VEGFUND

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO BOX 3035 Glendale CA 91221 USA

Mission: VegFund empowers vegan activists worldwide by funding and supporting outreach activities that inspire people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle.
Results: In 2010, approximately 295,000 vegan food samples (along with educational literature) were distributed; 5,000 individuals were exposed to the realities of factory farming via our Pay-Per-View program; and as a result of online campaigns, there were over 6 million views of Farm to Fridge (a video which shows people the truth about factory farming).
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: VegFund empowers vegan activists worldwide by funding and supporting effective outreach activities that inspire people to choose and maintain a vegan lifestyle. Since 2009, VegFund grants have enabled activists to: 1. Organize thousands of vegan outreach projects in dozens of countries 2. Distribute hundreds of thousands of vegan food samples and brochures 3. Show tens of millions of online viewers the benefits of veganism. Learn about our grant programs here: http://www.vegfund.org/programs-overview.html

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

I've had the fortunate opportunity to see how VegFund operates closely, and they are one of the most effective animal advocacy groups I know dollar for dollar. They run several campaigns that approach animal advocacy from entirely new ways filling a niche unlike any other organization. Campaigns range from mobilizing volunteers at events around the world for direct food outreach to results-driven, online video-outreach campaigns that have awakened millions of people to what factory farming looks like from the victim's perspective. The best part of VegFund is their tiny, yet devoutly dedicated and competent staff who continue to adapt, improve and trial outreach efforts. This has already lead to exciting results that have then been amplified into powerful campaigns in 2011 alone. Two of my favorite things about VegFund are: One, they clearly pursue animal rights from an abolitionist perspective in every one of their events and campaigns influencing thousands of people towards veganism; Two, they have excellent leadership that focuses on inspiring and informing people in a non-combative, matter-of-fact, friendly manner. VegFund is a small, yet hot animal rights organization that has many new, promising ideas that will further evolve the face of animal advocacy, and should be watched in 2012.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen people's reactions online and in person, and I've seen how shoe-string and low cost VegFund is able to provide these outreach opportunities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would triple its funding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They're honestly one step ahead of me on this item.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

empowered

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

VegFund is a wonderful non-profit organization that focuses on educating the public about the benefits of a vegan diet. Through VegFund's grant programs, animal advocates are able to give out delicious vegan food samples, educational literature, and show videos that help people understand why more and more people are choosing a vegan lifestyle.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We started VegFund to further vegan/AR outreach and education. To date VegFund has had a profound impact. Apply for funds and help make this world more sustainable, healthier and compassionate.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

VegFund is a unique and essential resource for hundreds of grassroots activists, groups and organizations who work to end cruelty to farmed animals. The vegan movement has been on a rise in the past decade however most groups still operate on shoe-string budgets and with limited access to professional expertise (marketing, legal, technology etc.). VegFund provides much-needed financial grants for outreach projects but it also provides free consulting allowing others to be much more effective in their outreach. In just over two years of its existence, and only made of a small, mostly volunteer-based team, VegFund has helped pioneer many groundbreaking vegan outreach projects worldwide.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer with a small, local advocacy group and have been fortunate enough to have VegFund's financial assistance - as well as advice - so that our tabling events are effective and affordable. This allows us to carry our message to more people, more often. Thank you VegFund!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

Word of mouth

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Brilliant ideas on how to help make this a better world for people, the planet and animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

VegFund utilizes an innovative and comprehensive approach to disseminating the multitude of benefits in adopting a plant-based diet. Their approach spans all aspects of the issue, in particular focusing on the treatment of nonhuman animals and the promotion of personal health and environmental sustainability. In addition, VegFund incorporates detailed research in their planning phase, which pays off in dividends when implementing diverse programs such as food sampling, video outreach, and merit awards. Knowing this, I have personally helped with their online outreach efforts, and have found them to be a highly professional, competent, passionate, and dedicated organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

VegFund rocks!!! I love their food sampling events and have gotten to volunteer at several.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first went to VegFund for advice with my own group, but I got so much more than that. They offered to fund a project I'd started, taking on both the financial and recordkeeping burden and making it much more successful than I could have. The concept of VegFund is the height of generosity--to fund other groups that are doing good work for animals. Their support allows many small groups to spend time helping animals rather than spend a lot of time fundraising. The people in charge of VegFund are very sharp, sensible, organized, work well together, and dedicated to helping animals. I'm lucky to know them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

Serving tasty vegan food samples is the best way I know of to inspire people to adopt a compassionate diet. VegFund facilitates such projects through funding and practical guidance. More recently, the organization is opening the eyes of the public to the cruelties of animal agriculture through viewing of graphic undercover videos.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

VegFund is a three year old organization that gives grants to animal advocates around the world so they can continue their vital work. VegFund represented one of the positive things that came out of the tragic Michael Vick affair. I wrote a letter to the editor of my small hometown newspaper about how awful farm animals were treated but no one seemed to care about them. The letter attracted the attention of a foundation director in another part of the country who was also concerned about the suffering of farm animals. The first donation was for $500 with a mandate to tell as many people as possible about how a vegetarian or vegan diet will help stop animals suffering just like Michael Vick's dogs. Now VegFund is operating in the US and 25 other countries giving samples of vegan food away and educating the public about the horrors of factory farms. VegFund shows people how they can help by changing their diet. I am proud to be a volunteer with this compassionate and incredible organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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