Doing Good with your coffee fundraiser
FarmRaiser was founded on the principle of doing a little good. Almost 6 years ago, FarmRaiser was created to be a solution to the problem of the junk food industry taking over fundraisers. Not only are these fundraisers filled with junk, many of them are through third party vendors, flown in from all over the world, harming local farmers and artisans, local economies all across the United States, and ultimately the environment. Choosing an ethical company’s products in your coffee fundraiser can inspire good, not only in your community, but across the world. Fundraising is a huge industry, where ethical and sustainable practices aren’t always enforced, so at FarmRaiser we like to make a little noise for companies that work hard to do good, even when it’s not required of them.
A Higher Grounds coffee fundraiser
Doing good is easy with a Higher Grounds coffee fundraiser because Higher Grounds works hard to develop long term personal relationships with their growers that go above and beyond standard relationships that some roasters develop with their farmers. Higher Grounds focuses on people over profit. Small coffee farms have long struggled to stay afloat in the lucrative coffee market that has often been dominated by large players. Fair trade standards dictate a standard minimum price for goods like coffee and chocolate that factor in both a fair market price, and other efforts, like the costs of running a more sustainable operation. Higher Ground goes above and beyond these principles and focuses on people. Higher Grounds wants to make sure that not only are their farmers getting a livable wage, but that they’re also getting enough to offer their communities and families opportunities. A recent survey done by the SCAA shows that poverty in the number one concern in coffee producing companies, proving that the work being done by Higher Grounds is more important now than ever. Higher Grounds is a certified B Corporation. What do B Corps do? The B Corp community works toward reducing inequality, lowering levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.
A Mayorga Organics Coffee Fundraiser
Mayorga is a local favorite of ours. Just a short drive from FarmRaiser’s headquarters, we’ve had the chance to get to know the folks at Mayorga, and their mission very well. What’s their goal? To eliminate systematic poverty in rural Latin America through responsible trade and business practices. Farmers in Latin America are amongst the poorest in the world, and Mayorga wants to change that. Mayorga’s business practices serve to shift an industry that was built to be broken and benefit large corporations, instead of providing the means for farmers to create a better, more sustainable product. Mayorga works directly with their farmers to trim out the middleman of big agribusiness, and through communication and cooperation helps small Latin American farmers develop sustainable growing practices, more efficient supply chains, and more. Choosing Mayorga for your coffee fundraiser is choosing to help empower Latin American farmers, and we can’t think of a better reason to support a business.