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The Bagpiper's Hymnal! A Pottery-at-home kit! Nonprofit gifts are best

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The Nonprofit Holiday Gift Catalog is back, and its bagpipe-ier and bully-er than ever.
 
The annual compendium, now in its fourth year from the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, brings together some of the best items available as holiday presents from local nonprofits, “so that you can give gifts that mean something," says Center Programs Team Leader Carrie Richards, who put the catalog together with Evening Receptionist David Little.
 
Among the groups new this year to the catalog is the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming, which offers The Bagpipers' Hymnal and a Piper's necktie.
 
"I had never heard of them before, but they're here in Pittsburgh,” Richards says. “The Bayer Center works with mom and pop nonprofits … and I was tickled that they wanted to be a part of it."
 
Other organizations new to the catalog are Biggies Bullies, which supports and rescues the bully breed of dog and Volunteers of America, which is selling a bracelet to support people with disabilities.
 
The Union Project, which runs a pottery studio among its projects, is offering The Clay Case this year. "It’s everything you need to work with clay at home with your family," she says. "They're kind of selling you a mess in a kit, which is pretty fantastic."
 
"The nonprofits are always thankful for the free publicity” of the catalog, she adds. “But I always hear from people: 'It made me feel like I was contributing something in my gift buying.'"
 
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Carrie Richards, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
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