Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Vivavegie Society, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.vivavegie.org

Mission Statement

The driving mission of the VivaVegie Society is the promotion of the vegetarian lifestyle. It achieves this by dispelling myths that are commonly held in society and by engendering respect for those who hold the tenants of the lifestyle dear. The VivaVegie Society is the sponsor of the Veggie Pride Parade, held in New York City in May.

ruling year

2014

Principal Officer

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Ms. Pamela Rice

Keywords

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vegetarian, vegan, animal rights, health, environment, ethical, plant-based, healthful, diet

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EIN

13-3978114

 Number

5224471866

Physical Address

One Union Square West Rm. 512

New York, NY 10003

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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VivaVegie is an extremely unique organization that has for the most part gained its success entirely from a single publication: "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian," by Pamela Rice. The group has dubbed this 16-page pamphlet "the mighty convincer." Over 180,000 hard copies of the document are in circulation, supported entirely by sponsors and other enthusiasts. The nonprofit group of today grew out of a "basement operation" that distributed the pamphlet on the streets of New York City. (Six editions, ten printings, of "101 Reasons..." have been since been produced over the past 14 years.) Out of the pamphlet's success, the group was able gain nonprofit status, which led to the opening of the Vegetarian Center of New York City (212-242-0011), the only facility of its kind open to the public in the nation. And in the tradition of excellent journalistic prose, it has published other quality printed materials, including a quarterly magazine called The VivaVine: The Vegetarian-Issues Magazine. All printed materials are available to Center visitors or to those who go to the VivaVegie Web site. The Vegetarian Center of NYC, though now closed, was unique place, a concept way ahead of its time. On a daily basis, it received numerous phone calls and walk-in visits from inquisitive people interested in the vegetarian lifestyle. People were always grateful for what the center had to offer them, usually free of charge. Serious researchers are still allowed access to the society's vast archive of information. With the Vegetarian Center, vegetarians once had "a place to call home" - not just once a year, which might be the case at an annual conference, but all year long! When we had our Vegetarian Center, it * hosted lectures, video screenings, workshops, and discussion groups; * offered a referral service for restaurants, stores, vegan products, and vegetarian organizations; * functioned as a meeting place for groups and research room for students and journalists; * served as a drop-in space for passers-by to pick up a restaurant guide or other vegetarian information; * offered pro-vegetarian T-shirts and lapel buttons; * was a place for visitors to speak one-on-one with a real, live vegetarian!

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Vivavegie Society, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Pamela Rice

BIO

Pamela Rice is the author of VivaVegie Society's hallmark publication "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian." She is the founder and director of the Vegetarian Center of New York City, the only place of its kind open to the public. She is the founder and publisher of the quality periodical *The VivaVine: The Vegetarian-Issues Magazine.* As an expert in vegetarian issues, she lectures to groups on the environmental impact of a meat-centered diet, the global impact of fishing, and U.S. subsidies to the meat industry. She engages the public with vegetarian street outreach, and has organized events of interest to vegetarians for groups of over a hundred people. She is a grapic artist adept in Quark XPress, a page-makeup program, and Photoshop, and image-editing program. She designed and maintains the society's database (Filemaker Pro). She is the recent author of the seminal work 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian, Lantern Books.

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