Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How did Pal Craftaid get started?
    In 1993, the Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Knott participated in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) study trip to Israel/Palestine. When she returned, she was moved to begin importing Palestinian olive wood sculptures and needlework to the U.S. and selling them at church bazaars and other activities. Artisans were paid fairly and profits were returned to Christian-based programs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. At the time, Liz assumed this would be a short-term project and that peace with justice would come to the area and the Palestinian economy would return to normalcy.
    In 2008 with peace still far off, Liz appointed a Board to begin overseeing the work of Pal Craftaid and to seek status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization within the U.S. tax codes. The members of the Board are from all over the country and are now responsible for all of the work of Pal Craftaid. Non-profit 501(c)(3) status was attained in December 2009.
  2. What organizations does Pal Craftaid support with its profits from sales
    • Aid to the Aged (ATTA) serves the elderly in the old city of Jerusalem and in the West Bank who are isolated from their families due to the Wall and travel restrictions for Palestinians.
    • The Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza serves up to 300 children, ages 3-18, enrolled in the school for the deaf and teaches students and parents crafts which generate income for the families.
    • The YWCA of Palestine provides vocational training for young women, empowering them in career development and job opportunities. They also create program in refugee camps and villages for women and children.
    • The Arab Orthodox Society (AOS) is supported by Pal Craftaid to assist several families with medicine, clothing and food.
  3. What is fair trade?
    Pal Craftaid is honored to have received membership in the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) in December 2010. Membership in the FTF obligates Pal Craftaid to continue paying all artisans a fair and living wage, to pay all bills to artisans promptly, and to assure a safe and healthy working environment without the presence of child labor. Members demonstrate that trade can be a positive force for improving living standards, health, education, the distribution of power, and the environment in the communities with which they work.
  4. How can I get Pal Craftaid inventory for a sale?
    Pal Craftaid is happy to send you a box(es) of inventory on consignment for your church bazaar, women’s event, alternative Christmas sale or an event at any time of the year. Please contact our distribution coordinator, Kirsten Johnston ( or 248/486-5106) to begin the process. Pal Craftaid inventory can be sent to you with your specific instructions or after conversation with Kirsten about the number of people to attend your event, range of items you might be interested in and at her discretion. There should be a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to your sale when contacting us, particularly in November and December. You will be responsible for taking inventory of everything you receive, reinventorying after the sale, carefully rewrapping and packing the return box and sending the funds from your sale promptly.
  5. How can I order just for myself?
    Please contact our distribution coordination, Kirsten Johnston ( or 248/486-5106) about any Pal Craftaid inventory which you would like to purchase for yourself or as gifts.
  6. How can I donate to Pal Craftaid?
    Gifts to Pal Craftaid are welcome at all times. You may give your gift undesignated and the Board will decide where the gift can best be used by our partner organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. You may also designate your gift to one of our partner organizations and the Board will see that your gift gets to the designated organization. All donations are tax deductible.
    Checks may be written to Pal Craftaid and sent to our treasurer, Virginia Priest (3520 N. 30th Street; Tacoma, WA 98407).
    You may also Donate Online.