Boston Vegetarian Society
|Tax ID No.||04-3082813|
|Area served||Eastern Massachusetts|
|Revenue||As of September 2012[update] $52,434|
|Endowment||As of September 2012[update] $127,324|
|References: Affiliate member of
North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS),
Vegetarian Union of North America (VUNA), and
International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
The Boston Vegetarian Society (BVS) began in 1986. In 1998, it was incorporated in Massachusetts as an educational non-profit. In July 1998, it was granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the IRS.
The BVS provides info on events and related organizations, hosts the annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival (BVFF), holds cooking classes, and promotes vegetarianism thru mass transit advertising, monthly free educational seminars, and outreach at fairs & festivals. BVS "seeks to make a better world for people, animals, and the earth through advancing a healthful vegetarian diet and a compassionate ethic." BVS provides education, encouragement, and community support for vegetarians and for anyone wishing to learn more about a healthy, environmentally friendly, and humane way of life. According to a member' reports and earlier versions of the BVS website:
- BVS is an all-volunteer organization with membership open to anyone who supports its purposes.
- BVS events are open to members and non-members.
- When it was first incorporated, its voting membership was open to vegetarians and non-voting membership was open to non-vegetarians. However, around 2009, the BVS Board voted to confine voting membership to Board members so that it could maintain its IVU membership without presenting a two-tiered membership to supporters. IVU member societies are required to vest all executive (decision making) authority exclusively in vegetarians, defined as lacto-ovo (or stricter) vegetarians. Verification is difficult in organizations with two-tiered membership based upon self-reported behaviour.
- All Food at BVS is vegan and alcohol-free, according to the earliest documents (bylaws and articles of incorporation) of the Boston Vegetarian Society.
Boston Vegetarian Society and its programs are run by an all-volunteer Board. Members do not have voting rights.
Boston Vegetarian Food Festival (BVFF)
It was first held on May 5, 1996 at the Howard W. Johnson Athletics Center at MIT because MIT graduate students affiliated with the MIT Vegetarian Support Group (VSG) (as of[update] renamed MIT Vegetarian Group) provided a substantial proportion of the initial organizing effort. The second BVFF, in 1967, was held at Bunker Hill Community College. Since 1998, it has been held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in the Roxbury Crossing section of Boston.
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