Our 2021 year in reviewWe're so happy to release our 2021 Year in Review! Scroll down to read all of our accomplishments thanks to your generous support, our partners, and most of all our amazing volunteers.
We explored and grew so much this year
We launched 8 new projects for the movement
Four of which were in-house projects. We were also lucky enough to work on projects with Sehati Animal Sanctuary, Animal Alliance Asia, Vegan Japan Consulting, and many more.
We expanded our advisory team of vegan experts
We're so thankful to have more advisors to lean on such as Katie from Animal Equality, Chris from APEX Advocacy, Tessa from the Pollination Project, and Casey from Faunalytics. To browse more of our advisors, click here.
We expanded with 5 new teams in just 6 months
More teams, more impact! We're so happy to announce the growth of our community with five new amazing teams. Please welcome Team Avocado, Team Mango, Team Watermelon, and Team Sweet Potato.
Feedback and testing
To be more effective and meet the needs of our movement, we not only expanded our advisory team, but we expanded how we receive feedback. We used a combination of internal polls, newsletters, advisors, and testers to determine next steps for both our projects in development and our own growth.
Together we were able to launch several surveys for before, during, and after projects in order to collect better data on requested features and issues. We are extremely pleased to say that we made meaningful changes based on over 80% of the individual feedback received from testers.
Encouraging community growth
Our new animated videos
Minor changes with a big impact
Designs for Vegan Orgs
Featured blog posts
We surveyed over 1,100 animal rights activists to understand what tools would best support their advocacy. The number one request was a method of monitoring our effectiveness in order to make informed decisions about our strategy and future efforts. So, we created Activist Hub!
Activist Hub is an online tool that allows activists to see how many people they have inspired to watch documentaries, to take a vegan challenge, and have gone vegan!
Activist Hub also acts as the world’s first animal rights social network! Add friends, join groups, share or create posts, strategize and talk with other activists. Our hub is 100% free to use for any individual or organization advocating on behalf of animals.
This year, we decided to professionally rebrand both the organization and our website from the ground up. We wanted our branding to still deeply represent our tech background, but also be far more inviting and fun to better represent our work and our community.
We saw an immediate increase in applications on both our website and social platforms from interested volunteers for those who found us on either platform.
Our branding was done by our newest Team Lead, Kate Rodman, who's been at the heart of transforming the way we work and look at design here at VH.
Building meaningful partnerships
We were very happy to announce a partnership in where we're able to offer up to $1000 USD in seed funding grants for outstanding, and effective, animal rights activism! Specifically we're looking for individual or grassroots groups whose primary purpose is to help reduce suffering for non-human farmed animals.
In our first month alone, we averaged one grant request per day received by various activists and organizations. Grant requests were for a wide variety of forms of activism, including: Singing, Virtual Reality, Drawing, Photography, Videography, Baking, Fundraising, Welfare Awareness, Child Education, Youth Skills, Capacity Building, Farming, Campaigning, Printing, Litigation, Animal Rescue, Wild Animal Advocacy and more!
We're excited to see where this partnership leads us in the future as we work together with The Pollination Project to get these activists funded as much as possible.
Anonymous for the Voiceless (AV) is a not-for-profit animal rights organisation specializing in using conversation and standard practice footage to edify the public about animal exploitation. They hold street activism events worldwide to edify the public towards supporting animal rights, living vegan and speaking up for the animals.
Traditionally, it's been very hard to track the effectiveness of street outreach. We're excited to have partnered up with AV in order to be able to provide them the tools they need to monitor and track the effectiveness of each group with Activist Hub.
Vegan Outreach — We partnered with Vegan Outreach's Vegan Mentorship Program in order to provide completely free mentorship access to all Vegan Bootcamp and 3Movies.org participants.
Legal Impact for Chickens — We partnered with Legal Impact for Chickens for our upcoming project, Start Pressuring! We'll be able to provide successful pressure campaigns launched on our platform with free legal support!
Our new advisory service
We launched our newest service to connect people with our team of experts who have a wide range of experience and skills. We welcome vegan activists and organizations to count us as a resource for their tech, org structure, strategy, marketing, grant requests, and more.
We've been very happy with this launch and we've received over 100+ requests for advice! We have been able to assist organizations such as Sinergia Animal, The Humane League, Vegan Tokyo, Mercy for Animals, PETA, Animal Rights Advocates, among many others.
By the numbers
VH: Playground launched
We launched an open-source community available to the public called VH: Playground! Playground allows developers who don't have the time or specific skills to join the core Vegan Hacktivists team to still contribute to the movement, whether that be on our open source projects or their own!
In short, we wanted to build and foster a community of vegan developers in order to support folks outside of our network—so far we've attracted over 400 members, and counting!
What a year! We wanted to focus on data-based efforts while staying true to our spirit of experimental projects, and we were able to achieve those goals through Activist Hub and Vegan Linguists. This has truly been the best year for creating connections and partnerships in the animal protection movement, and we are extremely pleased with the work we've accomplished.
This year, we have also prioritized organizing and optimizing internal processes. This was crucial for us since a core focus of 2022 is to expand our volunteer network to meet the demand of our services. We want to continue being able to serve the multifaceted needs of the vegan movement and empower people to become activists.
We're really excited to hear your thoughts in our 2021 year in review, and if you like what we do, please consider supporting us by clicking the button below. Your donation ensures that all of our work and projects remain free and accessible to everyone, and we can't begin to thank you enough for the support!