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American Vegan Center

UPDATE: The American Vegan Center opened its doors to the public on September 9th, 2021, sharing vegan food info, books, history, vegan merchandise and much more. Read our official announcement. We continue to offer Veg History walking tours of Old City. Sign Up Here for a tour!  

SEPTEMBER 2021 Hours:

Tuesday / Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm

Friday / Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm


Imagine touring a historic city and finding a vegan visitors’ center where you are welcomed and can relax. The city where the United States vegetarian movement was launched in 1817, and where the modern vegan movement began in 1957, today is home to a vibrant vegan food scene, from nationally-acclaimed fine dining to amazing vegan burgers and donuts. Philadelphia Pennsylvania has a rich and curious plant-based past and is today is known for great events, friendly people, and a diverse vegan community.

American Vegan Center

Located on a charming corner of Old City, the American Vegan Center will initially act as an information center pointing the way to vegan food options in the historic district and at key tourist spots. The front room, or Welcome Room, is a small shop with books, T-shirts, and Philly-specific vegan souvenirs. As live indoor events become safely feasible, the Center will open its event room to host presentations by chefs, doctors, scholars, authors, and others.

This summer, walking tours launched showcasing Philly’s rich vegetarian and vegan heritage. These will be a mainstay of the Center’s offerings. (Click to see the current schedule of upcoming veg history tours.)

The announcement of the Center has drawn attention from many quarters. Here are some of the articles that paint a picture of the Center and its goals from differing perspectives:

Anna Starostinetskaya, VegNews:
The US is getting a national vegan welcome center

Patrick Kerr, GRID Magazine:
New venue offers a place to discover plant-based food and history

Peter Crimmins, WHYY:
New center will highlight Philadelphia’s vegan roots

Click here to read the original February 2021 prospectus for the American Vegan Center (one-page PDF).


To make the AVC a reality, we are soliciting involvement wherein individuals, businesses, and foundations pledge annual donations of $100 to $50,000. Our target is $200,000 for the first year, of which already pledged is $100,000.

Please send checks to: AVS, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328. Phone AVS at 856-694-2887 for more information. PayPal buttons are very useful for smaller donations and monthly pledges, but they do take out a fee. Budget is available upon request.

AMERICAN VEGAN CENTER DONATIONS

Founder Sponsorships

American Vegan Benefactor

$25,000 and up

  1. Naming rights to AVC Welcome Room or AVC Event Space (top 2 donors)
  2. Featured coverage of gift in American Vegan magazine, including interview
  3. Thanked in all AVC press releases
  4. Special dinner for you and a guest cooked by Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and Anne Dinshah at the AVC (when safe to do so)
  5. Free VIP Admission to all AVS events
  6. Listed annually in American Vegan magazine
  7. Customized 2’x3′ Drawalong image around your initials
  8. First to receive each new postcard created (authenticated by AVS staff and mailed to you from Ben Franklin post office)
  9. Life membership AVS
  10. Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt
  11. Certificate of appreciation
  12. Thanked at AVC opening event
  13. Named individually on AVC slide show
  14. Bumper sticker

Dynamic Harmlessness Hero

$15,000 to $24,999

  1. Dinner with Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and/or Anne Dinshah at Vedge (when safe to do so)
  2. Free VIP Admission to all AVS events
  3. Listed annually in American Vegan magazine
  4. Customized 2’x3′ Drawalong image around your initials
  5. Named on wall plaque
  6. First to receive each new postcard created (authenticated by AVS staff and mailed to you from Ben Franklin post office)
  7. Life membership AVS
  8. Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt
  9. Certificate of appreciation
  10. Thanked at AVC opening event
  11. Named individually on AVC slide show
  12. Bumper sticker

Vegan Cuisine Initiator

$5,000 to $14,999

  1. Recognized by name on wall plaque
  2. First to receive each new postcard created (authenticated by AVS staff and mailed to you from Ben Franklin post office)
  3. Zoom call with Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and/or Anne Dinshah
  4. Life membership AVS
  5. Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt
  6. Certificate of appreciation
  7. Thanked at AVC opening event
  8. Named individually on AVC slide show
  9. Bumper sticker

Vegan Guide

$1,000 to $4,999

  1. Zoom call with Freya Dinshah, Vance Lehmkuhl, and/or Anne Dinshah
  2. Life membership AVS
  3. Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt
  4. Certificate of appreciation
  5. Thanked at AVC opening event
  6. Named individually on AVC slide show
  7. Bumper sticker

Vegan Explorer

$500 to $999

  1. American Vegan Society annual membership
  2. Name listed on American Vegan Center promotional t-shirt
  3. Certificate of appreciation
  4. Thanked at AVC opening event
  5. Named individually on AVC slide show
  6. Bumper sticker

 

Special Funding Opportunity

Endowed Staff Position

We want to make this center the premier visitor’s center in Philadelphia but to do so, we need the center to be staffed full-time! If you are interested in creating an endowed staff position for the AVC, please reach out to Development Manager Gabby Mora at [email protected]

 

 

Choose your amount and whether to donate once, monthly, or annually!

 

56 Dinshah Lane, P.O. Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328 856.694.2887
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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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