Nonprofit Squeeze: Donations Down, Volunteers Up

Volunteers are stepping forward as never before. But can groups afford to train them?

David Bowman for TIME

In Minnesota the United Way's Sue Moyer oversees 44,000 volunteers a year.

For the past few years, Carl Anglesea gave about $400 each year to charity. But he lost his job as a software developer in August, and since then Anglesea, 54, of Chuluota, Fla., hasn't given a dime. What he has done, though, is triple his hours as a volunteer AARP tax counselor helping people fill out tax forms. "I'd like to give cash, but I can't," he says. "So I'm committing to more hours as a substitute."

This is a trade that works well for Anglesea and many like him. After all, time is money, and community-minded individuals may be happy...

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