My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for International Folk Art Alliance, Santa Fe, NM, USA
I'm also a professional with expertise in craft development (manufacturing). My husband and I have been financially supporting artists with IFAA for the past 3 (4?) years and of course, buying many wares too. The advantages to clients is of course, improved standard of living, education, health but less obvious is the reduction in the economic motivation to move to urban centers (further straining challenged infrastructure) and retaining cultural heritage as an economic base. Buyers benefit by meeting the makers and by knowing their dollars have a direct impact as opposed to whatever percentages are whittled away via middlemen.
As to IFAA itself; I'm not privy to its inter-workings but as a show visitor, I can say that this show is the best show I've ever attended -and I attend a lot of trade shows (internationally).