About American Vegan Society
Since 1960 the American Vegan Society (AVS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to promote veganism to a growing public audience. Our initiatives have helped make “vegan” a household word today. We are working toward a compassionate world.
Each year, AVS hosts special-occasion events that increase public awareness and understanding of the value of vegan living and the appeal of vegan food. From our annual American Vegan Garden Party to holiday dinners, with biannual celebrations such as the Philly Vegan Awards and the Harvest Gala, AVS helps people appreciate good vegan food. Additionally, calendar-based promotions such as Vegan Cuisine Month (February) and Dynamic Harmlessness Day (November 2) serve to educate people about vegan dishes and vegan ideals, respectively.
Our work goes beyond events: American Vegan magazine regularly keeps AVS members up to date on vegan trends, personalities, and issues. While specific areas of vegan interest are addressed in books by AVS officers including such titles as The Vegan Kitchen, Dating Vegans, The 4-Ingredient Vegan, Powerful Vegan Messages, and Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook. AVS also offers many books for sale by prominent vegan authors.
AVS maintains a free, resource-packed website to provide valuable information and tools to everyone from new vegans, or the vegan-curious, to lifelong vegans wanting to find vegan news, info on menu options and vegfests, or tasty, easy-to-use recipes. AVS also manages a speakers bureau featuring some of the most prominent and thoughtful vegan authors, activists, and experts in the country.
AVS serves as a leading source of accurate vegan information for those inquiring about the lifestyle, whether in person or via media channels. We provide positive, helpful encouragement to anyone transitioning to vegan. Our goal is to increase public knowledge and understanding of veganism in the US. We continue the vision of AVS founder H. Jay Dinshah.