Dear community members,

With current resources (both financial and human), we may be unable to put on the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair in 2014.

We require at least 5-6 additional motivated volunteers who are willing to dedicate 20-30 hours to this effort between the end of September and day of the fair.
Specific skills needed:

  1. Level 1 communications – front line responder to common questions about the fair, the application process, etc. Works with the Communications director, who will assist with any emails that require 2nd level support.
  2. Assistant to the Web & Shopping Cart director – must have reasonable skills working with photoshop or similar program. Must be familiar with Excel and Google spreadsheets.
  3. Fundraising director – this person must be comfortable and willing to go out to local businesses and solicit sponsors or sell ad space in our booklet that is distributed on the day of the fair.
  4. Other volunteers who are willing to shadow current IAGF committee members to learn their contributions for possible future years (e.g. checkout management, volunteer coordination, etc.).

Whereas the Center for Transformative Action has generously underwritten many of the costs for the past 10 years, the IAGF will have to cover these costs in 2014 and beyond. To this end, we will explore a combination of methods to offset the fair’s costs, such as increasing the table fees, charging a small percentage fee on donations, and seeking ad revenue or sponsors.

If you are interested in helping this community event to continue, please contact the organizing committee by September 4 at



“The mission of the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair is 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 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 $400,000 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.


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




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

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