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Angels and activists

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VegFund is a solid choice for sustaining your donor contribution and maximizing your impact in increasing vegan outreach around the world. Learn more by following the “12 Days of VegFund” on Facebook. Please “Like” us, and join the effort! The VegFund staff and our global activist base are grateful for donations made through our website. Each contribution, large and small, helps us grow beyond the thousands of activists we are already reaching in some 30 countries. Speaking of sustainability and impact, VegFund recently sponsored a panel...

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VegFund ventures UK Vegfests!

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VegFund attended London VegFest and the Northern Vegan Festival in Manchester this October to meet with vegan activists from around the globe. Find out more about VegFund’s programs to support vegan activists across the globe, and help us reach out at more events like these during 2016 by donating to support our work. Back to the UK Vegfests… Amanda Riley, VegFund’s Operations Assistant based in the U.S., traveled across the pond to attend these events and spread the word about VegFund’s grant programs to support the work...

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The impact of social media presence in our advocacy efforts

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Faunalytics’s recent research examining the impact of The Save Movement’s social media presence gives us insight into the value of social media for advocacy. One of the key findings from this research was that The Save Movement has been able to successfully foster awareness on social media about the individuality and plight of animals raised for food. Positive aspects of The Save Movement’s social media presence include: The peaceful, non-violent approach to their online outreach The welcoming attitude when engaging with followers online The biggest...

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VegFund’s research at NEVF

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On April 26th at the New England VegFest, VegFund undertook research to gain insight into how effective our programs are in encouraging people to make positive changes to their dietary behavior. Thousands of people – most of them not yet vegan – attended this free festival full of great vegan food, cruelty-free companies, animal advocates, and eye-opening talks! The focus of the research was a VegFund-sponsored screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, with the goal of understanding the effectiveness of documentaries in our advocacy efforts. The screening was well-attended,...

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VegFund in San Diego

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Thanks so much to everyone who came to the San Diego VegFest! VegFund was a sponsor. I gave a version of this talk: Embrace and Encourage: Lessons from Three Decades. And met with lots of people at the VegFund table. Hope to meet with more of you in the future! – Matt Ball

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An interesting study on diet and morals

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Do our morals drive our choices, or vice versa? An interesting look at the interaction between ethics and diet – useful to keep in mind for our advocacy!

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An environmental argument to help animals

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Many, if not most, environmental arguments tend to focus on the serious impacts of beef. Although we  see a vegan diet as optimal, most people instead see chicken as being vastly superior to beef (and increasingly cheaper than beef). Any time someone replaces beef with chicken, many many more animals suffer. Here is a great argument that actually helps chicken, from New Scientist (March 21, 2015, p. 44): Such a switch [from chickens to plant-based substitutes] could make a difference to the environment: if we all...

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Campus outreach in California

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Every first day of spring, thousands of vegan activists take part in Meatout, and VegFund is thrilled to be a source of funding for some of these activists through our Food Sampling program. These events vary widely in size and layout, but what they all have in common is vegans banding together to show others how wonderful vegan food can be and to encourage them to move toward a more compassionate diet. One of the best recaps we have gotten so far from Meatout 2015 that just passed was from Vikings...

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Embrace and encourage

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Before we open it up for discussion, I want to share a bit of my story with you, as a way to frame some of the lessons I’ve learned about being vegetarian since I first stopped eating animals nearly 30 years ago. Loved meat, and groovy pants! Growing up, and then when I went off to college in 1986, I was not even close to being a vegetarian. I loved going out to eat (in my funky pants!). I loved steak and pizza. I didn’t...

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Raw data

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Last year, my friend Peg, who owns and runs the local vegan restaurant, was reading The Accidental Activist. It inspired her to contact different departments at the University of Arizona here in Tucson, with the question if anyone would be interested in doing research into vegetarianism. Professor Merrie Brucks got back to her — she teaches a marketing class in the MBA program there. Every semester, the new class takes on a “client” for whom the class does marketing research. So I’m the client this year (on...

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