Spread the word about unique ways to support IPEI this season!

November 27, 2014
#GivingTuesday is Dec. 2

Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair is Dec. 6

AmazonSmile registration is always open!




We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.


Among IPEI’s top 10 reasons to participate are:


 #7 Reason to support IPEI on #GivingTuesday is that an anonymous donor will match every gift received online http://bit.ly/1yPOjeP


Countdown #GivingTuesday#6: Watch this video to learn more about convenient global day dedicated to giving back http://youtu.be/TF7D-n2oynU


Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair:


IPEI is participating in the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair, Saturday Dec. 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. www.ithacaaltgiftfair.org

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.


Amazon Smile:


The Amazon Smile Foundation donates to nonprofits like IPEI when registered shoppers make eligible purchases. Please consider registering. We checked their privacy policy and it seems like a “win win”!


IPEI has signed up for this corporate partnership which may help us all do good while shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (We also think Small Business Saturday is important!!)


The link is at www.ipei.org under the Reach! cover photo, or follow this link:




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