The 2014 Alternative Gift Fair was held Saturday, December 6 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM in two adjacent locations in Dewitt Park: the First Presbyterian Church, and the First Baptist Church.
2014 was 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 something for everyone on a giving list. For each donation, the giver receives a holiday card with a description of the organization and the “gift”.
IAGF is looking for 2015 sponsors. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor this event!
Our fiscal sponsor is the Center for Transformative Action.