northwest berry foundation
The for-profit business, Peerbolt Incorporated, dba Peerbolt Crop Management (PCM), began business in 1994. It is owned and operated by Tom and Anna Peerbolt with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Within a few years it grew to four full time people and four to six part-time seasonal field technicians.
The corporate structure offered no way to ensure continuity of the educational and charitable services that occur thought the year should the owners sell the business or retire. However, these could be housed within a nonprofit corporate structure, under the ownership and oversight of an appropriate board of directors. At the same time PCM could continue to maintain ownership and management of grower and industry in-field scouting and consulting services that are appropriate for a for-profit structure.
On October 9, 2015, the Northwest Berry Foundation (NWBF) received its 503(c)(3) non-profit designation from the IRS.
Some relevant NWBF details
- The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation, meaning that any sponsorships or donations, etc are fully tax deductible.
- Its mission is to support a sustainable northwest berry industry.
- The founding board of directors is Henry Bierlink (Washington Red Raspberry Exec), Joe DeFrancesco (Oregon State Pesticide Specialist), Tom Walters (Walters Ag Research), Caroline Teasdale (Industry Specialist, Berries at BC Provincial Government), and Eric Gerbrandtt (BC reseacher).
- In addition to the industry services listed in the menu above, the NWBF will also allow us to expand our berry recovery and donation project, and expand our workshops.
- The NWBF could also in the future serve as a venue for regional coordination of berry research.
We would like the northwest berry growers and industry to be active partners in this new enterprise. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments of any kind please email or call (503) 285-0908.