Compassionate Action for Animals

Embrace Your Empathy

aka CAA   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  http://www.exploreveg.org

Mission

We encourage people to cultivate empathy for animals and move towards a plant-based diet.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Laura Matanah

Main address

2100 First Avenue South Suite 200

Minneapolis, MN 55404 USA

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EIN

41-1846192

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many of us have had a personal relationship with a dog or a cat. We’ve cared for them, seen how they enjoy their lives, learned their distinct personalities and seen how they seek comfort just like we do! Animals that are commonly used for food are a lot like our dog and cat friends. Chickens, fish, pigs, cows, and other animals develop relationships and experience emotions, including happiness and suffering. Yet each year in the United States, over 9 billion of these animals are confined, mutilated, tortured and slaughtered. We believe these animals also deserve respect, compassion, and dignity. Together, we can take steps to increase their well-being. At the same time, we can bring increased well-being to human communities and combat climate change by decreasing the impact of animal agriculture.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Increasing Awareness of Animal Suffering

This includes leafleting, video outreach, food giveaways, speakers, movies, and our humane education program, Bridges of Respect.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

We host multiple events each month featuring great vegan food and support for transitioning to, and sticking with, a plant-based diet. This includes Twin Cities Veg Fest, now the largest vegan festival in the Midwest.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

We train volunteers to run our awareness raising, community building, and change making activities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Our Wholesome Minnesota program, which supports cafeterias in schools, workplaces and other institutions to add plant-based options, and our ExploreVeg mentor program, which provides 1:1 support for individuals transitioning towards a plant-based diet, spare thousands of animals from lives of suffering.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overarching goals for 2020 are to:

Spare the lives of an estimated 292,000 animals through outreach, education and support for individuals to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

Engage a growing base of Twin Cities’ metro residents in our work through community-specific programming.

To do this we will:

Hire a community organizer to support and expand work happening in the Twin Cities’ black and Latinx communities, engaging these communities with the benefits of plant-based eating and a community-based approach to animal issues, building on support already received from Animal Charity Evaluators Effective Animal Advocacy Fund and on the basis of successful past partnerships.

Strengthen and enlarge our programs that support individual diet change and bringing plant-based food to cafeterias.

Expand our base of support from individual donors to ensure our continued effectiveness.

In 2019 our programs spared the lives of an estimated 252,000 animals. Over the past three years Compassionate Action for Animals has expanded its board of directors from three to eight, and increased its annual income from $145,000 to over $233,000.

Recent successes:

We have grown Twin Cities Veg Fest to be the largest vegan festival in the Midwest, expanding interest and participation in a vegan lifestyle. Attendance grew from 4,500 in 2016 to 10,000 in 2019. Over 90% of attendees said they planned to seek out exhibitors and presenters they connected with at the event.

We established a new institutional outreach program, Wholesome MN, which has expanded plant-based dining options in five institutions serving food to an estimated 12,000 people over the past two years.

We have expanded our impact throughout the Twin Cities through partnerships, including: a plant-based market for black-owned businesses with Appetite for Change, a monthly vegan recipe club with the The Hennepin County Library and a Vegan Chef Challenge with Vegan Outreach.


What's next:

Hire a community organizer to support and expand work happening in the Twin Cities’ black and Latinx communities, engaging these communities with the benefits of plant-based eating and animal issues.

Strengthen and enlarge our individual diet change and institutional cafeteria change programs by
Restructuring our mentor program into a veg challenge format. Those who take the challenge will get email and social media support and a human mentor if they choose. We will direct folks to the challenge after video outreach, vegan food giveaways, and at all of our 2+ monthly events.

Beginning to utilize free google advertising to target individuals willing to take our veg challenge.

Increasing plant-based food served in institutions
Getting program endorsements from congregations who participated in our Prayer for Compassion film screening at the end of 2019
Following up on new cafeteria contacts made during late 2019
Continuing to build engagement from current participants by offering local vegan cooks and athletes as speakers for school programs

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Compassionate Action for Animals

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julie Knopp

No Affiliation

Chris Homsey

Vic Massaglia

Nathan Gaut

Theresa Zingery

Henry Patterson

Abby Medberry

Gigi Abbadie

Stephanie Paquin

Julie Knopp

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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