Time and money are our most basic commodities. We give our time, 40 hours a week, for money in the bank. And we give our money to restaurants, home cleaning services, doctors and pharmaceutical companies even, for more time. Not even nonprofits can escape the time-and-money trap. In fact, their inability to collect money as profit puts these organizations on the other end of the spectrum from bodegas and big pharma – as much as, or perhaps more than, donations – nonprofits want our time.
Raleigh-based Activate Good is a nonprofit dedicated to maximizing that time donation – our Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons – to nonprofits who will serve as good stewards of of our gift.
I spoke with Courtney Hamm, Fund Development and Events Coordinator for Activate Good, who shared this organization’s mission, challenges and story.