Charities & Fair Trade
Charity Gifts that help the World
Behrhorst Partners for Development www.behrhorst.org
This nonprofit organization’s goal is to work in respectful partnership with Mayan Guatemalans to have a positive impact on the problems associated with Guatemala’s history of violence against indigenous populations, natural disasters, poverty, illiteracy and disastrously high rates of infant and maternal death. Current efforts focus on rural maternal and neonatal health.
2411 S. Superior Street, Milwaukee WI, 53207, 1-414-483-0728
Bread for the World www.bread.org
“BFW is a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers. BFW Institute seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.”
50 F Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C., 20001, 1-800-82 BREAD
Food for the Poor www.foodforthepoor.org
Food For The Poor (FFP) ministers to spiritually renew impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Established in 1982, our goals are to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of the men, women and children we serve. In 2005, 96% of all donations went directly to programs to help the poor.
6401 Lyons, Road Dept. 9662, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 1-954-427-2222
Haiti Outreach Mission — Saint Blase Orphanage www.haitioutreachmission.org
Built and operated by St Louis Catholic Church, the orphanage was named after St. Blase Catholic Church. St. Blase is a member of Haiti Outreach Mission and provided funding for the orphanage. A $25.00 donation will help to feed and clothe one child for approximately one month. Donations can be made for 1, 2, 3 or even 12 months. A tax deductible donation can be mailed to: Haiti Outreach Mission, 2025 West Long Lake Road, Suite 108, Troy, MI 48098 (specify for St. Blase Orphanage) or contact Pat Byrne, 586-296-2091
Heifer International www.heifer.org
Donations allow Heifer to work to end hunger and poverty, and care for the earth by providing appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide. Our cornerstone of "passing on the gift," assures that each participant in the program becomes a donor and gives the animal's offspring to another family in need. 1 World Avenue, Little Rock AR, 72202, 1-800-422-0474
Macomb County Warming Center/Ray of Hope Day Center www.warmingcenter.org
“MCWC seeks to provide a safe warm place to spend the night for those who have no shelter. We will refer our guests to agencies that may be able to assist them further. We are a faith based group and strive to see Christ in all who come through our doors.”
PO Box 53, Roseville MI, 48066, 1-586-321-0998
“A Macomb County nonprofit agency consisting of a center for intake, assessment, referral and support for the homeless; offering them safe, emergency shelter within area host churches and an opportunity to choose a path that could enable them to become self-sufficient.”
20415 Erin, Roseville MI, 48066, 1-586-415-5101
Socially Responsible Shopping
All consumers should become more aware of the impact their purchases have on the environment, politics, workers, and society at large. By purchasing from companies that are more socially and environmentally responsible, you can arguably help make the world a better place for everyone.
Socially Responsible Places to Shop
Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade www.crsfairtrade.org
The Fair Trade program through CRS has coffee, chocolate and fair trade handcrafts for sale. The handcrafts are offered through A Greater Gift (see below) and a percentage of the purchase is donated to the CRS which gives various grants to help artisans and farmers succeed in the US market and help to grow the market for Fair Trade products here in the United States.
209 West Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21201, 1-410-951-7459
A Greater Gift (A program of SERRV International) www.serrv.org
“We bring you fair trade handcrafts and foods from around the world. We strive to promote living wages, women's rights and eco-friendly production through our partnerships with small-scale artisan and farmer groups. No child exploitation is used to make our products.” Serrv International has partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since 1995 to bring fairly traded handicrafts and food from small-scale producers overseas to Catholics in the United States. SERRV donates 10 percent of all sales revenue to CRS for its overseas relief and development work, so your purchases have twice the impact!
P.O. Box 365, 500 Main Street, New Windsor MD 21776-0365, 1-800-423-0071
Ten Thousand Villages www.tenthousandvillages.com
“Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.” They have been selling fairly traded items made by artisans from diverse cultures around the world since 1946. Online shopping is possible and the closest local store is in Ann Arbor.
303 South Main St., Ann Arbor MI, 48104-1133, 1-734-332-1270
Co-op America www.coopamerica.org
Co-op America is an organization that tries to use economic strategies to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. They publish information about various companies and their labor practices so that consumers can be more informed about where they spend their money. You can find more information at their website or by calling (800) 584-7336.
How do I recognize Fair Trade products?
Look for the logo!
All Fair Trade products will have this standard logo on them.
All of us want to make sure that the money that we donate is going to truly worthy causes and is being used to help those in need. Charity Navigator is a website that helps to evaluate charitable organizations so that people can make intelligent decisions about giving. http://www.charitynavigator.org/