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About AVS

Since 1960 the American Vegan Society (AVS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to promote the concept of veganism to an ever-wider public audience, spurring many of the initiatives that have made “vegan” a household word today, and we continue our work to help our culture advance toward a compassionate world.

Each year, AVS hosts special-occasion events that increase public awareness and understanding of the value of vegan living and the appeal of vegan food, from our annual American Vegan Garden Party to vegan holiday dinners. With biannual celebrations such as the Philly Vegan Awards and the Harvest Gala, AVS brings vegan values to many populations and helps people learn how to make and serve good vegan food. Additionally, calendar-based promotions such as Vegan Cuisine Month (February) and Dynamic Harmlessness Day (November 2) serve to educate both individuals and the public at large about vegan dishes and vegan ideals, respectively.

Our work goes beyond events: American Vegan magazine regularly keeps AVS members up to date on vegan trends, personalities, and issues, while specific areas of vegan interest are addressed in books by AVS officers including such titles as The Vegan Kitchen, Dating Vegans, The 4-Ingredient Vegan, Powerful Vegan Messages, and Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook. AVS also offers many books for sale by prominent vegan authors.

AVS maintains a free, resource-packed website to provide valuable information and tools to everyone from new vegans, or the vegan-curious, to lifelong vegans wanting to find vegan news, info on menu options and vegfests, or tasty, easy-to-use recipes. AVS also manages a speakers bureau featuring some of the most prominent and thoughtful vegan authors, activists, and experts in the country.

It is the mission of AVS to serve as a leading source of accurate vegan information for those inquiring about the lifestyle, whether in person or via media channels, and to provide positive, helpful encouragement to anyone transitioning to vegan. Our goal is always to increase public knowledge and understanding of veganism in the US, while celebrating the vision of AVS founder H. Jay Dinshah. With 60 years of accomplishments and a thorough understanding of the various needs of people in different kinds of areas of the country (from the vegan-friendliest thoroughfares to the sparsest food deserts), AVS supplies valuable perspective on current trends along with historical context and a foundation of hope for the future.

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AVS is a registered 501(c)3 organization, EIN 226058533. All donations made to the American Vegan Society are tax deductible.

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