When your doorbell rings and you see a little boy standing patiently with a pamphlet in his hand, do you cringe? Do you dread the first week of school, knowing each of your children are going to come home with catalogs filled with overpriced gift wrap and trinkets to raise money for their schools? Are you tired of buying popcorn and cookies, that provide only nickels towards the organization?
If all of those questions were answered with a resounding yes, there is another fundraising option to bring up to your PTA or Organization leaders.
You’ll realize the benefits of this program as soon as you look at the merchandise available. The fundraiser features organic and fairly traded coffees, teas, cocoas, nuts & berries, handmade gift wrap (tree free!) from Equal Exchange, and beautiful gifts for the home from Ten Thousand Villages.
The fundraiser allows schools and community groups to make about 40% profit all while benefiting small organic farmers and artisans around the globe. The Equal Exchange’s unique fundraising program also includes FREE educational materials for teachers to dig deeper into the issues surrounding Fair Trade and cooperative economics.
There are a whole bunch of potential groups besides schools that could use Equal Exchange’s Fundraising Program. Music groups, sports teams, homeschool coop associations. There is even an Interfaith Program for congregations or religious organizations (except schools, faith based schools are eligible for the school/community program).
I can personally say that these kinds of programs really make a difference in the lives of the farmers and artisans. When I graduated from high school, before going to university, I took a year off and went with MCC to experience the culture of India. I spent a third of a year there, and during that time I was fortunate enough to visit a couple of communities that produced goods for the Ten Thousand Villages stores. The fair compensation they receive for their work, allows them to do things like; have better housing, send their children to school, as well as being able to keep the artisan tradition alive within their families and communities. Of course many more benefits result as well.
You can request a free Equal Exchange Fundraising packet, which includes information about Equal Exchange’s fundraiser, including pricing and profit margin, a sample catalog, and steps for getting started. Bring it to your next parent group or organizational meeting, and explain why this option is a win-win situation for all involved.
Equal Exchange Organic & Fair Trade Fundraiser is offering one of my readers a case of Equal Exchange Organic & Fair Trade dark chocolate minis ($35 value).
To enter the giveaway leave your name and email address in the form below. You can do this daily. I also hope you’ll take 5 minutes out of your day and view this video to learn how you can use Equal Exchange Fundraising to make money for your organization and make a difference in the world.
Open to US Residents located in the continental states, ages 18+, ends June 14, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read my **Privacy/Rules statements and agree to them.
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