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2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Gentle World Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Mission: Gentle World’s core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. All our members volunteer their time, as we believe that embracing the vegan ideal is nothing less than humanity’s next evolutionary step and our greatest hope for real peace on earth.

Results: Through our online educational resources, cooking classes, live in visitor program, seminars and individual consultations we have been able to help thousands of people become vegan and ultimately inspire thousands more to take this important step on the path to a sustainable and more peaceful existence.

Target demographics: people of all ages and from all walks of life

Geographic areas served: Hawaii and New Zealand

Programs: welcoming guests to participate in our live-in visitor program, and creating high-quality content for our educational website, our volunteers provide seminars, private consultations, cooking classes, and wholesome meals for interested participants and those in need.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across an essay from The Gentle World through a friend. They are good reads and come in handy to share with friends that are newly vegan and are looking into going vegan.
Earlier this year I have learned about their cookbook "The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals" being sold for a deep discount to their supporters. I bought several copies and in this way I am able to give out a cookbook to people that I meet on different occasions.
Thank you for all your great work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentle World is a magical nonprofit which educates everyone about veganism and with it, how to be a compassionate environmentalist. It is a magical experience to be at Gentle World. Everyone there is superb, and I hope everyone one day gets a chance to work with this incredible organization.

Kayla Rae W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To say that I am greatly impressed with the incredible folks at Gentle World would be an understatement. This organization is chock full of talented, compassionate people who are giving their all to help transform this world into a kinder place for all earthlings. Their ongoing dedication to their mission is inspiring and powerful. This planet is blessed to have such a fine organization fighting the good fight on behalf of all her inhabitants. Gentle World is so worthy of the support of all who wish to see a more compassionate world unfold sooner rather than later. Thank you, Gentle World, for all that you continue to do in this regard.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stayed at Gentle World for two weeks last year and I loved it so much I ended up coming back two months later for another two weeks. The property was beautiful, I got my own little cabin to live in during my stay and was welcomed with open arms. I learned so much about veganic gardening and now have a veganic garden of my own back at home. The daily meals that were provided were delicious and fulfilling. The work involved varied day by day but I enjoyed all of it , especially taking the two rescue dogs out on walks. Got lots of time to just relax too and get to know Gentle World a lot more. I feel like I have made lifelong friends at Gentle World and I know I will be back again someday.

Helena L.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm so happy and grateful for our partnership with this beautiful organization. When we were running out of grass for our rescued cows, our friends at Gentle World offered to help without hesitation. They are showering our girls with love and compassion, I couldn't have asked for better caregivers.

The people of Gentle World are genuine and kind, with a profound love for all beings. They are working tirelessly towards are more compassionate world, for humans and non-humans alike.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentleworld’s purpose and way of being is a wonderful example for the world. Based on a true vegan ethic they stand out as world leaders. I truly believe is we took the violence off our plates world peace would actually be possible. Thank you Gentleworld for being a beacon for people everywhere. Always in my heart. Hope

Aaron L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to the island about 3 months after staying with the lovely folks at Gentle world. I like to believe that staying on island had a lot to do with how familial and gentle my stay was when I first arrived in Kona. Sky picked me up and told me story after story until we reached the property over an hour away! Next, I met Summer, whom I spoke with several times before arriving... and her energy was just as grounded and kind as I imagined it would be. Later I would meet Love, the writer, Meadow, the techy garden man and Light, the man who made Gentle world what it is today... The stories I heard are incredible, the energy, passion, care for life, good food and good intention is very much present in all of these people... i can sincerely say that each and every soul there was incredibly fascinating, kind, intelligent and filled with beauty and good intention. My cabin at the bottom of the gentle world property neighbored several acres of grassland w/goats and I have no complaints. It was a beautiful sight! The stars were bright, the koki frog sounds beautiful and the work/projects leave you with enough of the day to relax in the sun or to read a book under a tree, have an incredible lunch and hang out/play games with other work-traders. I was only there for one week but I felt included, cared for like family and was always learning something new... I loved my stay at Gentle World!

Pippa L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to visit Gentle World in New Zealand with my mum a few years ago. I found it to be an incredible place, that gave me hope when I had none. I feel extremely lucky to have been fortunate enough to have travelled to a place that harnessed the idea of community, living from the earth, respecting nature and standing up for animals.
The people were lovely, the landscape was beautiful. We paddled in fresh water and sunbathed in the long grass, totally isolated. We cooked and ate with members of the community in the evening. It's a wonderful place to visit and a worthy cause to donate to, we need more of them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentle World is a real-life experience into a holistic, sustaining model of human experience that celebrates compassion, intelligence and awareness. Not only is Gentle World the longest continuously operating vegan community in the United States, nearly all of its founding members continue to chart its destiny today. It is with great joy that I can call all at Gentle World true friends. Don not pass up an opportunity to visit!

QuarkMann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With the beginning of 2020 I decided to step into the world of Gentle World. A truly unique experience which finally convinced me to go vegan. Thanks to the people at this welcoming and warm place I learned not only more about compassion, hospitality and a healthy diet but also about an alternative lifestyle which is worth striving for. It was a real pleasure helping them with their garden work and food preparations while seeing how life beyond all the touristy temptations on Hawai'i actually feels like. For all that I'm truly grateful and I hope many more people will have the chance to see this beautiful place by themselves and learn what respect, compassion, and mindfulness really means.

