Global Gifts is giving back. In 2012, the nonprofit retailer contributed $14,000 to local and international causes.
The most recent donations came from organization’s annual Community Shopping and Black Friday events. During these shopping nights, Global Gifts stores share a portion of their proceeds with fair trade and area nonprofits. Thanks to strong sales, more than $3,400 will be distributed to participating organizations.
“We had a great turnout this year,” says Sam Carpenter, Global Gifts’ executive director. “Our customers have many options when it comes to holiday shopping. We’re glad they spent their dollars to support fair trade and these worthy causes.”
Indianapolis organizations benefitting from this year’s Community Nights partnership include the Immigrant Welcome Center, Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indy Reads, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Purchased, Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, St. Richards Episcopal School and Visually Impaired Preschool Services.
Bloomington organizations include Bloomington Area Birth Services, Girls Inc., Giving Back to Africa, Global Village, Harmony School, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and the Red Cross.
Black Friday proceeds, totaling nearly $1,300, will be distributed among three organizations: VSA Indiana, Bloomington-based Stonebelt, and Ten Thousand Villages’ Artisan Special Needs Fund, providing training programs for Haitian artisans devastated by the 2010 earthquake.
In November, Global Gifts also donated $1,500 to help rebuild the workshop of Peruvian ceramic artisan Daniel Novoa. Novoa’s workshop was destroyed in a fire earlier this year.
“For these artisans, their workshop is their life—their livelihood,” says Sam Carpenter, who met Novoa this summer during his sabbatical in Peru. “Daniel is a hard worker and a talented artist who worked for many years to build his business. We’re happy to help him get back on his feet.”
Other 2012 donations include contributions to Fair Trade Bloomington, a community fair trade education organization, and proceeds from various fundraising programs.