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Alternative Giving Fair - 2022

Thank you for considering donations to this year’s giving fair charities.  Each organization’s website can be reached by clicking on the organization’s title or the Website button.  The 'Donate Now' button will take you to a page that either explains different ways to donate or provides a form for making an online donation.

In addition to the organizations listed below:

  • Email Cheryl Backsen if you are interested in buying Bethlehem Olive Wood products.

  • For TLC Preschool, send a check to “Trinity Lutheran Church; 301 E Stuart St, Fort Collins, CO 80525”  with “Alt Giving Fair – Trinity Preschool” on the memo line.

We’d also like to remind you that you can still purchase Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee and chocolate each Sunday from the coffee cabinet in the Fellowship Hall.

ELCA Good Gifts is your opportunity to provide critical support to the ministries and programs that mean the most to you and the people you love.   


Your donation will be used where it is needed most within the wider category of each gift selected. For example, a gift of vaccinations may be used to support other health care initiatives. This allows our ELCA to stay adaptive, flexible and effective in the work that we do


Homeward Alliance, previously known as “Homeless Gear,” is a Colorado-based non-profit that was founded in 2008.


After a decade of growth (merging with other organizations, launching housing-driven initiatives, assuming management of the Murphy Center and more), Homeless Gear changed its name to Homeward Alliance.

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Lutheran Campus Ministry in Fort Collins works to: recognize, encourage, and support; walk with and stand up for, and; work to change systems, policies, and perceptions for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, ethnic backgrounds, class, citizenship status, or anyone who has been disenfranchised, oppressed, or marginalized. We do this in our own community, with the campuses where we serve, and in all the world


Fuerza Latina offers assistance to the families of immigrants who have been arrested or detained. Our bi-lingual volunteers can help people find family members and navigate the immigration system. 


Online donations are done through Paypal to the Fort Collins Community Action Network, Fuerza’s parent organization by clicking the “Donate” link on the website.


Karel Waltermire (TLC), current president of The Murulle Foundation, started a women’s loan program in Dinsho, Ethiopia, in 2005. Through this program more than 300 women have received loans.  Their businesses include buying and selling grains and spices and opening coffee cafés. Recently, several groups of women bought herds of goats to fatten and sell individually which gives them a more reliable income


At Trees, Water & People, our work is guided by two core beliefs: that natural resources are best protected when local people play an active role in their care and management, and that preserving local ecosystems is essential for the ongoing social, economic, and environmental health of communities everywhere


Women’s Bean Project is a nonprofit social enterprise. We have a food manufacturing business tied directly to our transitional employment program. One cannot exist without the other. We believe all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. So we hire women who are chronically unemployed and we teach them to work making nourishing products that we sell across the U.S.

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The Food Bank ensures that those in our community who are hungry have convenient access to free, healthy and nutritious food. 


We're feeding Larimer County with three distinct programs: Nourishing Network, Fresh Food Share, and Nutritious Kitchen.


The Interfaith Solidarity and Accompaniment Coalition (ISAAC) draws on the teachings of our respective faiths to work in solidarity for human dignity and immigration justice, co-creating communities of welcome, recognition, healing and accompaniment.

A voice for immigration justice in Northern Colorado


Gifts for Life

Episcopal Relief & Development

Discover new ways to empower people worldwide through Gifts for Life. Connect families with sustainable sources of food and income with Gifts to Foster Resilience; invest in women-owned businesses with Gifts for Women; give children every opportunity to thrive with Gifts for Children; or gather with friends and family to purchase one of our gift packages

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Locally Haiti invests in locally led initiatives in education, agriculture, community health, girls' empowerment, and jobs creation.


They provide thoughtful and targeted investment that allows families in Petit Trou de Nippes, our partner community of thirty years, to thrive.


Our mission is To Facilitate an Encounter with Christ on the Mountaintops.  We fulfill our mission by being a place set apart, providing participants with service learning opportunities, introducing our guest to the beauty of creation, emphasizing the value of retreat to physical and spiritual well-being, and partnering with local, regional, and national congregations.


The West African Development Support Organization (WADSO) invests in initiatives identified and led by West Africans that improve their health, education and well-being. 


100% of your donations go directly to West Africa.  If donating with a credit card, please designate your donation “for Madonna Hospital”.


UPAVIM is a 70-member cooperative of women located in the urban "red zone" of La Esperanza, in Guatemala City. It seeks to create employment and educational opportunities for low-income women and their children through a variety of social programs, a Montessori elementary school, community library, English classes, after-school program, daycare center, community health center, and the UPAVIM crafts program ( providing Fair Trade employment opportunities to women in the cooperative

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