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Ben & Jerry's Foundation, Inc.

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation promotes progressive social change by supporting grassroots organizations that utilize community organizing strategies to advance social and environmental justice.


Established in 1985 in NY - Founded by Bennett "Ben" Cohen, the co-founder of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the town of Merrick on Long Island, Cohen first met and befriended his future business partner, Jerry Greenfield, in a junior high school gym class in 1963. The two men opened Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont, in 1977. Cohen turned his new-found wealth and prominence toward a variety of social causes, generally through the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, which receives 7.5% of all Ben & Jerry's pre-tax profits. Cohen resigned as Chief Executive Officer in 1996, and has not been actively involved with the company since the Unilever acquisition in 2000, apart from his membership on the advisory board.


Ben & Jerry's Foundation, Inc.

Company-sponsored foundation




30 Community Dr. South Burlington, VT United States 05403-6828

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