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Milestone moments from 2018

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We’ve come a long way over the past twelve months, and with a new year upon us, thoughts turn to what lies ahead. In 2018, VegFund has supported nearly 1,000 vegan outreach activities spanning more than 45 countries. These activities ranged from film screenings and video outreach to food samplings, medical conferences, research projects, vegan challenges, online veg pledges, and more. Together, let’s surpass this mark in the new year! Of the many fantastic grantee events that took place in 2018, here are just a...

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5 Days of SAVE

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This month, on June 11–15, The Save Movement — considered to be the fastest growing grassroots animal rights community in the world — hosted its annual week of action, 5 Days of SAVE. Now in its third year, this five-day event observes a global network of animal advocates coming together to bear witness to the suffering of farmed animals and to promote veganism as a solution to their suffering. Approximately 26 Save groups held vigil events in their local areas over the five-day period. Activists used photography and...

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2017 – Year of the vegan

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We’ve seen so much progress in the vegan world over the past twelve months that it’s safe to say that 2017 was the year that veganism went mainstream. And that makes 2018 an exciting year to advocate for veganism! A quick look at Google Trends shows a marked growth of interest in veganism over the past two years. Plant Based News recently reported on a study by market analyst, GlobalData Retail supporting this trend. Molly Johnson-Jones, senior analyst noted, “I don’t think it’s a fad....

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What we learned about you

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Just who is your average animal rights activist? VegFund wanted to find out — and what we found out is that there is no “average” animal rights activist — you are a diverse and highly active bunch! In August 2017, VegFund surveyed vegan activists to learn more about your backgrounds and experiences in vegan advocacy. The results will help guide us in refining and expanding our grant programming, resources, and systems to support your excellent work. We hope you will find them interesting too. VegFund...

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Celebrate World Vegan Day

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Looking for outreach ideas to mark World Vegan Day? Why not host a screening of The Last Pig? World Vegan Day, November 1st is an ideal time to raise AR awareness in your community (or any time in November). VegFund is eager to support animal rights activists like you in sharing this powerful film in communities across the globe! The film has just finished screening at independent theaters and on the festival circuit and is now available for community screenings. Read on to find out more about the film...

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Activists unite to make Indian animal rights history!

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FIAPO’s (The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations) Living Free campaign and Vegan Outreach have set a record for holding the largest animal rights awareness drive in Indian history, which is now featured in the Limca Book of Records 2017. Teams of activists from all across the Indian animal rights community and Vegan Outreach activists joined forces as the “Compassion Crusade” to help educate members of the public about vegan living. Outreach efforts included leafleting, video outreach, and a series of talks. In just two...

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Food, glorious food!

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“From Grant-Based Activism to a Plant-Based Career” As vegans, we celebrate plant-based foods as delicious, healthful, ethical, and compassionate. Plant-based foods are now one of the fastest-growing segments of the food-service industry. If you’ve ever entertained thoughts of working in the area of vegan food service, read on! Last month, Liz Gary, founder of the New Options Food Group in San Diego and former VegFund grantee joined us to present our third activist training webinar “From Grant-Based Activism to a Plant-Based Career.” Liz shared her experience in the vegan food business...

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The We Animals Archive

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Last month, photojournalist, author, and educator Jo-Anne McArthur launched the We Animals Archive*, a free archive of photography depicting our relationships with animals around the globe. Creator of the We Animals project, author of two books (We Animals and Captive, due for release this summer), and subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Ghosts in Our Machine, McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals for more than a decade, telling their individual stories with her thought-provoking and moving imagery. McArthur’s photography evokes a spectrum of emotion — ...

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Activist spotlight

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In 2016, members of the Rutgers Veg Society held an engaging “pay-per-view (PPV)” video event on their college campus to inform students about the plight of animals in the industrial farming system. For those of you who may not be familiar with “PPV,” it’s a form of outreach where advocates ask the public to view short, informative videos in exchange for a small incentive, such as $1 or $2 or a vegan treat. Vegan activists use PPV as a way to introduce the public to the hard realities...

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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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