Friends of Mercy

One to Change the World (OCW) Society is an exclusive group of young, influential leaders in Los Angeles and San Francisco who are working to end factory farming in their lifetimes.

The OCW Society brings young and young-at-heart changemakers together to support Mercy For Animals’ mission to prevent cruelty to farmed animals and promote compassionate food choices and policies.

The group is composed of entrepreneurs, CEOs, business owners, startup founders, writers, artists, and other up-and-coming social influencers eager to use their networks and skills to change the world.

Members connect with like-minded peers and thought leaders in the movement through a variety of events and interactions. And they have an opportunity to build a cohesive, community-oriented group of local residents who share deeply held values.

Founding Member Benefits

$5,000+ annually

  • Intimate access to OCW Society events with high-level Mercy For Animals staff
  • Premier seating at the Mercy For Animals gala and exclusive first access to tickets
  • One complimentary plus-one ticket to all OCW Society events

Annual Member Benefits

$500+ annually

Member Qualifications

Annual members must raise or make a minimum charitable donation of $500 each year, and founding members must raise or donate at least $5,000 each year. OCW Society members should also attend at least two events annually.

Given the important role these leaders will play, the OCW Society is by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for membership, please complete the form below and email it to [email protected].

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Upcoming Events

Join Mercy For Animals president Leah Garcés and board member Lisa Feria at the upcoming Vegan Women Summit produced by One to Change the World Society vice chair Jennifer Stojkovic. Leah will speak and sign free copies of her new book, Grilled.

  • Philanthropedia acknowledges MFA as one of the 5 most high-impact animal protection organizations in the U.S
    Mercy For Animals is named one of the "15 Top High-Impact Nonprofits" in the category of "animal welfare, rights, and protection" by Philanthropedia.

    “Mercy For Animals has an immensely talented and dedicated crew of employees and attracts legions of volunteers. They are also fiscally responsible and make a great impact choosing campaigns that are not only effective, but cost-efficient.”

  • Independent Charities of America
    Mercy For Animals has been consistently named Best in America by the Independent Charities of America, a seal awarded to less than 1 percent of charities nationwide each year.

    “The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to [charities] … that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.”

  • Mercy For Animals is recognized as a Gold Level Participant of the GuideStar Exchange for its deep commitment to transparency and accountability
    Mercy For Animals is recognized as a Gold Level Participant of the GuideStar Exchange for its deep commitment to transparency and accountability.

    The Gold Level is GuideStar’s highest level and has been attained by less than 1 percent of U.S. nonprofits.


If you would like guidance in joining OCW Society, we are here to help.

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