During the holidays, STSI tends to send out small gifts to some people we work with. The gifts are a token of appreciation to those whose collaboration is important to us – such as business partners or service providers.
This year, we decided to rethink how and what we give. For a portion of the recipients, we replaced a gift basket or similar item with a donation of equivalent value to a charitable organization. Our thinking was that:
We have just started sending out the “in lieu of” notes, and have received positive feedback in return. We have donated about $1000 to Feed the Children and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With this year’s experiment still underway, we may look at expanding this program for next year.