Welcome to Equal Exchange Fundraising! In 2016, over 500 groups across the country raised money by selling delicious, organic and fairly traded chocolate, coffee, cocoa, tea and more, while supporting small farmers around the world. If you’d like to learn more about our program, please specify below. We will send you a sample catalog and more information about running an Equal Exchange fundraiser. If you are ready to sign up for your fundraiser, choose the second option!
Easy Steps forSuccess
- Distribute FREE Catalogs
- Promote and Sell (2-3 weeks of selling recommended)
- Collect and Tally Orders
- Submit Master Order Form
- Receive Order (within 10 business days)
- Check and Distribute Products
We have guides, blog posts, and presentations to help you introduce your Equal Exchange fundraiser to your committee and community.Resources
Creative and consistent promotion of your fundraiser is integral to its success. We have the tools to help you!Tools
what others are Saying
“We have consistently done your fundraiser now for at least five years. We love the products, the percentage we receive in profit, and the service you provide.” — Jane Dufault, Westport Music Boosters
“Great fundraiser-great products that align with our values. Incredibly fast turnaround from when the order was placed. Great experience!” — Nicole Sizemore, Fort Collins Montessori School
“Signing up for fundraiser is painless, ordering is a breeze, Payment is easy, Delivery is quick and profits are great! What more could you ask for out of a fundraiser!” — Kim Carey, First Position Performance Troupe
“We wanted to use a fundraiser that makes our world a better place. Not only do we earn money to support our programs, but we are supporting diverse, organic small farmers around the world.” — Amy Parr, Cooperstown Jr. High Student Government
for your Classroom
Presentations, infographics, and lesson plans to help you teach your kids about where our food comes from.Materials
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I fundraise with Equal Exchange?
When you fundraise with Equal Exchange, you'll earn 40% profits with our face-to-face catalog ordering. Our fundraising catalog includes a selection of our best-selling organic and fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, gifts, and more!
- What kind of profit margin does Equal Exchange offer?
You'll earn 40% profits with our face-to-face catalog ordering.
For event and table sales, you choose the retail prices and your profit margin! We recommend selling your products at 1.5x the cost that you purchased them for.
- How much do the fundraising catalogs cost?
Catalogs and posters are free!
- Can I receive samples to share with my group?
You may purchase our Organic Foods Variety Pack on our web store to share with your group and promote your fundraiser, or order it at a discount on your Catalog Agreement.
- Do you offer promotional materials to help our group sell?
- How long do you recommend running a fundraiser for?
We recommend running your catalog fundraiser for three weeks total. Three weeks is long enough for each participant to have time to collect orders from friends and family, and short enough that they don't forget about it. To account for those folks who wait until the last minute, we recommend setting a deadline two weeks after distributing catalogs. Then, extend the deadline to the third week — you'll be glad to receive those late orders!
- Can we fundraise year-round?
The fundraising season runs from September 1st to June 15th.
You are more than welcome to run multiple fundraisers throughout the year as long as the fundraiser is completed by June 15th. If you need to receive more catalogs, please send an email to community email@example.com.
*Please note that shipping chocolate when temperatures are 70 degrees or more may incur an extra $10.00 insulation fee.
- Can we still run an online fundraiser?
We no longer offer an online fundraising option. Over 90% of our customers raise money (at 40% profit) by using the catalog, so we think it makes sense to focus our energy on the option that works best for you all.
- I have a small group or am an individual. Can I still do this fundraiser?
Yes — we are happy to accommodate small groups and individuals. When everyone is motivated to participate, small groups can be very successful!s
- I didn't order enough catalogs. Can I order more?
Yes! E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how many you need. We will ship them right away.
- We did the fundraiser last year. How do we receive new catalogs?
Welcome back! To get started again, click here.
- Is there a minimum order?
There is no minimum order.
- Will Equal Exchange pack each student's order separately?
We ship your catalog order in bulk with paper shopping bags to help you sort and distribute products. This is the fastest and least expensive way!
We can pack your order by participant upon request. Click here to view fees and instructions for orders pre-packed by participant.
- What is the turnaround time between placing our order and receiving it?
You will receive your order within 10 business days. If you request that we pre-pack your master order by participant, you will receive your order within 15 business days.
- How much does shipping cost?
Continental US Order Total Shipping Charge $0 - $44.99 $7.95 $45 - $89.99 $9.95 $90 - $134.99 $12.95 Above $135 Free Alaska & Hawaii Order Total Shipping Charge $0 - $44.99 $10 $45 - $89.99 $20 $90 - $134.99 $30 Above $135 Add $5 for every $45 increment above $135
- Can we order other Equal Exchange products besides those listed in the catalog?
