Chicago Fair Trade has three membership pools: individuals, businesses, and institutional members (non-profits, schools/universities, and congregations). Each group can select up to 3 delegates to the Board of Directors, with individuals selecting up to 5 at large members.

We invite groups and individuals to become part of the growing fair trade movement in Chicago! By working together, we can achieve so much.

Join as an Individual Member
Individual memberships to Chicago Fair Trade cost $50.00, renewable annually. We also offer memberships for low-income individuals at $35.00 and for students at $25.00. If you’d like to contribute more, please feel free to join as a Champion ($100 contribution) or Hero ($250.00 contribution). You can make the contribution of your choice below.


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Join as a Business or Institutional Member
To learn more about our membership pools, please contact our membership coordinator, Erika Herrera, here. Please be sure to indicate in your message which type of membership you are interested in!

To apply to join Chicago Fair Trade as a business member, please download our business member application. When applying, do not send the payment to Chicago Fair Trade immediately. We will arrange for payment when your application has been approved.

If you would like to apply to join as a faith-based member, please download our faith-based member application.

All other institutional members (schools, non-profits, and agencies) can download our non-profit or agency member application. When applying, do not send the payment to Chicago Fair Trade immediately. We will arrange for payment when your application has been approved.

If you are a non-profit, but are interested in being eligible to sell at CFT events throughout the year, please fill out the business application.

All completed applications can be sent to Erika Herrera, who will review them with our membership committee. On average, you can expect to be notified if your application was approved within 30 days of its submission.