the country and research has shown that pesticides have adverse health effects, including birth defects, cancer, and injury to reproductive organs. Your gift is critical and will provide NCAP support to make on-the-ground changes starting with schools, homes and parks. Your membership gift will give NCAP critical resources to reduce pesticides and increase healthy alternative solutions. By becoming a member or gifting a membership to a friend or family member, you can help us create healthy places for us all to live, learn and play. Add your voice today join us in this effort!

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Northwest Center for Alternatives To Pesticides

Leadership

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Executive Director

Kim Leval

Assistant Director

5415563167 Jeremy Olsen

BIO

Kim has been with NCAP since 2009. She has
more than 26 years of non-profit work experience and a passion for working
with people to find alternatives to pesticides. Kim has worked with farmers, scientists,
and health and environmental advocates to develop federal policies to benefit
family farms and ranches, sustainable and organic agriculture and research into
alternatives to pesticides. Her work has included grassroots organizing,
federal and state policy development, and educating and engaging people on how
to create needed reforms. Kim serves
as an advisor to the Oregon Organic Coalition Policy Council, and as a member of the
Policy Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Kim has a Master of Science degree in
Adult Education and Agricultural Extension from Cornell University. She holds a
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon. She brings expertise in adult learning
theory and transformational and institutional change models and relates this
knowledge to achieve lasting change through NCAP's work.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"What makes NCAP unique? First, we understand that both pests and pesticides are a problem. We need solutions to prevent pests like mosquitoes and rodents that spread disease like malaria and hantavirus respectively. There are all kinds of bugs that damage crops, termites that damage structures, moths that damage trees, and no one likes bed bugs or head lice. Second, what is fundamentally different about our work is that we see solutions coming from a change in approach — a difference in mindset — rather than a change in synthetic chemistry or a new product with a silver bullet and a warning label. We are not a pest control company. We do, however, help a diverse array of people become more pest-aware and to learn to deal with pests in ways that avoid the use of pesticides that harm our health, wildlife, soil, water, and the air we breathe.

We work with our many diverse partners to learn the science behind the problems and solutions. What works and what doesn't. We demonstrate alternatives. Equity, inclusion and access are threads throughout our work as many underrepresented communities experience disproportionate exposure to pesticides. We work with peers to show other peers how they "do things differently" whether the peers are farmers, school groundskeeping staff, park managers, or city staff. We develop and provide tools and resources such as how to help your city reduce pesticides in their parks and landscaping; farm tours and field days where farmers can learn about organic and alternative methods of controlling weeds and insects; and reports and presentations about how to better protect wildlife, fish and waterways.

We also work in collaboration to change policy for the better, whether in passing a law in Oregon to require pest reduction and elimination in schools through the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or by working to improve notification laws in Washington State so that when pesticides are going to be used farm workers and neighbors will be notified and can better protect themselves.

We seek the safest and best alternatives and, when there are none, we push for more research to find them. We research and reference the science behind both our cautions and our solutions. We work at many levels using many different strategies — all toward the larger goal of advancing alternatives and moving away from pesticides.

We invite you to join us! www.pesticide.org"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tony Brand

Self Employed

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Gender
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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Most Current Diversity Survey of Board/Advisory Committee/Staff: In spring of 2014 NCAP conducted an anonymous diversity survey of our board, advisory committee and staff. We had 15 responses total out of 23 possible. We learned that 11.11% of respondents self-identify with a mobility disability. Of the respondents, 66.67% are female and 33.33% are male; 6.67% are Hispanic and 93.33% are white. In self- identifying, 73.33% or respondents identified as heterosexual; 13.33% as gay/lesbian; 6.67% as bisexual and 6.67% chose not to identify orientation. We plan to conduct a new diversity and demographic survey in April 2016. Excerpt from our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement: NCAP values equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and with all those we work with to further our mission. We seek to understand and counter historical and current patterns of oppression and racism within our organization and in how we do our work. We strive to become an antiracist and multicultural organization where racial and cultural differences are seen as assets. NCAP’s Core Values are: • Reaching long-term ecological balance and harmony between people, planet, and profit takes ingenuity and persistence. As sure as nature changes, so too must our approach. • Lasting change is possible when those who are directly impacted speak their own truth and organize their power. • Government has a responsibility to develop and enforce policies that protect the health and safety of people and the environment. It is our responsibility to help hold government accountable. • Vulnerable populations set the bar for pesticide regulation. Protect the most sensitive and we are all better protected. • Considering who stands to lose and who benefits in all environmental decisions and actions is crucial to achieving social justice and equity. • Effective pest management requires an ecological approach that looks at the whole system and roots causes, not only the symptoms. • People deserve to be treated with respect and patience, especially when asked to change their views and behaviors. We seek to be an organization where all staff and board take responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization. This means that in our organization's decision-making processes, strategic planning, hiring, board recruitment, communications, outreach and programs we strive to understand and counter all kinds of oppression and racism that create barriers for people in institutions, society, and in our own organization. We continue to explore ways that we can counter historical patterns of oppression, racism, and exclusion so that we are able to reach new and diverse audiences by changing how we do our work, the culture of our organization, how decisions are made, our policies, where we work, and how we communicate.