Time, Talent, Treasure & Ties
Traditionally, donors have focused on how to maximize and distribute their resources around Time, Talent, and Treasure. Now, catalyzed by what we have learned from the next generation, we add a fourth resource to this list: Ties—representing inspiration, connection, and strategic input from peers. In partnership with the Greater Houston Community Foundation, this inspired us to create Time, Talent, Treasure & Ties (TTT&T); this simple, yet insightful, tool can help donors consider the sum of all their philanthropic resources (beyond just the financial) and determine how to leverage them strategically and meaningfully.
How You Can Use TTT&T
Utilizing the worksheet pad and instructional guide, users will reflect on how they’ve been allocating their resources in each of the four categories during the past year; then, they will set intentions for how they would like to harness their (valuable) Time, (unique) Talent, (generous) Treasure & (peer network) Ties in the year ahead. This exercise provides a great blueprint for formulating future philanthropic strategies along with a set of tactical, next steps to lead donors toward realizing their vision for change.
Ways You Can Use TTT&T
Time, Talent, Treasure & Ties can be used in numerous settings, from one-on-one to a large group:
- Use it one-on-one with donors to assist with philanthropic planning;
- Apply Time, Talent, Treasure & Ties in conjunction with Picture Your Legacy to align resource allocation with a vision for the year(s) ahead;
- Gather family or group members who can help one another maximize their philanthropic impact in each category of giving, and;
- Read Generation Impact to compliment the tool by gaining a deeper understanding of how next gen donors think about allocating their resources to create strategic impact.