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Thank you all for sharing! I enjoyed hearing yours thoughts on giving time instead of or in addition to money. That is so valuable.
-Tiffany at Exchange
The people I know and am around are very generous but distrustful of institutional giving. People want to know they are making a difference with their giving and will support an ask if they know what it is for or what it will do for those in need. People will support what they believe in and those they trust.
I try very hard NOT to give charities my money: I'd rather give time or expertise. The reason I try not to give is that they ALL sell my phone number to other charities,and then I get inundated with span phone calls. This is not only very annoying, but it destroys trust I have with the original group that I donated to.
As a society, we have become less tolerant of the dysfunction of our government and its inability to govern. As a result, households are reluctant to donate when the government's dishonesty and dysfunction are clearly evident; families must pause and reflect before donating or investing in communities in need.
While we work mostly with young families, we find that they are very generous with monetary contribution to fundraisers or for specific needs. We find they are less generous with their time. Finding those to work on a committee or to take a place on our Board is much harder than it used to be. We have families that will make the "opt out" contribution of $500 rather than participate in volunteer efforts.
In the programs I have worked in I have not seen this. I think while there is a decline in charitable giving overall, my programs continue to receive donations because they have a personal connection to the families. Money may be tight so if they can give they want to give where they can see the impact and possibly benefit from it themselves. Personally, I still give when I can but less consistently than I have in the past. The high cost of living and low pay of ECE mean that I don't always have money to give monthly like I did in the past.
I feel there has been a trend of less for the early childhood field for the past 10 years. It is becoming a crucial time for our field with the pandemic also causing closures when we were already in crisis.