On the right path: Our
journey to charitable status

Achieving charitable status in 2020 has allowed IPTN to strategically expand to advance their mission, giving patients renewed hope for the future. With this important designation, IPTN is positioned to study the therapeutic nutrition field alongside diverse partners and translate this knowledge to best serve the public.

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Changing the conversation around chronic disease treatment was a foundational goal of the IPTN when it was founded as a non-profit in 2016. As IPTN grew as an organization, achieving charitable status was critical in obtaining the credibility, credentials and resources needed to make real change and give patients renewed hope for the future. 

The IPTN’s journey to achieving charitable status in 2020 was not an easy feat but as Chief Operating Officer Barb Reece explained, it was the right fit.  

“A charitable organization has to provide benefits to the public, such as improving health or providing education,” said Reece. “We looked at what we were doing and how it benefits people. We are raising awareness about a critical shift in thinking about chronic disease. We are giving the public and health care providers the tools and information they need to successfully navigate this change.”  

Achieving charitable status brought the IPTN an opportunity to strategically expand to deliver on their mission. Taking an unbiased and evidence-based approach, they are able to study the therapeutic nutrition field alongside diverse partners and translate this knowledge to best serve the public. 

“We haven’t wavered from pursuing our ‘true north’ and getting this status confirmed we were on the right path.”  
Barb Reece, COO 

Since achieving charitable status, IPTN has hit the ground running, creating budgets, developing HR capabilities and recruitment strategies and is now assembling the team of people that are needed to get the work done. They are poised to fulfill their promise and be an organization capable of delivering programming and services expected of a charity. 

“Achieving charitable status helped to make our motivations clear,” said Sean McKelvey, Chief Executive Officer. “We are doing this because it’s the right thing to do for the benefit of the public – supporting health professionals to improve outcomes for patients.”