By Dianne Daley Laursen, AGMP Co-founder and Volunteer
The Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (AGMP) is now in its 7th year! Our mission is to give residents of the Palouse a meaningful alternative to holiday gift-giving and an opportunity to support local nonprofits.
We strive to enhance community well-being and sustainability through celebrating personal charity and community partnerships. Thanks to the generosity of our community, over the years we have raised over $92,000 for more than 50 local non-profits serving a wide spectrum of needs on the Palouse.
In each of our past years we have seen an increase in giving, and we hope to continue the trend with your help. The Market provides a platform for anyone to make a difference. Over 75 percent of our donations are under $10. For the past four years, the AGMP has provided a Kids Give! program in Moscow schools, most recently serving 4th graders across the district. For $50 a classroom, children learn about the participating charities, and donate to the participating charities of their choice as a class. They learn the value of philanthropy and how they can make a difference; the breadth of services provided to our community by local non-profits; and how nonprofits positively impact the quality of life in our communities.
The Co-op's A Dime in Time grant will allow us to continue supporting our local non-profits and to continue planting the seed in classrooms for community service and philanthropy in future generations. We can all learn from our children. As one fourth grader remarked, “I now know how to put my empathy into action.”
Charities can apply between September 25 and October 7 to participate in this year’s AGMP by visiting www.agmpalouse.org. We invite people to join us and donate to the AGMP, or to volunteer at one of our many events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can shop (make donations) at The Alternative Giving Market on December 2 (4:00-8:00 p.m. at the 1912 Center, 412 East Third Street in Moscow), at the Winter Markets on December 5 and 12 (at the 1912 Center, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), or at the Palouse Mall on December 12. You can also donate online from Black Friday, November 27, through December 12. Please visit us online at www.agmpalouse.org and like us on Facebook. Shop local, buy local, and give local!