|Enewsletter • July 9, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Matching Challenge Continues!
UPDATE: The goal has been reached!
Through the generosity of dozens of donors, Vegan Outreach has raised $8,359 towards July's $30,000 matching donation challenge. Thanks to everyone who has had their dollars doubled and helped Vegan Outreach receive more of the matching funds!
Please note: We hope this will be our only official fundraising campaign this summer and fall. Although conventional wisdom says paper mailings with return envelopes are necessary for optimal fundraising, we have decided to save the costs and resources of a print fundraiser if possible. If you know someone who might not get the e-newsletter, please let them know about this fund drive.
And if you haven't yet had your tax-deductible contribution doubled, please make a secure donation on-line via this page, or send a check or money order to:
Please indicate that it is for the matching drive. Thanks!
What Your Dollars Do
June 30 marked the end of Vegan Outreach's '07-'08 fiscal year. During that time, overall distribution was 2,161,975 booklets -- a 48% increase over the previous fiscal year!
This was possible only because generous contributions from our dedicated members allowed Vegan Outreach to print and distribute more booklets. Vegan Outreach is extremely efficient at converting donations to action. Simply put, your dollars -- doubled during July! -- put more booklets in the hands of more individuals.
Jen Riley leaflets at the Bethesda, MD Medical Center Metro; photo by Jon Camp.
Please help us continue to reach more people. The animals are counting on us -- we are their voice!
Link of the Week
One Possible Future, from March, 2007
Notes from Our Members
that my work with Vegan Outreach
is making a difference. "Subsidized"
literature is the only way I can
afford to be so active for animals.
Please help me be the best activist
I can be by donating
to Vegan Outreach!
Heidi Murdock leaflets a Pearl Jam concert; photo by Eileen Botti.
When I graduated college
and started working, I deliberated
about whether it was the right time
to start donating or whether I should
save my pennies. I realized if I
didn't donate now, more money wouldn't
mean much if I lived in a world
I could have helped make better.
When my donation is combined with
everyone else's, it collectively
buys us something we all want but
could never buy separately -- a
better future. I decided to donate
as early and as much as possible
so that future happens sooner. I
can honestly say it's the most satisfying
$100 I spend each month.
It is my pleasure to
contribute to your matching drive.
I became vegan at age 51 just a
few days before Thanksgiving '07
(good timing!). Eight months later,
I feel better than ever. The Vegan
Outreach website keeps me strong
Eric Paul and Brian Grupe help the Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition hand out 1,000 Vegan Outreach booklets at Harvard Square.
Here is my contribution
to your matching challenge.
My husband and I met Matt Ball in
Vegan is Enough?" discussion
at the Their Lives Our Voices conference
in June. I have been getting your
e-newsletters for about a year and
they often move me to tears. I know
that Vegan Outreach does great grassroots
organizing advocating for veganism
-- the best and easiest way to bring
about the most change for the animals.
Thank you for all you do.
I continue to distribute
your booklets widely, and I enthusiastically
promote Vegan Outreach as a particularly
effective organization in the quest
to create a more just and compassionate
world. I put two booklets in the
hands of Obama's chief environmental
advisor earlier this spring after
he spoke at UNC. When the event
was done, the Obama guy came over
and asked what kind of information
I had, so I gave him a Vegan Outreach
booklet. He said thanks, and asked
if I could spare another, because
he wanted to send one to the national
Obama campaign office.
I and the rest
of the Mercy for Animals gang had
a totally fun day at the Chicago
Pride parade. On the back of the
shirts and on the front of our banner
it read, "No one is free when
others are oppressed," which
got this very receptive crowd totally
fired up and helped us pass out
an amazing 8,000 Vegan Outreach
Jessica Dadds, Yvonne LeGrice, and Emily Pepe table at Portland State University.
At the Twin Cities
Pride parade, Compassionate
Action for Animals volunteers and
I handed out over 3,000 Vegan Outreach
booklets. Many of us heard positive
comments from the recipients. For
example, one woman was heard saying
that she is now vegetarian as a
result of getting the same leaflet
last year. We had never seen so
many people intently reading the
brochures as this time around.
I'm happy to be helping
at the Warped Tour this year. Vegan
outreach is just so effective and
saves so many lives. It's what has
to be done.