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Established in 2019 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, the primary objective of the Pulse Foundation is to address the use of pulse crops for human health and nutrition, food insecurity, and sustainability both nationally and globally through education, charitable efforts, and the advancement of science as detailed in the Articles of Incorporation. 

The Pulse Foundation is dedicated to fostering healthy people and a healthy planet by addressing nutrition, food insecurity, and sustainability both nationally and globally through pulses. We plan to achieve these purposes through:

(1)  the pursuit of education by accumulating and disseminating information to promote awareness about the nutritional value, health benefits, economic feasibility, dietary benefits, ease of widespread crop production, and amenability to preservation and transportation of dry peas, dry beans, lentils, chickpeas, and other pulse crops, in order to address issues of hunger, malnutrition, and chronic disease and obesity among children and adults throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

(2) promoting the charitable objectives of addressing global hunger and food insecurity by engaging in efforts to improve human health and food system sustainability through the increased understanding, availability, and use of pulse crops among individuals who are malnourished or who have unhealthy diets, whether in developing countries, in the U.S., or and elsewhere around the world.

(3) supporting and pursuing the advancement of science, plant genetics and plant breeding, and research by producing and disseminating information to expand the understanding, production, and use of pulse crops to provide an available, affordable, and nutritious global food supply without burdening the environment or the limited water supplies around the world.

(4) helping to shoulder the burdens of government addressing issues of hunger and poor nutrition due to challenges in the type, amount, or the distribution of nutritious food by providing a viable food source that can be provided and produced for children and families affected by hunger.

(5) advancing research, education and promote the charitable objectives of reducing the risk factors for developing chronic diseases such as: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increasing nutrient density of diets, and to enable nutritional humanitarian relief, by promoting the awareness, benefits, and availability of nutritious and readily cultivable crops that provide healthy dietary options for children, families, schools, restaurants, and other individual, governmental, and institutional food providers.

The board of the Pulse Foundation consists of three members, all well-established, and respected within the U.S. pulse industry. 

The Pulse Foundation supported three research studies examining potential links to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs.  These research projects were instrumental in disproving associations between grain-free pet foods, negative heart health effects, and dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs.

In cooperation with members of the pulse industry, the Pulse Foundation is currently supporting the Coalition for the Advancement of Pulses (CAP), an initiative to increase the consumption of pulses.  The CAP project has funded five new research projects to investigate the human health benefits of pulses, including dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, and dry beans.

We are grateful for the financial contributions from members of our pulse coalition.  For more information on how to donate to this worthwhile effort, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (208)882-3023.

Pulse Foundation
2780 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843