I used to work in the .org world (not to age myself too much, but it was actually a little before this whole internet thing got really big). It was a true privilege getting to know the generous souls who were kind enough to part ways with their money to keep our nonprofit afloat. Donors came in all types – name in lights please, anonymous, hands on, mission specific, in it for the tchotchkes, gala gals, just give me the tax break already. I didn’t care. Charitable organizations are the lifeblood of our communities and I was grateful for anyone who was willing to write a check (again, it was a while ago, that was still a thing. adorable, right?). Anyhow, you’ve probably surmised my now that literacy and kids and books and such are dear to me, so for the next five days, I’ll be encouraging you to get out your checkbook (jkjk, are you 100?) or credit card and consider one of the featured charities for your year-end giving. Also, gentle reminder that this is a good time to adios that egg nog in your fridge. Party’s over people. That stuff don’t last forever.
The first featured group, started by Dave Eggers, is a favorite as I used to be a volunteer with their after-school tutoring program, and got to see firsthand what a positive impact the one on one tutoring time had on kids. From their site: 826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of seven writing and tutoring centers. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.