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Lead for Change Blog

Be an Agent for Change this World Fair Trade Day!

March 28, 2016

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 14 and Be an Agent for Change! World Fair Trade Day was started in 2001 by the World Fair Trade Organization. It’s a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change, and the economic crises that […]

National Farmworker Awareness Week

March 15, 2016

With March comes National Farmworker Awareness Week – a time to think about and celebrate the farmworkers who make each of our meals possible. Farmworkers are important and vital members of the food system who work hard to provide the food we get to eat every day! Farmworkers historically have faced many challenges and hardships […]

Meet Our Newest Team Member!

February 24, 2016

Introducing Suzi, our new National Organizer for Fair Trade Communities! Hello! Let me take a moment to introduce myself – my name is Suzi Hiza and I’ve just joined the small but mighty Fair Trade Campaigns staff as the new National Organizer for Fair Trade Communities. I’m thrilled to be here and look forward to […]

Sustainable Leadership 101

February 18, 2016

Work Your Way Through Goal #1: Build Your Team Goal #1 focuses on providing leadership and support for your campaign. To reach this goal you will need: a minimum of 4 students and 1 non-student (faculty, staff, food service, etc) As the academic year is slowly coming to an end, it is going to be extremely important to […]

Three Ways to Fair Trade Your Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, Share the Fair Trade Love & Support Farmers and Artisans Around the World! We’ve put together a few great ideas on how you can Fair Trade your Valentine’s Day by buying Fair Trade products, learning about Fair Trade, spreading the word and taking action!   1.  Buy Fair Trade Show that special […]

Fondest of Fair-wells

February 8, 2016

To know Courtney Lang is to know enthusiasm for Fair Trade From her days as one of the core champions for Fair Trade in Burlington, VT, to a participant in our first-ever Fair Trade Towns origin trip to Costa Rica, to her almost five years on our national team, Courtney has brought an unyielding commitment […]

For the Love of Fair Trade: Spotlight on St. Martin of Tours Academy

January 29, 2016

St. Martin of Tours recently became the 21st Fair Trade School in the U.S. We sat down with campaign organizer Anne Pacheco to hear her story and learn more about their campaign… I love Fair Trade! I love every bite of a Fair Trade piece of chocolate, every scoop of Fair Trade ice cream and totally […]

My Experience with the Nonprofit Leaders of Tomorrow

January 13, 2016

By Rosalie Plofchan This month, I attended the Alliance Management Institute in Houston, Texas along with Fair Trade Campaigns Staff. Since 1948, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) has worked to strengthen the social sector and prepare students for careers at nonprofit organizations. Alliance Management Institute (AMI) is an annual conference hosted by NLA, a partner of Fair Trade Campaigns. This year’s […]

Fair Trade Campaigns’ Top 10 Achievements of 2015

December 23, 2015

2015 was an exciting year for Fair Trade Campaigns! Lets take a look back at the Top 10 Achievements of the Year!   #1) Seven New Fair Trade Towns declared, including Philadelphia, PA! Philadelphia became the 43rd Fair Trade Town in the United States and is now the second largest Fair Trade Town in the U.S […]

Fair Trade and Human Rights: A Celebration of Human Rights Day

December 10, 2015

What is Human Rights Day all about? Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10th each year to commemorate the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. This document was the first enunciation of the inherent and inalienable rights due to each person simply because she or he is a human being. This […]

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guides Are Here!

December 8, 2015

‘Tis the season to show you care, with wonderful Fair Trade Gifts! We have compiled a list of resources to help you Fair Trade your Holidays! Fair Trade organizations have been hard at work the last few weeks getting ready for the holiday season. To help you find the perfect gift, check out this list of […]

Encounter Advent with CRS Fair Trade

December 5, 2015

Encounter Advent with CRS Fair Trade Join CRS Fair Trade this Advent as your community prepares for the coming of Christ. We invite you to reflect on the journey that brought Mary and Joseph to the stable and call to mind all those communities around the world that continue to encounter poverty in their daily […]

Meet the 2015-16 Fellows!

November 25, 2015

Fair Trade Campaigns has grown a lot over the past few years. Today, we’re a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and communities across the U.S. There’s currently over 260 active Fair Trade campaigns in towns, schools, colleges/universities and congregations across the country (wow!). If you follow us, you […]

‘Fuel Up’ by Fair Trading Your Finals

November 19, 2015

Share Your Plans and get Rewarded! Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade Event of the year! A few generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Study Break!   You can participate with three easy steps: 1) Provide a short explanation of your plans & […]

Get to Know Global Exchange

October 7, 2015

Global Exchange is thrilled to celebrate Fair Trade month by sponsoring the 2015 Fair Trade Photofest and offering two winners of the Best Overall Photo the opportunity to join one of our Fair Trade Reality Tours in Mexico. Global Exchange’s mission to promote social, economic, and environmental justice has led to more than two decades of […]

Celebrate Fair Trade Month!

September 17, 2015

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RECAP: International Fair Trade Towns Conference

September 15, 2015

This past July, 5 delegates from the US went to Bristol, UK to attend the 9th Annual International Fair Trade Towns Conference. They were part of 240 delegates representing 20 countries around the world. This year the goal was connecting Sustainability and Fair Trade. Here are some of their key takeaways. What did you learn […]

Organizer Spotlight – Altadena, CA

August 27, 2015

Teresa Baxter & Lori Webster Altadena, CA Building a community means recognizing our shared place in this world. It is through collaboration that true change happens, as evidenced by Teresa Baxter and Lori Webster, co-chairs of Altadena, California’s Fair Trade Town Campaign. Together, Teresa and Lori have worked to incorporate Fair Trade products and principles […]

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