Monday, May 10, 2010
Have you heard of Equal Exchange? No?! Well then let me introduce you to them then!
From the Get to Know Us Page at Equal Exchange:
The Equal Exchange Fundraising Program started at the grassroots. Teachers, parents and students across the country began approaching Equal Exchange's Organizing Department about their interest in a Fair Trade fundraising program. They were ready for a change from conventional fundraisers selling wrapping paper and other knick-knacks from China. These wise parents and teachers wanted a fundraiser that matched their values – one that promotes social and environmental responsibility – with delicious products. In direct response to these inquiries, the Equal Exchange Fundraising Program was born.
In 2006, we launched our pilot Equal Exchange fundraiser. Pioneering mothers introduced their PTAs to Equal Exchange with their passion and commitment to making the world a better place, all while also supporting their own communities’ needs. The pilot worked and since then, hundreds of parents and schools have helped grow the program across the country.
In 2008, the Program awarded our largest customer the opportunity to be part of our delegation to the Dominican Republic to visit Equal Exchange’s cacao-farming partners, the CONACADO Co-op. The Equal Exchange Fundraising Team also developed a Fair Trade curriculum and pen pal exchange program to help connect US children selling the chocolate with the children of the farmers who grow what they sold.
I love to spread the word about great organizations and products that are doing good for the community. Equal Exchange helps schools with their fundraisers, and they help cooperatives. Equal Exchange products range from coffee to organic chocolate bars to organic bananas.
About Equal Exchange's Fundraisers:
The Equal Exchange Fundraiser allows schools and community groups to make money (40% profit), while benefiting small organic farmers and artisans around the globe. The fundraiser features organic and fairly traded coffees, teas, cocoas, nuts & berries, and handmade gift wrap (tree-free!) from Equal Exchange, and beautiful gifts for the home from Ten Thousand Villages (www.tenthousandvillages.com). The Equal Exchange Fundraiser works both as an event and/or catalog sale and is an easy way to both make money for the school, while reinforcing classroom values of social and environmental responsibility and global citizenship.
Equal Exchange’s unique fundraising program also includes FREE educational materials to empower teachers to delve deeper into the issues surrounding Fair Trade and cooperative economics: www.equalexchange.coop/educationaltools
Equal Exchange wants to give one lucky reader a case of Equal Exchange organic & fairly traded dark chocolate minis ($35 value)! YUM!
To enter, head to Equal Exchange and check out their products.Then, come back here and tell me another product of theirs that you'd love to try, or you could mention a cause you would use their fundraisers for!
For extra entries, view my Giveaway Rules, updated 2/2/10.
This giveaway will end on May 19th, 2010.
Disclaimer: I was sent the product named above to review. The opinions expressed above are solely my own and yours may differ. Receiving a product will NEVER influence what I write in any review.