About Vegan Outreach

Vegan Outreach is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to end violence towards animals. We seek a future when sentient animals are no longer exploited as commodities.

We focus on reaching the people who are motivated enough to make changes now—of which there are always many in our target audience who just need some guidance.

By steadily increasing the number of vegans, we’re laying the groundwork to reach a tipping point in which sweeping public policy changes for animals will become realistic.

Founded in 1993, we’ve been most known for our massive outreach program of leafleting on college campuses. At its peak, we were handing our booklets out to over 1 million students at 1,000 schools per semester.

10 Weeks to Vegan

Based on research showing that veg challenges are a highly effective way to facilitate change, we refocused our college outreach from handing out booklets to signing people up for our 10 Weeks to Vegan guided challenge and in 2019 over 150,000 people signed up.

The pandemic required that we move all our outreach online, consisting of advertising on social media to interest people in vegan eating along with giving webinar presentations to college classes. This move proved to be effective with over 1.1 million people signing up for 10 Weeks to Vegan since the beginning of 2020.

We now have 52 different 10 Weeks to Vegan series tailored to 53 countries and regions. We advertise the program in 50 countries (we don’t run ads in Russia, Belarus, or Ukraine):

Albania • Argentina • Australia and New Zealand • Austria • Belarus • Bolivia • Brazil • Bulgaria • Canada • Chile • Colombia • Croatia • Czech Republic • Dominican Republic • Ecuador • Egypt • Estonia • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • India • Indonesia • Ireland • Italy • Japan • Kenya • Kosovo • Mexico • Myanmar • Nigeria • Peru • Philippines • Poland • Portugal • Puerto Rico • Romania • Russia • Serbia • Singapore • South Africa • South Korea • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • Taiwan • Thailand • Turkey • Ukraine • United Kingdom • United States • Vietnam

Support for Making Changes

Our 10 Weeks to Vegan programs have companion Facebook groups with moderators and a dietitian to answer questions. Over 5,000 people join these groups each month.

We also provide nutrition support from registered dietitians via VeganHealth.org and a vegan mentorship program for individual, one-on-one guidance in over 1,000 cities and dozens of countries.

In addition to our 10 Weeks to Vegan guided challenges, we have a 30-day Get Healthy challenge using whole plant foods.

Vegan Chef Challenges

In 2022, we reignited the Vegan Chef Challenge program. These month-long events showcase new vegan menu items at local non-vegan restaurants. Typically, 10 to 30 restaurants take part and the dining public is encouraged to vote for their favorite dishes.

Vegan Chef Challenges create a positive buzz about veganism in areas that don’t normally have many options with the majority of restaurants retaining their most popular vegan items. They receive positive media coverage, such as for our 2022 Alburquerque challenge that had 30 participating venues: Vegan Chef Challenge invites community to help end animal cruelty.

Green Tuesday Initiative

Vegan Outreach India has a prolific Green Tuesday Initiative campaign that works with institutions to add vegan options and decrease their animal product usage.

Measuring Our Effectiveness

Vegan Outreach aims to be as effective as possible by regularly studying the impact of our outreach. Detailed in our article, Impact of 10 Weeks to Vegan, the program results in a high rate of change. We’re now in the midst of conducting a randomized controlled study of the effectiveness of 10 Weeks to Vegan.

A Big Tent

Vegan Outreach believes in never shaming people but rather embracing them in making changes at a pace that works for them.

Rather than focusing our veganism on personal purity or trace ingredients, we put the emphasis on avoiding obvious animal products while using our time and energy advocating to others—see Talking to Friends and Family.

Vegan Outreach strives to hire a diverse staff and to place women and people of color in leadership positions.