We’re not too tied to tradition in this office. We’re actually always pushing ourselves to try new things.
But there’s one annual tradition that I appreciate an awful lot. Every year, around mid-December, we gather the staff to choose a charity for our Holiday Special.
And what always encourages me is the industrious and thorough work that our youngest staff members do to prepare.
These are our student interns – bright kids who do so much at the Institute. And they’re among the most passionate about this particular tradition.
Here’s how it works: each staffer can promote a charity. They do some research, prepare a little presentation
. . . and then we vote.
It’s a totally transparent process, and my vote has the same weight as anyone else’s (in fact, my choice of charity has been outvoted twice, but that’s another story).
They’ve been thinking about their choices for weeks – and with so many worthy causes, there’s a lot to consider.
They uncovered Charity Navigator, a site that ranks charities based on their financial health, transparency, and outreach programs.
And last year, two of our interns stole the show when they showed up at the big decision meeting as a united front.
This year, we saw some compelling presentations, and because we were having such a hard time choosing, we decided to narrow it down to these three:
• buildOn, an organization working to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy worldwide
• International Rescue Committee, a charity that responds to humanitarian crises across the globe
• International Justice Mission, an agency that rescues victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of oppression
Each of us then went off and studied the choices further before coming back to a final decision meeting. Which did we choose?
We’ll reveal that in the next blog post. Plus, you’ll get the details about which program we’ll be offering as our Holiday Special.
I’m grateful to have such diligent interns on our staff. What are you grateful for this holiday season? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.