EDI promotes its philosophy that community involvement is not an option for leaders, it is a fundamental responsibility and key leadership competency. Through the important mindset of giving back, participants experience the rewards of making a real-time impact to worthy causes through teamwork and innovative leadership.
One element of the program that reinforces the learning around community involvement and team building is the completion of a community project for a non-profit agency whereby the participants can make a difference for a non-profit organization while practicing their skills in a safe learning environment. Participants also begin to learn about non-profit organizational structures and the differences and nuances of community-based organizations versus for-profit or bottom-line driven corporations.
Over the past 20 years, EDI participant teams have assisted 90 non-profit agencies and worked on over 120 projects.