Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair is December 6

November 26, 2014

Join IPEI at the 11th Annual Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair!

 IPEI, the Ithaca Public Education Initiative, is participating in the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair, Saturday December 6, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with 55 other local nonprofit organizations, at the First Baptist and First Presbyterian Churches bordering DeWitt Park, near the corner of North Cayuga and Court Streets. Find IPEI at Table #55 in the First Baptist Church.

After the Alternative Gift Fair closes, its online shopping website will become live on December 7, and will remain open through December 31. At any time, gifts may be previewed and the site includes a way to create a wish list.

The Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair unites the community around a common goal of a more meaningful, less commercialized holiday. It helps people bypass the annual stress of holiday shopping and accumulation of “stuff” while honoring friends and relatives with donations to causes that fit their values. Each of the 275 gifts being offered comes with a greeting card and an insert that describes the gift and the nonprofit organization.

Over $480,000 has been donated through the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair since 2004.  Since all funds go directly to the participating organizations, all gifts are tax-deductible.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Transformative Action, with generous support from: Acorn Designs, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Just Be Cause Center, Tompkins Community Action, and Tompkins County Public Library.


IPEI gifts are:

$5 Buys a Book! One for every student every year encourages literacy and complements KDT! Ithaca experiences.


$10 Repairs an Instrument! Fine Arts Boosters repair used musical instruments so every student can play.


$15 Sparks Student interest! In science, technology, engineering and math with IthacaSTEM Advocates.


$20 Helps a Teacher Dream! Turn an educator’s dream into reality, with IPEI Grants awarded to teachers.


$Open Amount Reach High with IPEI! To connect school and community, engage all students and enhance education.



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