WHO CAN HOST AN ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET?
Anyone can! Over 450 Markets in 44 states are held each year across the U.S. in partnership with Alternative Gifts International (AGI). They are hosted by churches, schools, businesses, service clubs, senior centers or other organizations throughout the year. Colorful booths are set up to represent the various Alternative Gift projects. In addition, some markets choose to offer local projects, such as supporting an area food pantry, women's support organization or homeless shelter.
Some Markets are hosted by volunteers at home or at an office party, where Alternative Gift catalogs and shopping lists are distributed. Gift cards may be purchased for the party or donors may send in their shopping lists to AGI's home office where each card order will be promptly filled.
Schools and colleges have found that hosting an Alternative Gift Market is a highly effective learning tool that engages students in a dialogue about global needs and international issues.
WHAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET?
Alternative Gift Markets (AGM) are non-profit shopping events that provide life-saving gifts to those in need. Through the coordinated and charitable inspiration of individuals and communities the Gift Market is promoted in the local community allowing people to express their compassion through the purchase of Alternative Gifts such as seeds for reforestation to help the environment, a water pump to supply communities with clean running water, food for hungry children and families, micro-loans to help stabilize a future for families to live and other humanity focused gifts. The Alternative Gifts purchased at churches, schools and company sponsored Markets support a number of causes to bring aid to the world’ poor and disadvantaged.
WHAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE GIFT?
The simplest description is that an Alternative Gift Market Shopper (donor) can support a variety of extraordinary causes such as planting trees or providing drinking water for our fellow global citizens and by doing so, may honor friends, family members, or associates for birthdays or other special occasions. As an ‘alternative’ to traditional, material gifts a donor can choose a complimentary greeting card to accompany a gift insert which describes the specific gift made to a cause.