Shop once. Gift twice.
The Alternative Gift Fair was started 20 years ago as a way to connect people in our community with non-profit organizations doing good around the world. The AGF is a volunteer-run arts and crafts fair where all vendors are representatives of charities and non-profit agencies.
The charities receive 100% of the funds from their sales.
Celebrating 20 years of the Alternative Gift Fair
AGF has been a part of the Evergreen community for 20 years. For the past few years, the fair has been held at Evergreen Lutheran Church, with operating expenses supported by a bake sale and the generous sponsorship of local faith congregations. A bunch of volunteers from the community come together to help make it run, including youth groups from the supporting congregations that host a Youth Cafe, providing refreshments to shoppers and volunteers alike.
Given the challenges our communities are facing in 2020, we have decided to take the fair virtual this year, using a new model to allow visitors to shop online. Head to our "How it Works" page to learn more. We look forward to getting back to our typical in-person fair in 2021.
Let's work together to continue supporting the incredible work of our non-profit partners! Thank you for being a part of our community!
Take a look at some highlights from years past:
A few words from our non-profit partners
"The Colorado Nepal Alliance is rebuilding a school in Kuri, Nepal, destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. We are a small nonprofit, and have found that building an earthquake-resistant school is far more expensive than we ever imagined. We have raised enough money to rebuild approximately 60% of the school. The money we raised at the Alternative Gift Fair is helping us pay for the project foreman's salary. We raised more than four month's of his salary! We are so grateful for the opportunity you provided for our organization to raise money in support of rebuilding educational facilities in Nepal."
— The Colorado Nepal Alliance, AGF Vendor
"Before any more time slips away, we want to thank you again for allowing us to be part of your Alternate Gift Fair. The proceeds are assisting with the cost of expanding the Buen Samaritano Clinic's water purification building which provides purified water to the impoverished community of El Floron in Manaba Province of Ecuador. We sincerely complement each of you on your organization and kind assistance we were given when we arrived to set up, during the event and also with your transportation drivers...very much appreciated!"
— Fundacion Yo Te Amo, AGF Vendor