About AGGW

Who we are

Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington, Inc. (AGGW) was founded on the premise that among the most thoughtful gifts you can give someone is a donation to one or more charities in their honor.

Each year we select and help match you with a dozen or more small, locally-based direct-service charities who have each provided a selection of philanthropic gifts you can buy in honor of your favorite people. Alternative gifts fill a direct and tangible need such as one week of school with a daily lunch for a child in rural Northern Ghana, or a journal for a girl to record thoughts, feelings and dreams.

Over the past 24 years, the Alternative Gift Fair has produced over $530,000 for hundreds of small locally-based direct-service nonprofits.

Board of Directors

Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa, Secretary

Steve Smith, Treasurer

Steve Whitney

Bridget Cherry

Operations Team

Mimi Iklé-Khalsa

John Cornwell

Laura Chesebro

Eli Koppel

Kate Williams

Shannon Baker-Branstetter

Please support our mission to raise money for important causes. Consider a tax-deductible donation to AGGW , the all-volunteer 501(c)(3) that has produced the Alternative Gift Fair each year since 1998. Or contact-us to volunteer!