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)
Alternatives Federal Credit Union
First Baptist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Tompkins County Public Library