Board Member
Ten Thousand Villages Cincinnati

2011 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Usa
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Our boardTen Thousand Villages in Cincinnati, OH, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home décor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring hand made products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 30 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 70 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.This local board oversees the operations of the three Cincinnati area stores. Located in O'Bryonville, The Shops at Harper's Point & Newport on the Levee . Combined these stores have annual revenues a little under $1M.
PositionTen Thousand Villages Cincinnati is seeking to grow it's number of board members. In doing so, we want to engage with people who have a passion for Fair Trade Retail. We open the developing world access to the United States retail market!
Desired skills
WhenMonthly on Weekday Evenings
WhereNear the Cincinnati Neighborhood of Oakley.
Commitment1 to 3 hours/month
DonationWe strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
RequirementsThe increasingly diverse board does not have extensive board requirements other than attending the vast majority of board meetings and supporting the organization in your own way. This support presents itself is a variety of ways. It could be in the form of volunteering in one of our stores, leading a fundraising effort for the organization, or anything in-between.
On-boardingBoard selection is manged through the Board Chair. After an initial meeting, the chair makes a recommendation to the full board for a vote. After an affirmative full board vote, on-boarding can begin. This is comprised of mostly informal meetings with the Board Chair (to review board materials such as bi-laws) as well as a meeting with the executive director to familiarize the new board member with the inner workings of the organization.
Our missionWe create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.
Life Skills, Poverty, Social Justice & Equality