Lead for Change Blog

Membership Programs, Small Grants & Fund Raising Events: Financial Stability for your Campaign

March 5, 2012

In February Fair Trade Towns USA put together a conference call for organizers so that they could discover how other campaigns are sustainably raising money. We heard from Nancy Jones in Chicago about Membership Programs, Maya Sharp in Pasadena about Fund Raising events and Courtney Lang of Fair Trade Towns USA about the Small Grants […]

Business Spotlight: Numi Tea

February 28, 2012

By Guest Blogger: Tisha Winters Numi Organic Tea is a premium tea purveyor that blends organic teas and herbs with only 100% real ingredients, allowing nature to speak for itself. In the earlier years of Numi, not many SKUs were Fair Trade Certified. Fast forward and Numi is the largest brand purchaser of Fair Trade […]

Campaign Spotlight: Houston, Texas

February 21, 2012

  Guest Blogger:  Kendra Penry   The Fair Trade Houston campaign launched in July, 2011, led by Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC), a local nonprofit dedicated to combating modern day slavery in all its forms. Recognizing that slave labor touches many of the products people use every day, HRRC wanted to give concerned individuals […]

Meet Caitlyn King, Fair Trade Towns USA Intern!

February 16, 2012

Caitlyn is the newest addition to the Fair Trade Towns USA national team and she’s been working on outreach to Fair Trade Town campaigns across the US for the past few weeks collecting information so that we can catalyze campaign growth.  We’re thankful to have her and hope you enjoy getting to know her like […]

Organizer Spotlight: Ryan Midden, Fair Trade Boston

February 14, 2012

  Ryan offers pointers for reaching out to your local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop My name is Ryan Midden and I am the General Manager for Ben & Jerry’s Boston.   I am also a proud member of the Fair Trade Boston & Fair Trade Cambridge campaigns.  Our coalition declared Boston a Fair Trade Town […]

Fair Trade Consumer Study 2012

February 13, 2012

Guest Blogger:  Tamara Stenn, Professor at Keene State College According to the United Nations, the US is the world’s largest consumer by far, spending over $10 billion and making up almost 30% of the world’s consumer market in 2009.  (Second to the US is Japan weighing in at just 8.5% of world consumption).  For Fair […]

February‘s National Conference Call: Fund Raising & Your Campaign

February 10, 2012

Local organizers will shed some knowledge about Event Fund Raising, Membership Programs & Small Grants Join the call! Date:  Wednesday, February 15th, 2011 Time:  5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. EST 605-475-6333 Call-in Number:  605-475-6333  Participant Code: 884663# Have you been spending weekend hours volunteering at local events; dropping personal income on promotional materials; organizing events that […]

Valentine’s Day Guides: Fair Trade Pointers from Cupid’s Arrow

February 3, 2012

The ‘Pink and white’ holiday sparsely sprinkles the shelves until…BAM, New Years is over and Valentine’s Day hits everyone upside the head. Reminder folks: show some affection or prepare to spend the evening situated with reality, no chocolate or flowers unless you buy it for yourself. Despite loving that special person (or yourself) so much, […]

Campaign Spotlight: Princeton, New Jersey

January 31, 2012

Camila Tellez, 14, of Princeton Township started the campaign. She was captivated by the notion that Fair Trade is not a donation. It’s trade, not aid.

Bananas & Fair Trade Procurement

January 26, 2012

It’s been just over two months since the delegation of 9 Fair Trade Town USA representatives returned from the lovely city of Malmo, Sweden where we attended the 5th International Fair Trade Towns Conference, and plans have transpired.

The Fair Trade Certified Logo Gets a Makeover

January 18, 2012

Fair Trade USA Unveils Redesigned Certification Label By:  Fair Trade USA Fair Trade USA has launched the new label for Fair Trade Certified products. See their post below announcing it, and its variations! . Well hello !I’m the newly-redesigned Fair Trade Certified label. Check me out with my more modern rounded edges and shades of […]

A Fair Trade Education

December 18, 2011

Penncrest High School in Media, Pennsylvania declared first Public Fair Trade High School in the country

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guides: Give to Real People in Need Around the World

December 9, 2011

  2011 is quickly coming to a close and the holidays will be here soon.  It is a time to be mindful of underprivileged people all over the world and to take action to help these people where possible.  One way of doing this is to support Fair Trade. If you choose to do holiday […]

Change Comes from the People: 1070 Fair Trade Towns and Counting

November 26, 2011

For eleven years and running, Fair Trade Towns have been the driving force behind consumer citizenship; starting with Garstang, U.K. in 2000, Media, PA in 2006, and leading us into 2012 with over 1,070 towns in 23 countries across 6 continents.

Fair Trade Universities Back from Tour

November 16, 2011

By: Kate Polakiewicz, Strategic Relations Assistant at Fair Trade USA I’m back from the Campus Consciousness Tour and some things are missing in my life – scoops of Ben and Jerry’s Jimmy Fallon Late Night Snack (Fair Trade Certified vanilla ice cream with fudge covered potato chips), waking up every day at different but confusingly […]

Customizable Materials Now Available for Fair Trade Towns!

November 9, 2011

Have you wanted window clings and brochures for your campaign, but found trouble when designing them? Elevate your campaign by tailoring the new Fair Trade Towns brochure, window cling, poster (available soon), table tent and stock-it card to highlight your community.

A Women Who Changed the Rules: A Recap of Maria Isabel’s Road Trip

October 28, 2011

“When I finish life I am going to be remembered by the things that I do, not by the things that I have.” – Maria Isabel Balbuena

Fair Trade on the Road with Maria Isabel Balbuena, Dominican Republic

October 14, 2011

Follow the travels of Maria as she hits the road with Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Fair Trade Towns National Coordinator, to see how conscious consumers like you are spreading the word about Fair Trade in the US. Did you know that Women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10% […]

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