The Power of a Conversation:
In 1980, Harriet Prichard started a conversation with the youth group at her church to talk about a new idea for gift giving. The group organized a market selling relief and self-development goods to support people in developing countries. Purchasers received a card to inform recipients of the alternative gift and what the funds were supporting. This project quickly grew and in 1986 Alternative Gifts International (AGI) became a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency. “We want people to know and be inspired by the power of a conversation which was the humble beginning of AGI. You never know where a conversation will lead,” said AGI Executive Director Surinder Moore.
Each year, AGI selects 27 nonprofit partners and acts as an extension of support to these organizations. WFSS has been partnering with AGI since 2006 receiving over $340,000 from supporters around the world. “There are some causes that people instantly identify with,” said Moore of the partnership with WFSS. “Realizing there are many places worldwide that still don’t have access to clean water is something many people are alarmed by because it’s something we use every day.”
AGI inspires people to celebrate life’s milestones in alternative ways. Through the Gifts Inspiring Change catalog, pre-paid AGI gift cards, local gift markets and crowdfunding AGI is providing gift givers an opportunity to give gifts that make an impact, rather than material items. Churches, schools and organizations can host a local market utilizing the catalog to raise money for the pre-selected projects. The newest tool offered by AGI is the crowdfunding program which is available through their website.
WFSS is proud to work with the small staff at AGI and feature the organization as this month’s Super Supporter. We are so grateful for our partnership. You can learn more at www.alternativegifts.org.
“In the simple act of gifting, you are changing the world.” ~Surinder Moore