Conscientious Consumption 

I've been referred to this site by a brilliant librarian who says that it "checks out legit" (which is often not the case on the Web). It looks like a great resource for gifts, decoration, coffee, and food.

As it says on the site, "the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.

"FTF directly links low-income producers with consumer markets and educates consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for workers in the developing world.

"FTF also acts as a clearinghouse for information on fair trade and provides resources and networking opportunities for its members. By adhering to social criteria and environmental principles, Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) foster a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that benefits people and their communities."*********************Categories: Living, Advocating


Board Stiff? 

In my work and personal life, I meet so many people who have concerns about the nonprofit boards that they serve on or that they "staff" as nonprofit employees. The board volunteers are glad to serve, and the nonprofit employees are grateful for their board members, but almost everyone laments that their board isn't operating as efficiently or as effectively as it could.

The single best source of information on how boards should work is the national nonprofit BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards). Membership is $139, though there are group rates for folks from the same nonprofit. Non-members can still benefit from the free info and downloads found on the "Board Info" knowledge center. Don't miss the Board Essentials, especially the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. Also check out the free e-newsletter.

If you're a board member, tell your fellow members and your nonprofit's staff members about it. If you're a staff member, tell your board members about it. You're bound to gain something from the accumulated wisdom of BoardSource. ********************* Categories: Volunteering, Learning

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