It really does take the whole community to do this!
MISSION & PURPOSE
Established in 2009, the mission of the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (AGMP) 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.
Every year the AGMP offers opportunities for creative, sustainable and heartfelt holiday giving. This year 32 nonprofits offer gifts in the form of donations that help them provide services that make the Palouse a wonderful place to live. For every donation you make, you receive a card to send to a loved one as a meaningful holiday gift.
For just $5 you could purchase a meal for a homeless child, nails to help build a home for someone in need, carrots and plumbs for families at local food banks, tutoring support for a disabled veteran, a sea turtle released into the ocean by high school students studying conservation in Mexico, bike maintenance tools for African villagers, and much more. Your loved ones will surely appreciate gifts like these!
The Annual Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (AGMP) was started in 2009 by two community members who were both independently exploring ways to promote local charitable giving on the Palouse during the holidays. When Renée and Dianne met, soon Mary and Dan were on board, and the AGMP was created! Thanks to the dedicated support of key community partners and volunteers, AGMP was met with incredible success. In our first year, we raised $7,474 for 25 local nonprofits in less than four hours!
Over the past ten years, we have increased donor awareness and enthusiasm to shop for holiday gifts at the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse. With our goal to broaden our donor base, in 2014 we shared this inspirational opportunity with Saturday shoppers at the Palouse Mall. Shoppers who had not previously heard of the AGMP rose to the occasion with enthusiasm and gratitude. We aim to extend this giving opportunity to everyone on the Palouse and beyond. After 9 years of amazing leadership Renee, Diane, and Mary passed the baton to Christine Gilmore, Jamie Hill, and Sandra Kelly. Dan Noble continued as the “man-behind-the-numbers guru.” The new leadership team carried the torch of giving into the 10th year of AGMP seeing a remarkable impact of $47,374 for local non-profits.
The Power of Community The Market is organized and put on entirely by volunteers. The power of community partnerships and volunteerism makes our communities vibrant with philanthropy and sustainability. We have no paid staff. We are always looking for volunteers throughout the year and to help staff our events. If you have time, skills, energy, or inspiration to share please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the current Leadership Team
Christine has been involved in the nonprofit industry for over 14 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. She has a deep passion for making change and elevating the community of Moscow through grass roots organizations. She is currently the vice chair for the Moscow Arts Commission, serves on the Latah County Community Foundation board, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee, and the Chamber Music Festival committee. She is motivated to help Moscow's many nonprofits and found an outlet through the AGMP leadership team. Christine is on a mission to find all things unicorn-related for her 4 year old son who is obsessed with the colorful creatures.
Volunteering has been a keystone in Jamie's life. Helping others to grow and succeed brings her true joy and continues to feed her natural sense of servant leadership. She currently serves as chair of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs committee, the Moscow Farmers Market Commission, is the Advisory Board Chair for Beta Theta, Kappa Alpha Theta and is deeply involved with Idaho 4-H Know Your Government. Joining the AGMP Leadership team gave her the resources to truly be a steward of the town of Moscow and Latah County. Jamie likes to slow down and color and can't wait to decorate a turtle or two.
Sandra is a sixth-generation Idahoan who grew up in Mountain Home, Idaho, and moved to Moscow in 2007. Sandra enjoys fly-fishing, kayaking, being a docent at the McConnell Mansion and hanging with her dog. She currently works at Washington State University with the Center for Civic Engagement as the Community Programs Coordinator, and she was elected to the Moscow City Council in November of 2019. Previously she worked at Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, where she became involved with the Alternative Market of the Palouse. She has previously served on the Human Rights Commission and Historic Preservation Commission, and has served on numerous boards and committees. Sandra has a soft spot for four-legged friends and is excited to see cats and dogs on a postcard.
Born and raised in Idaho Dan came to Moscow to be a student and never left. He fell in love with the small town with such a big personality. He is a die-hard vandal and has worked for the University of Idaho for over 15 years. He has been with AGMP since the beginning and found that it is a great way to really get to know the town and the great people who make great things happen. Dan has a deep appreciation for the Palouse wildlife and can be found hugging a porcupine (ouch!).
THE AGMP LEADERSHIP TEAM WANTS TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR EARLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT.
- The Moscow Giving Circle for grant funds that support AGMP.
- Ron Doebler (rondoebler.com) for taking photos at AGMP events.
- Tonda Lark (Backcountry Lark) and David Harlan (Moscow Art Theater (Too)) for helping answer web design questions.
- Gillian Sharma and Lisa Harmon, our lead AGMP volunteers for Kids Give!
- Tiffanie Braun for all her help managing online giving.
The mission of the Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse (AGMP) 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.
Closed for 2020 season. Will open September 2021.