Charity of the week
The mission of the International Folk Art Alliance (folkartmarket.org) is to celebrate indigenous cultures and create economic opportunities for folk artists worldwide. Every year, scores of artists from dozens of countries convene for a weekend in the nation’s largest folk art market, in Santa Fe, to sell their handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, baskets, metal work, and more. IFAA prepares folk artists for the event through its mentoring program, providing skills training, business development, and peer-to-peer learning, and connects them with wholesale buyers for economic opportunities year-round. Artists take home 90 percent of their earnings, giving them the opportunity to serve as catalysts for positive social change in their communities back home.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
February 2, 2018 THE WEEK