Board Directors and Committee Members

Website Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh

Live Life Fair

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. Ten ThousandVillages establishes 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 theWorld Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh is an independent nonprofit that sells Ten Thousand Villages products and shares the company name, but the Pittsburgh board operates separately of Ten Thousand Villages US leadership. In addition to governance, the board is also heavily involved in many aspects of operations, including managing bank accounts, approving expenses, creating the annual budget, devising policies, implementing advertising and marketing plans, organizing events, pursuing grant opportunities, and more.As a nonprofit operating a retail store at an unprecedented time in history in which theCoronavirus has caused a downturn for the industry as a whole, Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh is in need of talented and committed individuals to help guide our organization.The board currently has openings for board directors and committee members with experience and expertise in the following:

  • Human Resources
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Retail Operations
  • IT
  • Legal

The full Board of Directors typically meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except July and December) at 6:30PM. During normal operations, the meeting takes place at the store located at 5820 Forbes Ave in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and regular in-person attendance is expected of directors. In an average month, board service will require 4-10 hours.  Terms are three years and directors are not required to make financial contributions though they are expected to support fundraising initiatives.  Board committees meet as needed, typically once per month and often by telephone or videoconference. There is not a term duration for committee members.

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