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Category: How-Tos

Silver Rail PTA Finds Success Fundraising

26 January

At Equal Exchange, we’re proud to help schools, nonprofits and organizations of all sizes raise money with an easy catalog program. Participating groups often reach – and exceed – their fundraising goals while also supporting authentic fair trade! “Silver Rail Elementary School is working to be a collaborative culture…

Fundraising with a Spring Theme

16 January

Fundraising with Equal Exchange is effective any time of year, but add in a special theme during the first half of the year can help you get to your goal faster. Here’s how… Planning a campaign with a holiday or a seasonal theme gives you the power of suggestion…

Sharing + Saving = Buying Club

15 January

Buying clubs offer you the opportunity to make a real difference for small farmers around the world while paying less for your favorite organic and Fair Trade foods.  Order together and get staples like coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil and more at low wholesale case prices. We’ll ship…

Hot Chocolate Bar With Toppings!

09 January

Winter days and bad weather mean … hot chocolate season! Share a steaming cup of cocoa with friends, dressed up with custom toppings. Line up your favorite fixings and gather a group for a DIY hot chocolate bar. This is a fun, hands-on activity —  and an effective way…

Prepare to Distribute Your Fundraising Order

19 November

Distribution day is the day your participants and supporters have been waiting for! They’ve been anxious to see – and finally taste – the delicious, organic and fairly traded goodies that they purchased during your catalog fundraising campaign. You’ve wrapped up your fundraiser and emailed your master…

Guest Post: Fair Trade Sunday with Carolyn Boone

12 November

Carolyn Boone’s church brews fairly traded coffee at gatherings and sells a variety of Equal Exchange products once a month after services. Every year, they rank among Equal Exchange’s top customers! What’s their secret? We thought we’d give Carolyn the change to…

Get Social! Boost Fundraising With Social Media

07 November

Promoting your fundraising campaign is important. If supporters don’t know about it, they can’t participate. Use email and handouts to amplify your campaign, or take advantage of your organization’s website, newsletters, blog, and — best of all — social media accounts. We’re here to help!  For…

Inspiration for your Holiday Sale Display

19 October

We collected some of our favorite creative, yet simple display ideas for Holiday Sales! Check them out on our Pinterest Board>> and view inspirational examples below. Use Inexpensive & Attractive Display Materials  A sparkling, lighted display draws in shoppers, using wooden crates to add height and extra shelving…

USAID Grants and the Democracy of Information

08 October

We recently interviewed Cristina Liberati, who administers grants that support farmer cooperatives in Latin America as they improve their quality, productivity, and financial stability. Because of this project, small-scale cacao producers in rural areas can taste samples of the product they grow and assess its quality. This democratization of…

How to Talk about Fair Trade

01 October

October is Fair Trade Month and there’s no better time to let people know why they should support Equal Exchange, a pioneer in the Fair Trade food and beverage industry in the United States. But, what do you say if people ask tough questions?  We’ve put together some…

Equal Exchange belongs at the Farmers Market

17 September

This guest post was written by Rev. Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist (pictured above, left, with Anneliese Bruegel, manager of the Fredonia Farmers’ Market.) The Idea: Food Justice It happened at a planning session for our church mission program. We had recently established a food justice program and wanted to expand…

Pop-Up Fair Trade Stores on Campus

07 September

College campuses are full of change-makers and activists like you, making them the perfect locations for hosting successful Fair Trade sales. A pop-up store on campus can be a fundraising opportunity for departments and clubs, or just a great way to raise awareness about socially responsible consumerism. Get…