Michael130

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone there is a pioneer of ethical, compassionate, healthy living, and I continue to reflect upon what I experienced during my stay. As soon as I arrived, I was met with love, patience, and acceptance; and the learning started immediately. While I had stopped using animal products for some time prior to my trip, I didn't fully understand the role and virtue of veganism until I went to Gentle World. The food was delicious, the people were great, and the work on the farm was intensely satisfying; and I also enjoyed doing my "cheers," a word they use instead of "chores." Maybe the best way to sum this review up is that I hope to go back as soon as possible!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The 3 weeks I spent at Gentle World changed my life forever! It was the first time I felt so much honesty and connectedness in a group of people working towards a common goal. After one week of staying there I adopted a vegan lifestyle which for me until today, is the most profound transformation I ever allowed my self to experience! A blessing for my life and the entire creation! Thanks so much to you dear people at Gentle World! You make a big difference in many lives!

Donor

Rating: 5

Gentle World distinguishes itself from other nonprofits promoting nonviolence by focusing on veganism as an essential and integral part of avoiding unnecessary violence in our lives. First and most importantly, veganism avoids unnecessary exploitation and violence inflicted on innocent nonhuman animals. Secondarily, a plants-only diet (i.e. the dietary component of veganism) has far reaching effects in sustainability and reducing our ecological footprint by reducing consumption, waste, and pollution. A plants-only diet also solves the most widespread health problems facing large, affluent human populations, including heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cancer, diabetes, and many other diet-related diseases.

Gentle World engages in vegan education -- online, through multi-day, overnight education programs, and through special events -- to inform and inspire people from all over the world about the many diverse benefits of veganism touched on above, as well as how to go about adopting vegan attitudes and living, from the “big picture” of a philosophical paradigm of avoiding unnecessary violence in our lives, to the small details of label reading and delicious animal-product-free recipes for traditional favorites such as lasagna.

After over nine years of experience in exploring many nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing unnecessary violence toward both human and other animals, I am convinced that Gentle World is one of the most, if not the most, undervalued nonprofit organizations in existence today.

Jim_5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentle World open hearts and minds to what is possible. Compassion, sustainability and health are at the core of this group. They offered me many opportunities to do outreach for myself and with them. They are an inspirational and dedicated group to making this world a better place for every being.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I first went to Gentle World I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. What I found there was a group of people dedicated to living a compassionate life and to teaching others about it. Though I can be an introverted guy at times, I found myself wanting to spend every possible moment that I could with these remarkable and inspiring people. They will always hold a dear place in my heart. The dreamer in me hopes that more individuals like them are growing every day. They are a blessing to this world and to all those they meet.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been impressed and inspired by Gentle World's valiant efforts to spread the vegan message for many years. I have found the articles on the Gentle World website to be consistently excellent in terms of both creativity and skill in articulation, as well as passion in articulating the ideas that i feel are the most important for people to be considering today. I especially appreciate Gentle World's consistent insistence on liberation for all nonhuman animals, as well as their awareness of the spiritual, cultural, and psychological dimensions of the issues. Besides their website, Gentle World does hands on outreach and activism, and also works as a living/learning/education center to demonstrate the viability of vegan community in our world today. They've also published a terrific vegan cookbook and other materials to help spread the vegan message, and thus to me stand out as one of the most benevolent, insightful, helpful non-profit organizations.

Alice T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Finding Gentle World's website was a revelation to me and continues to inspire me to continue my quest to help others to follow the path of respect for our fellow creatures and our planet. To know there is a working environment that is sustainable with no use of animal products is important to the world at large, to teach the students that are involved with it as well as to prove it is possible in a society that might say it is not. Gentle World is a shining example that is a comfort and an inspiration to all that hope to create a better future for ourselves, the planet and all its creatures.

Darley

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years I have contributed to animal rights and animal welfare organizations, but since discovering Gentle World two years ago, it has become my favorite foundation. The main reason is that the members of this community live the lifestyle that they teach. And they welcome everyone to come and learn firsthand what they have learned from decades of experience about creating a harmonious world for all sentient beings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My grandson and I were so inspired and encouraged by this organization and the community members. We viewed a powerful film called Earthlings that we would recommend to any one who is searching for the truth about how the commercial animal businesses are processing our fellow beings. We volunteered at the community in Hawaii where we where treated in a fair and supportive way. The food was tasty and the accommodations where clean and beautiful. I would recommend this organization to anyone who is open to learning by immersion about eating ethically and for well being. We hope to return to this lovely place where we met new friends!

angelflinn

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for Gentle World in 2000. Since then, I have become so inspired by this organization's mission that I have made it my life's work. I am now Gentle World's Director of Outreach, and I am excited to see what we will be able to achieve in the years to come. I encourage all those who are passionate about building a more peaceful world to get in touch and volunteer your time. You won't be sorry!

BellaFortuna

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gentle World is unlike any non-profit that I had volunteered for before. Two years ago I joined the crew to help for three weeks and I loved it so much I'm still volunteering for them today. My experience with Gentle World was and continues to be truely life changing.