About FARM FARM ( Farm Animal Rights Movement ) is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit, public-interest organization promoting vegan, plant-based diets to save animals, protect the environment, and improve health. We operate from the nation's capital and work through our Compassionate Activist Network ( CAN ) with volunteers in all 50 states and two dozen other countries. Since our beginning in 1976 and official formation in 1981, FARM has launched a variety of grassroots campaigns in pursuit of our mission: World Farm Animals Day ( 1983 ), Great American Meatout ( 1985 ), ( 1991 ), Letters from FARM ( 1994 ), Sabina Fund ( 1997 ),, Bite Global Warming and Equal Justice Alliance. Additionally, FARM conducts movement-wide programs, like the Animal Rights National Conference. Every summer between 1981 and 1987, then in 1997, and every year since 2000, FARM has been organizing national conferences that turn concerned individuals into effective animal advocates. Currently, the conferences alternate between the East Coast ( Washington, DC ) on the even years and the West Coast ( California ) on the odd years. FARM grew out of the Vegetarian Information Service, which was formed in 1976 to disseminate information on the benefits of plant-based eating on consumer health, animal protection, and environmental integrity. FARM was officially launched as an animal rights organization in July 1981, along with other groups forming the modern US animal rights movement, at the "Action For Life" Conference in Allentown ( PA ). The conference brought seasoned leaders of the established vegetarian movement together with animal rights advocates searching for a national organizational outlet for their passion. FARM maintains an exceptionally low overhead ( less than 5% ) and uses no professional fundraisers, so contributions go directly to support our programs. FARM has one of the lowest budgets among national animal organizations and staffers volunteer all or part of their time, so each contribution makes a large impact. FARM is a member of Animal Charities of America, Combined Federal Campaign, and United Way, and abides by the strict operating and accounting standards of these institutions. FARM is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 ( c ) the Internal Revenue Code. All contributors receive program announcements, newsletters reporting on FARM's and other programs, and an Annual Report. Our audited financial report is available on request.