Timothy Nail

Academic Resource Center Coordinator's Assistant, State College of Florida

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Time and money; which is more valuable when donated?

Which would benefit an organization more, our time or our money? Should we donate thousands of dollars or thousands of hours? I am sorry if my question is confusing, this is my first time.

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    Feb 22 2014: Timothy,
    It depends on the time and/or money an individual has. I have more time than money for example, so that is what I give. It depends on the organization one is contributing to.....what are their needs? It seems that both are equally valuable when considered and used appropriately.
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    Mar 9 2014: I believe both time and money are equally valuable in most cases. However, based on what I read on papers and see on TV, money seems to be more valuable.
  • Feb 27 2014: Donate your time where your time is valued and respected and donate money where money is respected.But, in realty those who donate money are much respected and revered in the society than those who donate their time.

    When you donate your time to someone then they perceive you as someone who has noting to do,because if your time would have been really valuable then you would not have been with them , then you would have been doing something worthy.

    And sometimes both time and money are valuable .
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    Feb 22 2014: Timothy, Your question is completly dependent upon your position or perspective.

    If I am a CEO I want your money. That is why I was hired to run donation campaigns. If you look at the CEOs salaries then they have to raise a lot to get their fat paydays.

    If I am in middle management I need and must have both. I cannot do my job without people on the line and cannot buy the supplies needed without the money.

    If I am at the Local facility I need people ... it is the job of those above to provide the material, supplies, etc ... I work with people. I will match your skill sets in any way possible ... but a warm body is top priority.

    So where you sit makes all the difference ....

    In all fairness .... we need to assess the agencies prior to giving either. I do not give to some agencies as they tend to use only pennies on the dollar to their cause and the rest for overhead and salaries.

    But you already know this ... In the college world the President of the Univ is interested in alum donations, federal grants, corporate research grants, enrollments, tution, .... but what are your priorites .... bet they aren't the same.

    Be well. Bob.
  • Feb 22 2014: Value depends on need, and needs change from person to person, and from time to time. Couple assumptions here, first is that $100 cash is being compared to $100 of some skill. I think that is rarely the case. It is more likely someone would donate more time than money, in which case the value is very dependent on the need. Cash is very liquid and can be stratified to fix many problems. Time volunteered is restricted by skill set, location, and schedule.
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    Feb 22 2014: The answer depends very much on what skills you have to offer. Organizations will often be explicit about what they need.

    An organization like Doctors without Borders solicits trained health personnel but not unskilled personnel. Money is more useful to them, then, than unskilled labor.

    Food banks in my neighborhood do not need any more people to stock shelves or hand out food, as they have more volunteers available than they can accommodate. But they need donations of food or cash to buy food in bulk that they can distribute.

    Many organizations abroad that work with programs that bring them volunteers who want to work abroad charge volunteers for that opportunity, because the destination needs their money much more than they need the skills those volunteers can offer.

    The bottom line is that if you want to know what helps an organization more, you need to ask them.
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    Feb 22 2014: i would tend to think our time because they get the whole us and that would be stimulating and inspiring to the regular workers in the organization.
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      Feb 22 2014: That is very interesting. Thank you for your comment!
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    Feb 22 2014: i don't really understand the question. Everyone automatically gets a certain amount of time, don't they? But money you have to work for?
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      Feb 22 2014: I am sorry, I edited the question to try to better explain it. If it is still confusing let me know. Thanks for your comment and your time.
  • Mar 9 2014: I think both are very valuable. Let's say for example that a house is being built and donated to a family. One person may have the money to donate to purchase the supplies to build the house while another person may not have the money, but may have the time to donate to build the house, or the skills to donate their time to do things such as electricity or heating/ac.
  • Feb 25 2014: There are 2 components: the donor and the organization. If you have the skills the organization needs, they want your time. If you do not have the skills they need, they want money. If you are of limited resources, you give more time.