Jane showing her pride for the new Creation Hive gift shop in Eldoret, Kenya
Millions of people around the world live below the international poverty line, unable to meet their daily needs or to build for their future, either in educating their children or investing in their own community. At Global Gifts, our mission is to help change that and we invite you to join us.
We are a nonprofit organization and we sell handmade goods from over 25 different artisan groups and over 40 countries around the world. These products represent the creativity, ingenuity, and skill of thousands of people. Because they receive a fair wage and steady employment, the artisans, farmers, and producers are better able to improve their lives and provide for their families.
Global Gifts is asking you to help support this network of artisans, farmers, and producers as they build a better future for themselves.
Our primary source of revenue is from the sales of Fair Trade products. However, because of the economic downturn due to COVID-19, our sales are significantly reduced. Artisans and small producers are still at risk for poverty, even more so at this time. School closures along with limits on migrant labor mean that children are more vulnerable to child labor. If parents become infected with COVID-19, children and youth, particularly girls, may end up assuming greater responsibilities for their family’s survival. It’s important that we, as an organization, adapt in our mission to ensure economic security for those who depend on the sales of their products in our retail marketplace.
How can you support Global Gifts and Fair Trade artisans and producers?
Shop Global Gifts
Continue to support Fair Trade through purchases of products, either in store or online at globalgiftsft.com. We pay our artisans fairly and up front for their work. When you shop at Global Gifts you're helping create sustainable economic opportunities and safe and equitable working conditions for disadvantaged artisans and farmers around the world.
Make a tax-deductible donation
Global Gifts is a 501c3 charitable organization, and your donation is tax-deductible. Funds directly support our Fair Trade mission, covering operating costs to keep our marketplace open, purchases of fair trade goods which directly support artisans and producers, Fair Trade education and outreach, and new initiatives in our local and global community.
Join the #HalfMyDAF movement
Do you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)? There is a current movement called #HalfMyDAF that will match your donation of half of your DAF! Just nominate Global Gifts and commit to donating half of your DAF! A match is a great way to make your donation go further. Check with your employer to see if they will match your donation to Global Gifts!
Share our fundraising efforts
Reach out to your friends and family to donate. A simple phone call or email can make a big difference. Just imagine if 10 friends gave $10. That’s $100! Share this page with them, or you can start your own fundraiser on Facebook or Go Fund Me.
Share information about our Local Impact Initiatives
The Global Gifts Local Impact Initiatives Committee is dedicated to working with partner organizations within Marion and Monroe Counties, Indiana and Franklin County, Ohio, to develop Local Fair Trade Initiatives. These initiatives will develop economic opportunities which create and market handmade goods that are developed in line with Fair Trade Principles. Learn more here: Local Impact Initiatives
Volunteer at your nearest Global Gifts store
We still need the support of volunteers to keep our operating costs low. And volunteering in store with like-minded folks is fun!
Spread the word about Fair Trade
Fair Trade is different from conventional charities which, despite benevolent intentions, can result in dependency and unsustainable effects on the lives of those the giving is intended to help. Fair Trade helps artisans and small farmers grow their own small businesses sustainably, fairly, and with dignity, leading to economic stability, education for their children, and increased capacity which benefits their communities.
We created a business card and flier to help you start the conversation. You can save the photo below or download the pdf version here: Tell Your Friends About Global Gifts
Thank you for choosing to support Fair Trade, which makes the world a safer, stronger, and better place for everyone!