Alternative Gift Market Cape Cod's (AGM) mission is to raise funds for worthy local, national and international organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of people and the health of our planet. These organizations work tirelessly to combat the effects of persistent poverty, injustice and climate change.
Each year AGM's Steering Committee, comprised of representatives of the sponsoring religious organizations, chooses the charities to participate in the market. Generally there are ten local non-profits, ten international non-profits and, this year in addition, there are four national non-profits.
Our considerations for selection of the non-profits are:
Fran Senner-Hurley Falmouth Jewish Congregation
Jane Jackson Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
Sandy Rodgers Church of the Messiah
Christine Michelson Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
Charlotte Harris Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
Jenifer Alai Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
Noreen Cavanaugh Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
Krista Hennessy St. Barbabas Episcopal Church
Annie Holden St. Barbabas Episcopal Church
Sandy Shapiro Falmouth Jewish Congregation
Betsy Perpall Falmouth Congregational Church
Greg Mills Falmouth Congregational Church
Mary Fran Buckley Church of the Messiah
Carol Casey Church of the Messiah
Linda Lynch Waquoit Congregational Church
Bobye Anderson John Wesley United Methodist Church
Kate Finemore John Wesley United Methodist Church
Russ Wilcox Mashpee Congregational Church
Joe Clerico Christ the King Parish
The sponsoring congregations share in picking up the expenses needed to hold the AGM each year. Volunteers provide the labor for planning and implementing the market which keeps the costs low. For each of the past 13 years, a few fair trade organizations were included in the market. They contributed a small percentage of their sales to help cover expenses.
The 2019 AGM raised just over $44,000 which was distributed among 20 different charitable organizations. The expenses for 2019 were just over $1500.
Credit card fees are the biggest expense each year. This year, because the fund-raiser is virtual instead of live, all online purchases will have to be made by credit card, and credit card companies charge fees. So we are asking shoppers at Checkout to voluntarily pitch in a small percentage to offset that expense. This is particularly important because there will be no income from fair trade organizations to help cover the credit card fees.
AGM Cape Cod is not an incorporated non-profit with its own 501(c)(3). Instead, to ensure that all donations made through AGM Cape Cod are tax deductible, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth (UUFF) acts as our fiscal agent. Therefore, all checks for donations made through AGM Cape Cod are made payable to UUFF-AGM and receipts for donations will come from UUFF.
100% of your donations go to the charities you select.