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Today, I want to discuss and clarify the business function of Africa Bags and talk about what makes the organization truly different from its competitors. It is certainly valid to question or even challenge the authenticity of a non profit organization such as one like Africa Bags. People are curious to know where the money goes and want full transparency of the inner functions and whereabouts of revenue and income earned. For this reason, I believe that an informative disc burberry handbags ussion on the specifics of Africa Bags and its business is certainly justifiable.
501(c)(3): Yes, Africa Bags is a 501(c)(3). What does that mean? I wondered the same thing when I saw those numbers on the Africa Ba burberry handbags gs website. A 501(c) organization is “an American tax exempt, nonprofit corporation or association.” The (3) denotes organizations that qualify as one of the following: religious, educational, chartable, scientific, literary, Testing for Public S burberry handbags afety, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Anim burberry handbags als.
Real Fair Trade (RFT): The term Fair Trade is a funny term conceived from the Fair Trading Act of 1986. It’s funny because less than 20% of the proceeds from sales are given to the artisans who made the product. Africa Bags decided to really put the “fair” back into Fair Trade. Here is a breakdown of the difference between RFT and regular Fair Trade companies.
The Todd Effect: Todd Pettit certainly has a vision for Africa Bags, and in this vision the people of Malawi are front and center. He sits on a National Fair Trade Cooperation Board and witnesses many decisions made at the expense of the employees and artisans. Todd sticks true to his word and ensures that low overhead costs and returning as much of the proceeds to the people of Malawi as possible, are the organization’s primary objectives. This sort of initiative is exactly what makes Africa Bags a truly genuine organization.
Now that we have cleared up the subtle but crucial differences between corporations, charities, free trade, and so on, you know now that when you buy a product from Africa Bags, the money is going right to the source. It is directly helping the cause, helping the people of Malawi. I think this is the crux of reason why Africa Bags is one of the best and most genuine charitable organizations out there.