Genetic Literacy Project Mission Statement
The Genetic Literacy Project is a nonpartisan outreach and educational nonprofit committed to aiding the public, media, and policymakers by promoting science literacy, challenging misinformation, and supporting transparent, ethical, science-based regulations of genetics and biotechnology, which are revolutionizing farming and food, medicine, and industrial production.
The Genetic Literacy Project is part of the Science Literacy Project (SLP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The SLP family of sites also includes the Epigenetics Literacy Project; and the Genetic Expert News Service (GENeS), which was run with no editorial oversight from the GLP from 2012-14; both are now on hiatus.
The GLP takes its tagline—Science Not Ideology—seriously. We stand for transparency and challenge bias. We are funded by grants from independent foundations and charities. The GLP also accepts tax-deductible donations from individuals and associations. We have no affiliation with any corporation, and never have.
The SLP operating as the GLP was independently launched in 2011 with donations from The Templeton Foundation and the Searle Freedom Trust. We have no formal affiliation with and receive no funding from any institutions, foundations, corporations or private individuals except those listed in our 990 government filings (other than donations under $500 from private individuals).
Executive director Jon Entine was a senior fellow (unpaid) at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California-Davis’ World Food Institute from 2014-2016 and was previously a senior fellow (unpaid) at George Mason University’s Center for Health and Risk Communication from 2011-2104. He does no lobbying and no consulting.
RESPONSE to the allegation that the GLP was seed-funded by the Monsanto Corporation or is a ‘front’ for agri-businesses
Despite allegations by activist groups, some of which have circulated online, the GLP (or any of its employees) never received from Monsanto (or any of its employees) any donations at its founding or since it was launched in 2011. There are no independent documents, anywhere, that support such an allegation — none. The allegation originated with and is being circulated by US Right to Know — an anti-biotechnology advocacy group founded with funding by the Organic Consumers Association, a pro-organic lobbying organization that opposes biotechnology, promotes vaccine denialism, claims that COVID originated as a Chinese bioweapon, advocates for homeopathy, and supports natural remedies over mainstream medicine. USRTK, which also partners with vaccine denialist and science conspiracy promoter Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has been provided depositions from Monsanto that refute the allegation. USRTK partners with the Church of Scientology, which originated one of the key tort cases against Monsanto over the weedkiller glyphosate. USRTK has been paid for consulting work by the Scientology’s primary law firm, Baum Hedlund, which filed one of the original Roundup cases. Baum Hedlund has made this claim in court papers but have provided no documentation in any filing — none. USRTK has never posted online or presented the GLP with evidence supporting its allegation. No media organization has presented the GLP with any documentation supporting such an allegation, although a few sites have carried commentaries with the allegation online, but with no independent sourcing. The GLP posts all of its federal 990s [below], which legally require us to disclose all donors. None shows donations from Monsanto.
The Genetic Literacy Project is a non-profit arm of the 501(c)(3) Science Literacy Project. We depend on the generosity of foundations, associations, philanthropists and individuals, including people like you, interested in our project and programs.
- John Templeton Foundation: $267,687
- Winkler Family Foundation: $180,000
- Charles Koch Foundation, Technology & Innovation Group: $68,500
- DKT Liberty Foundation: $80,000
- Lounsbery Foundation: $60,000
- Donors Trust: $25,000
- Kayser Family Foundation Fund of the DuPage Foundation: $20,000
- Charles Ohrstrom: $17,000
- AquaBounty: $5,000
- The Bader Family Foundation: $10,000
- Perry Hackett: $5,000
- The Modzelewski Charitable Fund: $2,500
- Peter Treadway: $5,000
- Individual donations: $14,911
The GLP was conceived and launched in 2011 by Jon Entine in the wake of his writing of 5 books on genetics, chemicals and risk, and hundreds of articles on sustainability and genetics. To be eligible for donations for the nonprofit start-up from independent foundations, the GLP sought affiliation with the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a 501(c)(3) housed at George Mason University. GLP was founded as an independently operated division. STATS provided accounting services and administrative support from the GLP’s inception until 2014.
Entine served as a senior fellow at STATS (unpaid) to which he contributed occasional articles. Entine concurrently served as a senior fellow (unpaid) at GMU’s Center for Health and Risk Communication. In 2014, STATS folded, ceased its affiliation with GMU and was absorbed by the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Science About Science US.
In 2015, the Sense About Science board (of which Jon Entine was temporarily a member during its transition) decided that the Genetic Literacy Project should inherit the 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal status of STATS, as Sense About Science sought its own formal nonprofit status. Sense About Science registered as a 501(c)(3). That same year, the GLP formally registered as an independent 501(c)(3) under the name Science Literacy Project (the GLP then had two sister educational outreach websites, the Epigenetics Literacy Project and GENeS), permanently ending any relationship with STATS or Sense About Science.
The SLP/GLP was guided in its launch in 2011 by an editorial advisory board.
The GLP’s current board and advisors (names below):
- Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Global Coordinator of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA) and executive director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC)
- Mary Boote (Roth), CEO of Global Farmer Network (formerly Truth About Trade and Technology)
- Jon Entine, GLP founder and executive director
- Nina V. Fedoroff, emeritus professor, Penn State University, former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Ronald E. Kleinman, physician in chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at MassGen, and the Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
- Laurie Zoloth, senior advisor to the Provost for Social Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Margaret E Burton Professor at the University of Chicago
- Ben Locwin, president Healthcare Science Advisors, PhD in behavioral neuroscience, MBA, MS; former director of Biogen
- Matt Winkler, chairman and founder of Asuragen and Ambion; chairman of the Winkler Family Foundation
- Brian Muia, Director of Finance, Loblolly Solutions
GLP 2019-2020 Annual Report
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4780 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Suite 540-431
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