Nonprofits Find New Angles for Holiday Fund Raising
Nov. 6, 2006 ‘Tis the season when holiday-related fund raising goes into high gear, and some area nonprofits are trying new approaches to encourage giving to those truly in need.
Conscious Consuming, a Boston-based nonprofit concerned with how materialism is shaping our society, is sponsoring Gift it Up!, Boston's only alternative gift fair, on Saturday, December 2, 2006 from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at Arlington Street Church.
The fair gives shoppers the opportunity to meet with representatives from 14 Boston area nonprofits. Attendees will be able to chat with volunteers, view photos of the good work in action, read literature, and carefully match a nonprofit with someone on their gift list.
Shoppers can buy anything from a $10 recipe card from the Mass. Federation of Farmer's Markets to a $120 goat from Heifer International, and receive an honorary gift card to present to their loved one about their donation.
On Wednesday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m., The Greater Boston Food Bank will sponsor its first-ever "chain of giving" to help unload the season's first major shipment of nearly 3,000 turkeys.
The Food Bank has asked dozens of its friends and supporters from the political, business, sports, entertainment, and culinary worlds to come together to kick off what it hopes will be a record-breaking turkey drive, distributing 35,000 birds, representing a 17 percent increase over last year's numbers.
The Food Bank's turkey drive will run from Wednesday, November 8 through Tuesday, November 21, and will reach out to the residents of eastern Massachusetts for their support. Every $10 donation will help provide a 12-to-14 pound turkey to a family in need this Thanksgiving.
Conscious Consuming is a nonprofit concerned with how the marketing, purchasing, and accumulation of material goods is shaping culture, impacting the environment, and affecting health and quality of life. It promotes living a more fulfilling life by better prioritizing time, money, and material things.
The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes more than 25 million pounds of food annually to more than 600 hunger-relief agencies in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. The Food Bank serves 83,000 people each week. Established in 1981, The Food Bank celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.