You may add-on products that are not listed in the fundraising catalog by asking for these products in the body of the email with your master order. However, you should be aware that there is a higher possibility that products not listed in the catalog will go out-of-stock. Also, you will only get the wholesale price for food products not listed in the catalog if you order these products by the case. Therefore we do not guarantee you will make a profit on these items.
- Can we still order ten Thousand Villages items through Equal Exchange?
Unfortunately, we no longer offer Ten Thousand Villages items through our fundraiser or our wholesale web store. While we love Ten Thousand Villages and the wonderful Fair Trade crafts we have offered in partnership with them, we have decided to pare down our product selection to focus on what we do best: delicious fairly traded foods and drinks. We hope that a more streamlined offering will make the program stronger, easier to manage for you and us, and offer a more focused message about our small-scale farmer partners around the world.
If you would like to order their products, you may contact Ten Thousand Villages directly: 877-883-8341 or go to tenthousandvillages.com/get-involved.
- We've collected all our orders. Can we place our final order by email or phone?
Attach your master order form to an email and send it to email@example.com. If you must place your order via phone, please call before 4PM EST Monday-Friday. Be ready to provide item totals and item codes.
- When do we receive our profits?
With a catalog fundraiser, you receive profits as you go! At the end of your catalog sale, once you receive your order, your group sends payment to Equal Exchange for the wholesale cost of the products only. You keep the difference between the wholesale cost and the prices listed in the catalog upfront.
Chocolate & Cocoa FAQs
- Where can I find out more information about your chocolate products? Coffee products? Tea products?
- Are the chocolate bars without nuts processed in the same facility as those with nuts?
Most of our 80g (2.8 oz) chocolate bars are made in Switzerland and are made in a facility and on equipment that also processes hazelnuts and almonds. There are no peanuts present in the facility, but because of the severity of peanut allergies and the risk of cross-contamination before ingredients arrive at our facility, they are listed on the allergen statement. It reads: "May contain milk, peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds & coconut."
The only bar where nuts is listed in the ingredients is our Dark Chocolate with Almonds. Our old Milk Chocolate Bar with a Hint of Hazelnut has recently changed and it no longer contains hazelnuts.
- Do you have a Kosher-only fundraiser?
Currently, we do not offer a Kosher-only fundraiser — but most of our products are certified Kosher. Click here for a list of the products that are Kosher certified in our fundraising catalog.
- Is Equal Exchange Fundraising an environmentally friendly fundraiser?
Yes! Equal Exchange Fundraising offers organic & Fair Trade foods and gifts and is an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional fundraisers.
Organic farming practices ensure no chemicals or pesticides are used in the production of most Equal Exchange products — which protects the farmers, the surrounding environment, birds and other wildlife, as well as the people who enjoy these products. Over 98% of Equal Exchange coffees are certified organic by volume. The overwhelming majority of these organic coffees are shade grown. Some of the coffees that are not are produced in locales where deforestation has already occurred. The land in these areas is in transition; it is in the process of being restored with agro-forestry systems using coffee as the principal crop. From our perspective, shade grown certification does not significantly alter the practices of farms that are already Fair Trade and organic certified.
Fair Trade principles also encourage sustainable farming practices so that farmers are able to remain on their land and enjoy productive harvests. Additionally, many of our farmer partners are involved diversification projects and other environmentally-focused projects within their communities.
- Do you have educational resources for teachers?
Yes, our curriculum for grades 4 – 9, Win Win Solutions: An Introduction to Fair Trade and Cooperative Economics, is available online to download one unit at a time. You can find additional educational resources on our For Your Classroom page or on our Pinterest board.
- Where do Equal Exchange profits go?
The ‘Short Answer':
For every $1.00 Equal Exchange receives through our product sales, typically 97 to 98 cents goes back out through:
- coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, etc. purchases from over 75 farmer co-ops around the world
- debt payments for our buildings and equipment
- shipping (over $1,000,000 every year)
- and the basic expenses born by every importer, manufacturer, or wholesaler
- 10% is donated to non-profits or mission driven co-ops working to advance the Fair Trade and co-op movements.
- 35% is divided equally amongst the worker-owners, regardless of rank or seniority.
- The remaining 55% gets reinvested in the company to enable us to keep growing the enterprise and connect yet more farmers with more consumers.