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Celebrating 10 Years Supporting the Vegan Movement

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VegFund is celebrating! If we lit a candle on our (vegan) birthday cake for every outreach event that we’ve funded, we’d be blowing out nearly 5,000 candles! So take a big breath! It’s 2019, and VegFund is commemorating its 10th year of supporting vegan outreach. Launched from a single act of compassion in 2008, VegFund and our global activist network has grown to include more than 2,000 activists in 50 countries around the world. Now, if we lit a candle on that birthday cake to...

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A virtual tour of VegFund

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Check it out! VegFund’s all-new website, new grant system, and new activist forum. We invite you to celebrate what we’ve designed for you, inspired by you — our grantees. We reconceived VegFund’s technology platforms over the past year to foster connections and improve our support of the global force of individuals and organizations who communicate their passion for vegan living in partnership with VegFund’s grant programs. The new website was rebuilt from scratch for improved ease-of-use and with expanded grantee support material and information that...

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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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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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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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Volunteer spotlight

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You may not know this, but VegFund offers Paid-Per-View grants to activists all over the world, not just in the US. The only difference is that viewers in the US receive $1 cash reimbursements, whereas viewers outside the US must receive non-cash reimbursements (usually a delicious vegan treat) costing $1 or less. One group that has done some great pay per view events is French organization L214, which does events called Vegan Place, sometimes assisted by other vegan or animal rights organizations, where they set up...

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Why We’re Winning

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All the best public speakers know it is key to start with a joke, so here goes: This past June, I nearly died. What? Not funny? As with many people who almost die, I found myself thinking a lot about what is most important. In doing so, I realized much of what seems to be important really isn’t. But another thought occurred to me: How would the world have been different if I had died? Beyond my immediate circle of friends and family, what really would have changed?...

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Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate

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Kim Stallwood, a long-time animal rights activist, recently published his first book entitled Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate. Stallwood went vegetarian back in 1974 and then vegan two years later. He began his animal rights career at Compassion in World Farming and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, and he then moved on to be PETA’s Executive Director and the Editor-in-Chief of Animals Agenda. Drawing on lessons learned during his nearly 40 year career in animal...

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Tips for running a successful Paid-Per-View event

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By Rachel Curit, 2014 Spring Intern Have you ever heard of Paid-PerView (PPV)? No? Let me explain. Essentially, you offer to pay people one dollar to watch a four-minute video on factory farming, such as Mercy For Animals’ Farm to Fridge or FARM’s 10 Billion Lives. These events are extremely successful on college campuses, but there are plenty of other places you can do them as well. PPV is great for anyone looking to have meaningful conversations surrounding veganism and animal rights. If at the end...

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VegFund sees green as the new black for microfinance

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By Leslie Barcus, VegFund Executive Director The Microfinance Centre of Poland (MFC) invited VegFund to serve on two panels, one on Pushing the Boundaries of Responsible Finance: Lean, Green and Mean(ingful) and another on The Impact of Animal Agriculture Microfinance on Customers’ Health and Well-being as a part of the MFC 2014 Annual Microfinance Conference held recently in Istanbul. Sponsored by VegFund, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Founder of Inspiring Awareness Now and a noted author on promoting plant-based foods, addressed the ills and negative externalities resulting...

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