The 2014 Alternative Gift Fair will be held Saturday, December 6 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM in two adjacent locations on Dewitt Park: the First Presbyterian Church, and the First Baptist Church.

This year will be our 11th Annual Alternative Gift Fair, offering holiday shoppers a choice of holiday gifts to honor family and friends while supporting local charities and non-profit organizations in a festive atmosphere.

The Fair offers holiday shoppers an opportunity to choose gifts of charitable donations, rather than more “stuff”. Since its start in 2004, the event has brought in over $480,000 that has gone directly to participating organizations. To be eligible, organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designation, an active local presence, and an annual budget of no more than $2 million.

Gifts in the past have ranged from $5 to give a compact fluorescent light bulb to a local, rural household or $10 for a week of school, clothing and two meals a day for an orphan in Zambia to $100 for a “Golden Opportunity” scholarship fund to help students remain successful in area schools. With hundreds of offerings to choose from, the Fair provides a gift for everyone on a giving list. For each donation, the giver receives a holiday card with a description of the organization and gift.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Transformative Action, with generous support from:

(in alphabetical order)
Acorn Designs
Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Community Foundation
First Baptist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Sustainable Tompkins
Tompkins County Public Library



Our mission is to…

...“to provide our community with a meaningful alternative to holiday gift giving, one which celebrates personal charity, community health and well being, and the preservation of the planet.”

The Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair is fiscally sponsored by The Center for Transformative Action.

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