Krempels Center and Cornerstone VNA honor The Fabulous Find
The Fabulous Find, a nonprofit upscale resale boutique in Kittery, ME, received the 2019 Outstanding Non-Profit Corporation Award on Nov. 8 at the Annual Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter (AFP-NNE). This award was given in celebration of National Philanthropy Day® (NPD), which is a day set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy, and those people active in the philanthropic community. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions.
Becky Kates, development director of Krempels Center in Portsmouth, and Erika Lee, advancement director of Cornerstone VNA in Rochester, nominated The Fabulous Find for this award due to its tremendous impact on local nonprofits. Both nonprofit organizations have benefitted from the kindness of The Fabulous Find, and teamed up to submit a nomination to AFP-NNE.
“When we found out that the AFP-NNE selected The Fabulous Find to receive this award, we were thrilled,” Kates said. “Erika and I were very excited for the opportunity to introduce The Fabulous Find during the conference luncheon and thank them for their incredible efforts of supporting over 150 local nonprofits, including Krempels Center and Cornerstone VNA.”
The Fabulous Find is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, listed by the IRS under the name A Caring Community. Its roots began in 2010 when a small group of Seacoast Maine and N.H. women had a vision for a non-profit resale boutique that would benefit a variety of other worthy non-profits in the Seacoast region. Located on State Road in Kittery, Maine, it started with a volunteer board, minimal staff, a dedicated cohort of volunteers, and donors from the community.
Unlike other resale or consignment stores, the Fabulous Find focuses on designer clothing, jewelry, home accessories, and furniture, with an emphasis on ‘upscale donations’, providing shoppers an opportunity to catch incredible bargains. Each month, they select three nonprofits in the community, and give away the profits generated from that month’s sales to the chosen nonprofits. Since 2010, The Fabulous Find has donated more than $1.6 million to over 155 area non-profits.
Erika Lee explains, “the members of this wonderful organization have created something really special and we know they will continue to make a difference in our local communities.” Lee adds, “it was an honor to recognize The Fabulous Find and we encourage the community to continue to donate and shop at this very unique boutique.”
“It was such an honor to be recognized for what we do,” said Marcye Philbrook, president of the Board of The Fabulous Find. “We’ve got a very special team that works very hard, and they couldn’t do it without such amazing support of donations and shopping from the public. We love the non-profits that we donate to…they are such an integral part of what makes the Seacoast a wonderful place to live.”
To learn more about The Fabulous Find call 207-439-8669 or visit www.thefabulousfind.org. They are located on 139 State Road, Kittery, Maine and are open Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.