DEAR HARRIETTE: It's nearing the end of the year, and my company just informed the staff that a gift they want to give us is to donate money to a charity on our behalf. They gave a list of five charities that they have selected for us to choose from -- and that's where I have a problem. I have a favorite charity that I have been supporting for years. If my company is going to give to a charity in my name, I want to be able to choose it. As it is, they usually give each of us a bonus, and we can do whatever we want with it. Do you think it is appropriate for me to request that the contribution made in my name go to my desired location? -- Wanting to Choose, Washington, D.C.
DEAR WANTING TO CHOOSE: It makes sense that you should be able to name your charity of choice. It is likely that your company made recommendations to make it easy for everyone to participate without too much individual paperwork on their parts. They also may have an affinity toward the charities they listed. Still, you should be able to speak up for your charity. Go to your immediate supervisor or to human resources to find out how to make that request.