By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Development
Raising money for the work of Vegan Outreach is a team effort all year long. From Josie Moody, who does a thousand jobs including keeping our donor records updated, to Alex Bury, who since January has been providing expertise in a variety of ways, to our Outreach Coordinators and other staff who are out there talking to the masses about VO’s work and why we do it. It really takes a village, and I’m so lucky to work with brilliant and compassionate people like these.
I’m even luckier that in May and June, our team gets even bigger–thanks to the volunteers of Team Vegan! This fundraising campaign, in which all donations are matched by a small group of philanthropists, brings together folks from all walks of life to raise funds for VO’s work. From activists to athletes to VO staff and everything in between, dozens of folks roll up their sleeves and make a huge difference for animals.
How does it work? Simply visit the Team Vegan website and click “Register” to get started. You’ll choose a username, a photo, and a fundraising goal, and you’ll write a little about who you are and why you care about spreading compassion for animals. I’m here to help–with writing this text, or deciding the best ways to ask friends and family to donate. Some Team Vegan members choose an activity to go along with their fundraising–running a 5K, leafleting, or doing anything else you want.
For inspiration, check out what some Team Vegan members are doing:
VO’s Director of Outreach, Vic Sjodin, has been in a cast for the last two months. For every $50 donation to his page, he will walk one mile! He’s raising money for animals as he literally gets back on his feet after an injury. Go Vic!
VO Board Member Melissa Li enlisted her beloved Chihuahua, Pablo, to help her raise funds. If he makes his goal, Pablo will participate in a doggy dash or help Melissa leaflet.
Ricky McCallum wants to help Vegan Outreach while helping friends, family, and neighbors with their computer issues! He suggests a $20-per-hour donation to his Team Vegan page. So creative!
Emily and Brian are a father-daughter fundraising team. While they’re not sure yet what activity they want to do, they’re not wasting any time before starting to raise funds. Their Team Vegan page is up and running with a great photo and story to inspire donations!
Get in on the fun now! Register for your own Team Vegan page today.