As most of you know, I'm a partner in a small lawfirm. I have four other partners, (1 conservative jew, 1 nominal Jew, 1 Episcopal married to Jew and raising kids Jewish, 1 Wesleyan holiness converted to Catholic) and myself. This year, although we will have our normal partner holiday dinner that will veer toward the edge of gluttony and in some instances excessive wine-bidding, in which vast quantities of US prime beef will be seared, grilled, and consumed, regardless of the idol to which it has been offered previously (most likely, the god of American capitalism), we are not going to spend $75 each on bottles of very expensive wine, vodka, bourbon, movie cards, restaurant cards, cigars, or cigar paraphenalia... instead we've decided to all join together and give to a charity. We're going to each donate the mount that we would nominally spend on partner gifts, then the firm is going to match it out of our operating account. In that way, we'll end up with a $2500-3000 donation to a single charity. We've decided to not go the traditional Red Cross/UNICEF/Cancer society thing, and instead try to focus the funds on a moderate project in a place of extreme poverty. We are thinking about livestock, small business start up for women, or water projects, most likely in sub-Saharan Africa. If you have any ideas or thoughts considering a worthy project or organization, please let me know. Given our religious makeup, we'll obviously be avoiding overtly evangelical ministries, as worthy as they are, of course. I would appreciate any input or thoughts you may have.