Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

  • Auburn, WA
  • http://www.gluten.net

Mission Statement

Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) provides support and education to persons with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis in order to live healthy lives. GIG provides direct support through our social service programs and indirect support through our food industry programs.

Main Programs

  1. Branches
  2. GFCO/GFRAP/GFFS
  3. Conferences and Events
  4. Youth Programs
  5. General Education, Awareness & Support
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

GIG supports persons living with gluten intolerance diseases, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and other gluten-related conditions.

ruling year

1991

Principal Officer since 1996

Self-reported

Cynthia Kupper

Keywords

Self-reported

gluten-free education and support, celiac disease, food industry support,

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Also Known As

GIG

EIN

91-1458226

 Number

6640213808

Physical Address

31214 124th Ave SE

Auburn, 98092 3667

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Digestive Diseases, Disorders (G70)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (P19)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

GIG has improved the lives of persons following a gluten-free lifestyle through the advances in gluten-free food certification, gluten-free food service accreditation, and restaurant awareness programs, which give consumers confidence in their food choices. GIG provides free access to our consumer education materials through our website.

 

GIG has launced a national program providing support and positive advocacy to and for teens through a program called TAGS (Teen Advocates for Gluten Sensitivities). TAGS teens are positive role models for other teens, and advocate for their needs.

 

GIG's much needed Gluten-Free Food Service Accreditation program is aimed at assisting food services of all types to implement Best Practices for safe gluten-free food production. Foods "Certified Gluten-Free" meet strict standards in production. These programs provide consumers assurance in the foods they buy and when dining away from home.

GIG's social programs generally exceed the goals of the program. GIG provides program evaluations on our website for programs recently completed.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Branches

To provide training and support of local leaders in meeting their community needs

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$122,351.00

Program 2

GFCO/GFRAP/GFFS

Provides support and guidelines for retailers, manufacturers and restaurants and food service establishments in providing food that is safe for people with gluten sensitivities

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$133,446.00

Program 3

Conferences and Events

Provides education and support to people in the community with gluten sensitivities

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$105,445.00

Program 4

Youth Programs

Provides support and education for teens and youths with gluten sensitivities

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$6,770.00

Program 5

General Education, Awareness & Support

Provides education, awareness and support to people in the community with gluten sensitivities

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$54,215.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

GIG supports persons living with gluten intolerance diseases, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and other gluten-related conditions.

Funding Needs

Scholarships: 1. GIG Kids Camps - scholarships for children attending GIG Kids's Camps. Camper registration runs $600-$800 per child. GIG spends an average of $150/child per week on specialty foods. This cost is not added to the child's normal registration. 2. Annual Education Conference - Scholarships allow persons to attend the annual education conference. The conference is filled with presentations, exhibits and the chance to build lasting friendships. 3. Leadership Training - GIG provides a full-day of training, education, and support designed to give leaders the tools to be more successful. All leaders attend at no charge. However not all leaders can afford the travel and hotel stay. We would like to offer travel assistance. General program support: 1. TAGS (Teen Advocates for Gluten Sensitivities) helps teens to become positive role models for self-advocacy and awareness of the needs of teens with gluten intolerances. This program is internet based with local activities and events. 2. Education - development of education materials is key to consumer support. Distribution of our materials and magazine is critical to consumer support.

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Financials

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GLUTEN INTOLERANCE GROUP OF NORTH AMERICA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Cynthia Kupper

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"GIG has the ability to offer a unique perspective on the gluten-free consumers and community.  Having a Director with a medical background has positioned GIG as the leader in providing quality and successful programs to consumers, health professionals and food industry members. 

 

Our industry programs set us apart from other similar organziations. Through these programs we bring confidence to consumers decisions about the foods they eat and we help establish the companies who are leaders and innovators in the gluten-free market. Our industry programs help to provide additional support to our consumer services.

 

GIG believes in a unified community and is also working hard to form partnerships with key organizations and businesses that will advance the ideal of community first."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Kline

Boy Scouts of America

Term: May 2013 - May 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?