Fair Trade Finals – Spring 2018

FT Campaigns Intern March 3, 2018

Spring 2018 Program Highlights

We worked with 80 campaigns on college and high school campuses in 26 states across the country who have strong relationships with campus administration and food service and are influential voices in their communities.

Of the 80 total campuses, we had 68 colleges and universities and 12 high schools participating in the Spring 2018 program.

Campus events reached almost 10,000 people–including students, faculty, dining staff, and campus administration –with Fair Trade educational materials, product samples,and other activities.

Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final
Fair Trade event of the spring semester!

Donations from a few generous Fair Trade partners make it possible for us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade study break or other event during Finals Week.

Participate with four easy steps:

  1. Sign up. Fill out the Registration Form to sign up for the program. Deadline: April 6.  
  2. Register your event. Add your event to the events page on our website.
  3. Host your event! Post about your event on social media using the hashtag #FTCampaigns.
  4. Report-back about your event by filling out the form in an email that you’ll receive afterward.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your event kit:

Want more Fair Trade 101 fact-sheets? Visit our resource library and search ‘101’.

Not sure how to Fair Trade Your Finals? Here are a few ideas to help get the ball rolling.

Idea 1: Table with Fair Trade products

Give your classmates that extra boost as they head into or out of the library! Set up a table with Fair Trade Coffee (ecoGrounds), Chocolate (Tony’s Chocolonely), Tea (Mighty Leaf), Coconut Flakes (Simple Truth) and handmade artisan items (Pocket Disc) plus educational materials, fact-sheets on Fair Trade, stickers, pins and story cards about each product (all included in the kit).

You can also create your own materials to highlight what you have accomplished this semester and are looking to achieve in the next. Use this as an opportunity to get the word out about your campaign and recruit new members!

Idea 2: Partner with an existing event

In the lead up to finals week, numerous groups on campus will be hosting events to prepare students and staff. Gauge the landscape and offer to ‘Fair Trade’ another group’s event!

Reach out to clubs, departments and your food service provider to see if you can set up, sample and promote Fair Trade and availability on campus to a new audience. Don’t forget to follow up afterwards and continue building the partnership!

Not sure how to approach working with dining services? Check out this helpful resource: A Guide to Working with Dining Services on Your Campus.

Idea 3: Fuel up with Fair Trade!

A couple years back, Villanova University hosted a ‘Fuel up with Fair Trade’ event. And you can, too!

Approach the event as you approach Fair Trade advocacy; through the lens of partnership. Free food benefits anxious and stressed students, providing a sweet treat and an opportunity to educate. Meanwhile personal conversations helps your team develop the skills and confidence to competently speak about Fair Trade.

Learn more in this one-pager, including how to prepare, advertise, and execute the event.

Idea 4: Hold a raffle to win an artisan item from Pocket Disc 

In your kit, you will receive a handmade Fair Trade artisan item from Pocket Disc. Pocket Disc is a Fair Trade Federation member organization that has committed to empowering over 500 Mayan artisans in Guatemala.

Hold a raffle at your event to draw more attendees, gather emails list sign-ups or social media followers, AND give students a chance to win an amazing Fair Trade prize!

Never organized a raffle before? Check out handy resource for how to run a successful raffle.  

Remember: Sign-up by Friday, April 6 on our Registration Form.
Space is limited, sign up early!

Event kits will be mailed on Monday, April 23.
If you’re hosting your event sooner, please let us know so we can get your event kit to you in time.

Questions? Please contact Kylie Nealis at kylie@fairtradecampaigns.org.

Thank you to our program sponsors!


Mighty Leaf Pocket Disc Simple Truth

Tony’s Chocoloney

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