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February Fair Trade Achievements: Campaigns with Heart

March 12, 2015

Our campaigners’ hearts were in the right place this February!  Let’s show a little love for those who took their campaigns to the next level… Campaign Badges and Declarations 18 Badges Earned! 1.  Cleveland Heights, OH – Engage Your Town 2.  Marquette University, WI – Commit to Fair Trade Education 3.  Saint Mary’s University, MN –  Pass a Fair Trade […]

December/January Fair Trade Achievements: Campaigns Keep Their Cool This Winter

February 9, 2015

Even the winter holidays couldn’t slow down our campaigners!  Let’s take a moment to honor their hard work… Campaign Badges and Declarations 1 Declaration! 1. John Carroll University, OH – Fair Trade University 11 Badges Earned! 1. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, CA – Commit to Purchase Fair Trade Products When They Are Available and Incorporate Fair Trade Education into […]

3 Ways to Support Mexican Farmworkers

December 19, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles Times revealed a wrenching four-part documentary series called “Product of Mexico,” in which two reporters traveled throughout Mexico to interview farmworkers at produce farms many American retailers source from. They found living conditions were oftentimes bleak, and food, ironically, scarce. These intimate stories capture the day-to-day trials of our farmworkers; the […]

A November in Fair Trade Campaigns

December 11, 2014

 November has been a busy month! Let’s see what’s been happening on the campaign trail… Campaign Badges and Declarations 4 Declarations! 1. San Ramon, CA – Fair Trade Town 2. Chelsea, MI – Fair Trade Town 3. Hartwick College, NY – Fair Trade University 4.  Seattle University, WA – Fair Trade University 11 Badges Earned! 1. […]

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

December 4, 2014

Tis’ the season for Fair Trade! Use our holiday Gift Guide when you start shopping for gifts and discover some great brands that are already supporting Fair Trade products.   Click on the image of the Fair Trade Campaigns Holiday Gift Guide  so that you can follow links to all the products you see below!     Check out […]

Giving Tuesday – Let’s Grow the Fair Trade Movement Together!

December 2, 2014

  Dear Friends: It is the final week of the 2014 Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge and the Skoll Foundation is committed to doubling every dollar we raise this week!  The team at Fair Trade Campaigns (Billy, Courtney and Parker), are asking for your support during this final push. We Need Your Help Now! Our goal […]

UNIVERSITY TIP #1: Build Your Team

November 20, 2014

Work Your Way Through Goal #1: Build Your Team   Goal #1 focuses on building a Fair trade Network on campus. To reach this goal you will need to: Create a team of at least 4 students and 1 non-student (faculty, staff, dining services) leaders on campus The Obstacles The Solutions Generating Interest Find allies across […]

‘Fuel Up’ by Fair Trading Your Finals

November 11, 2014

Share Your Plans and get Rewarded Here’s your chance to get hooked up with some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade Event of the year! A number of generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Study Break. Provide a short explanation of your plans in the comment section below and receive the following event package […]

October Campaign Achievements: Our Campaigns are Going Strong

November 7, 2014

 Let’s hear it for October! We’d like to take a moment to reflect on the success of our campaigns throughout the month. Campaign Badges 11 Badges Earned! 1. Houston, TX – Engage Your Town 2. Lawrence, KS – Engage Your Town 3. Chelsea, MI – Get Some Love from the Media & Reach out to Retailers 4. […]

Join us in the Skoll Challenge!

October 24, 2014

We have been invited to participate in the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge! Each year the Skoll Foundation invites a select number of organizations to fund-raise over the course of one month and in turn commits to matching (up to a set amount) donations made over that time. This year we are pleased to announce that […]

Get Inspired By Those Who Took A Step For Fair Trade In September!

October 3, 2014

We’d like to take the opportunity to recognize all of our campaigns that have worked so hard to make this past month a huge success! Campaign Badges & Declarations 8 Declarations Earned! 1. Alexandria, VA – 35th Fair Trade Town 2. Our Lady of Assumption (CA) 3. 2nd Congregational/1st Presbyterian Church (IL) 4. St. John’s Episcopal Church (MN) 5. […]

UNIVERSITY TIP #4: Committing to Fair Trade Education

October 1, 2014

Reaching Goal #4: Commit to Fair Trade Education   Goal #4 is all about Fair Trade education on your campus. To reach this goal you will need to complete the following: Sponsor Fair Trade educational events and activities on campus and work with faculty to bring Fair Trade into the classroom.   The Obstacles The Solutions Knowing […]

Q & A with Mid Atlantic Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows!

September 23, 2014

Hello fellow world changers! We (the Emilys) are excited to join the team this year as the first ever Fair Trade Communities (Town, School, Congregation) and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Fellows! The positions were created to support Fair Trade Campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region, as there are now nearly 40 campaigns in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, […]

Celebrate Fair Trade Month 2014

September 22, 2014

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August Campaign Achievements: Making Progress

September 7, 2014

We would like to take a moment to recognize all of our campaigns hard at work making this summer a huge success! Badges and Declarations: Altadena, CA – Reach out to Retailers Lawrence, KS – Reach out to Retailers; Get Some Love from the Media Metuchin, NJ – Engage Your Local Government Penn State University, PA – […]

Back to School Photo Contest

August 30, 2014

Kick the year off with the Back to School Photo Contest – participating campaigns will receive FREE CHOCOLATE! Last year we had over 3,000 students, faculty and staff participate – this year let’s aim for 5,000! This Year’s Theme: Cocoa While the cocoa industry generates $16 billion dollars each year, cocoa farmers annually earn $30 – 110 dollars. In addition, […]

Two Ways to Put Pressure on the Cocoa Industry with Catholic Relief Services & Global Exchange

August 19, 2014

There are a lot of great organizations that are supporting the Fair Trade movement and putting pressure on the cocoa industry. Here is information on two of our partners for the Back to School cocoa program; Catholic Relief Services and Global Exchange. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Background Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian […]

Academic Year in Review: 1 Year. 11 Declarations

July 1, 2014

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the achievements, challenges and milestones of this past year. The Movement is Growing. At the end of August 2013 Fair Trade Colleges & Universities started off its 6th year with: 14 Declared Colleges and Universities  69 Active Campaigns As of June 2014 there are now: 25 Declared Colleges and Universities (79% increase!) 90 Active Campaigns (30.4% increase) This Spring semester saw […]

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