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Applications for the 2014 Alternative Gift Fair are Up!

Print the 2014 Application here.

Did you know?

Participants and sponsors of the Wayne County Alternative Gift Fair have contributed well over $200,000 to area organizations over the past 9 years!  Help us spread the word!  Let your family know that you don’t need another tie for Christmas…you want a meaningful donation to be made to your favorite cause in your honor!

2014 Alternative Gift Fair

The Fair is organized by a group of local women in an effort to make gift giving more sustainable and meaningful for their community!  This website is hosted by Cope Environmental Center, the AGF fiscal sponsor.  The Alternative Gift Fair is NOT a project of Cope Environmental Center, but the Center is very proud to be a small part of this effort!

December 6th, 12-3pm
Morrisson-Reeves Library

Can’t make it to the Fair this year? No worries! Join us for the pre-sale!
Just turn in your list and pick up the wrapped certificates later.

Pre-Sale Date:

To be determined!  Check back this fall for dates and locations.

Sponsors & Matching Organizations

Each year, participants in the Fair are given the opportunity to stretch their contribution even further through matching gifts!  We are so pleased to have the following organizations participating in this meaningful way.  If you are interested on participating as a matching organization (at any level!), please contact Alison Zajdel at 765-855-3188.

Special thanks to last year’s partners:

Gift Fair Info

It’s a chance for your holiday shopping to build a better community! Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list at the 9th Annual Alternative Gift Fair. Isn’t it about time you enjoyed a relaxing, rejuvenating, and joyful shopping experience? Instead of browsing shelves, shoppers will browse through tables of charities. Each table will be staffed with a knowledgeable volunteer or staff member waiting to answer questions about missions, programs, or participants. Purchase outdoor experiences for area classrooms, art supplies for after-school programs or food for needy animals. It’s a great way to tailor your gift to your loved one’s favorite cause!

The Fair will include:

  • A great variety of organizations- perfect for everyone on your list (see list below)
  • Calligraphers to put the finishing touches on your “gift card”
  • Gifts prepared in boxes and bows (or mail-ready envelopes) while you wait
  • Sustainable ideas for the holidays and beyond
  • Free child care for shoppers
  • Free chair massages to relax and rejuvenate
  • Great live holiday music
  • Refreshments for everyone!

Gifts come complete with certificate of donation, information about the selected organization, reusable box, and ribbon. Best of all, you’ll be doing more than finishing your list…you’ll be contributing to the health and success of our community.

2013 Participating Organizations

Birth to Five

Cardinal Greenway

Community Food Pantry

Cope Environmental Center

Friends of MRL

Girls Inc.


Hand in Hand Adult Day Care


K Ready

Richmond Community Orchestra

Richmond Friends School

Roscoes’ Rescue

Sprout of Control

Stage One Theatre


Whitewater Valley Land Trust

Women’s Fund



Contact Us

The Alternative Gift Fair is not organized by any one organization, but instead, by a group of community women who believe in philanthropy and sustainable giving! Special thanks to the committee for their work!

If you need to get in touch with a committee member, please use the links above. If you need to reach someone by phone, please call 765-277-2289 (Laura).

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