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Vegan Synergy

These organizations are doing great work promoting veganism in various ways. Check out our favorite vegan synergy organizations!

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The vegan movement has certainly grown since American Vegan Society (AVS) was established in 1960 (now the longest-running national vegan organization in the U.S.)! We believe in synergy: the cooperation of two or more organizations produces a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

 Vegan Synergy Month is August, our selected month to promote #vegansynergy, but we believe it is a year-round endeavor. Why August? H. Jay Dinshah officially founded AVS February 8 1960, but August 1 1960 is a bigger day in AVS history. Freya and Jay married; AVS became much stronger than doubling Jay’s efforts as a lone speaker/author. People called Jay a crank. He said, “It takes a crank to get things started.”

We appreciate all these organizations cranking things up to help make vegan mainstream!

Afro-Vegan Society is a national nonprofit organization in the U.S. that provides people in marginalized communities with the education and inspiration they need to transition to vegan living. Afro-Vegan Society’s event Veguary is a FREE month-long celebration encouraging people to try vegan living during the month of February. This campaign, during Black History Month in the United States, highlights the contributions of Black trailblazers and the many benefits of vegan living in our communities.

Beyond Carnism is a U.S.-based, international organization dedicated to exposing and transforming carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. Beyond Carnism seeks to empower nonvegan consumers and vegan advocates through awareness raising and training, to help create a more just and compassionate world for all beings, human and nonhuman alike.

The Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA) works to increase the impact of vegan advocacy worldwide by increasing the effectiveness of vegan advocates and organizations and by helping to create a more unified and resilient vegan movement. CEVA provides on-site and online trainings, organizational consulting, and leadership support at low to no cost, by highly experienced trainers.

The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental, and social justice issues of our food choices. While CHSF helps schools across the country, they have significant formal partnerships with NYC schools, as a driving force behind Plant-Powered Fridays, and with Ithaca NY schools, where they developed a collection of Plant-Powered Recipes inspired by foods from around the world in partnership with Moosewood Restaurant. 

Founded in 2007 by longtime animal advocate lauren Ornelas, Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is a vegan nonprofit working toward a food system free from the abuse and exploitation of animals, humans, and the environment. The group encourages healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society and focuses on four core programs: vegan advocacy, farm worker justice, chocolate transparency, and access to healthy foods. F.E.P. has created such resources and events as VeganMexicanFood.com, VeganFilipinoFood.com, VeganLaoFood.com, a free app that lists chocolates they do and do not recommend, an annual School Supply Drive for the children of farm workers, and the Vallejo Healthy Food Fest.

With a history that spans over 50 years, Gentle World is both a vegan intentional community and a 501(c)(3) educational organization whose 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 make the vegan transition. Toward that end, Gentle World serves as a clearinghouse of information staffed by a team of volunteers who provide educational services free of charge to people from all over the world. Their nonprofit activities include online outreach, and in-person immersions at their two visitor centers in Hawaii and New Zealand. 

Lebanese Vegans are the backbone of veganism in Lebanon and the region. Since 2016, they have held countless workshops, activism events, and conferences about animal rights. From billboard and radio campaigns to live cooking on the streets, Lebanese Vegans take advantage of every tool to broadcast the voice of the animals. On November 1 2021 they inaugurated the Lebanese Vegans Social Hub (Beirut Lebanon), the only animal rights and vegan support center in Southwest Asia and North Africa. 

Since 1974, the North American Vegetarian Society has advocated Healthy, Compassionate, and Ecological Living.  They put on the educational conference Vegan Summerfest and are the originators of World Vegetarian Day which is celebrated each year on October 1st.

Peace Advocacy Network (PAN) promotes a peaceful existence through veganism, social justice, and respect for the Earth’s inhabitants and resources. PAN, founded in 2010, is a grassroots group that strives for the absence of violence in the lives of people and animals by eliminating oppression and inequity. PAN achieves its goals through three primary programs. (1) Free 30-day Vegan Pledge Program (VPP) is unlike most other pledge programs because it implements the science of accountability for success. Over 30 days PAN meets five times with participants to discuss environmental impact, ethics, and health with credentialed speakers. PAN also shares cooking classes, panel discussions on how to live in a nonvegan world, and explores additional topics such as low-waste lifestyles. Every participant receives a personal mentor, digital cookbooks, and coupons. (2) A free recycling program that helps recycle items typically not recycled curbside. (3) Vegan Activist Academy (VAA) that currently offers a free Certified Animal Activist program training environmental and animal activists to be more effective in their own communities. This program trains important skills, and participants prepare an action plan best suited for their community and culture. 

Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc. (“P-POD”) produces national P-POD Conferences which serve the public while providing fully-accredited continuing education to practitioners and students in health-related professions. Society’s major chronic diseases may largely be prevented or even reversed via plant-based vegan nutrition and related lifestyle measures.  P-POD is renowned for reflecting society’s diversity, and for now producing conferences that satisfy the in-person-learning prerequisite for candidates to become credentialed in the rapidly expanding field of Lifestyle Medicine.

 

Project Vegan 716 is an LLC, included here because of the great work they do similar to the vegan nonprofit organizations. Since September 2019 this corporation has been working to educate the public about the benefits of following a vegan lifestyle, to help others transition to a vegan lifestyle, and to work collaboratively with other business owners to help grow and strengthen the vegan community. Offering support, education, and resources to all who wish to follow a kinder, healthier lifestyle, they give 1:1 and small group vegan lifestyle coaching, educational seminars, plant-based cooking classes, and DIY workshops. They work collaboratively with other vegan businesses and start-ups to grow their businesses and fulfill needs within the vegan community. They opened The Vegan Center on Halloween in 2020 at 60 Broad Street in Tonawanda NY (near Buffalo, hence the area code in their name) to further their collaborative efforts with vegan business owners and to bring the vegan community together in a safe, welcoming place. 

Switch4Good is a nonprofit of dairy-free scientists, medical experts, dietitians, and athletes helping others live better and do more by ditching dairy and making the switch to plant-based fuel. Using evidence-backed research, Switch4Good aims to disrupt the status quo and eliminate dependence on dairy for the sake of improved health, enhanced athletic performance, planetary responsibility, and food justice.

Founded in 1944, The Vegan Society is the orginal vegan society (U.K. based). The Vegan Society is a registered educational charity that provides information and guidance on various aspects of veganism. The Vegan Society works to help more people become vegan with confidence, encourage more trusted Vegan Society Trademarked products to be available in shops, and take veganism to the mainstream. As a membership organization, members support the campaigns, education work, advocacy, research, and outreach by joining.

American Vegan Society is the U.S. agent for The Vegan Society’s Trademark. More info here.

Vegan Hacktivists are a diverse community of passionate vegan activists from all around the world volunteering their time and skills towards the animal protection movement. Vegan Hacktivists build free technology and offer free services with the goal of reducing or stopping the mass amounts of suffering caused by factory farming. Their Vegan Bootcamp is a free challenge website that takes participants step-by-step towards a vegan lifestyle. Meanwhile Activist Hub revolutionizes street activism enabling the collection of data on how many people are inspired to go vegan. 

 


 

The Vegan Museum (TVM) has a mission to preserve important artifacts of the deep, rich, and ongoing history of the vegetarian and vegan movements in the United States. TVM draws on this legacy to promote the values and benefits of veganism for human health, the environment, and the honoring of all life through exhibits, educational programs, and literature. TVM’s vision is of a flourishing world in which avoidable human and animal suffering are eliminated, with all life being in sustainable balance. Eating a whole-food vegan diet is one of the primary factors that will lead us toward this harmony. 

Vegan Outreach works to end violence towards animals. They seek a future in which sentient animals are no longer exploited as commodities. Vegan Outreach works to help people go and stay vegan—through the Vegan Mentor Program, nutrition tips, and most importantly, the high-impact 10 Weeks to Vegan program.

Veganuary is a nonprofit organization that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for January and beyond. Throughout the year, Veganuary encourages and supports people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering, and improving the health of millions of people.

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public on veganism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. VRG has been helping health professionals, food services, businesses, educators, students, vegans, and vegetarians since 1982. In addition, VRG publishes the quarterly Vegan Journal magazine.  

VegEvents is the largest vegan event calendar and weekly event newsletter. Find an in-person or virtual event where you can gain support for going or staying vegan.

VegMealDelivery is a worldwide directory of delivery services that make it easy to eat more plants by helping you replace some or all of your daily meals with healthier pre-made options delivered to your door

VegMovies has the largest collection of vegan movies and documentaries. Find something vegan-friendly and animal-friendly to watch or recommend today.

World Vegan Vision (WVV) actively promotes veganism for better health, animal welfare, and environmental conservation. WVV was founded by Mr. H.K.Shah and Mrs. Malti Shah as Vegetarian Vision in 1992, changed to World Vegan Vision in 2018, and has now grown to include chapters in NY, NJ, OH and 2 in India. WVV performs vegan outreach via a variety of events: online and in-person lectures, and social events. WVV publishes a monthly newsletter. WVV is also seeking to support vegan entrepreneurs in growing their practical and profitable ventures by providing financing and other support. 

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