By Mindie Reule
Program Manager, Public Policy
In light of the federal government shutdown, here is a round-up of articles about effects of the shutdown on the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.
Two philanthropists in Houston have made a $10 million contribution to the National Head Start Association (NHSA) to keep Head Start programs open during the shutdown. NHSA Executive Director Yasmin Vinci expressed gratitude, but emphasized that the contribution doesn’t replace Congressional action.
Head Start programs across the country that closed because of the government shutdown will reopen Tuesday thanks to a $10 million contribution from a pair of Texas philanthropists. The National Head Start Association said Monday the founders of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation came forward after learning about the shutdown’s effects on the federal pre-K program for children from low-income families. The money is a personal donation, however, not through the foundation, NHSA spokeswoman Sally Aman said.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Times, and Philanthropy News Digest offer rundowns of what the government shutdown means for nonprofits.
The NonProfit Times, 10/1/2013
On the same day that state health exchanges debuted, the federal government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years in a Congressional showdown over funding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some nonprofits likely will face a surge in demand for services but how the sector as a whole will be affected likely will depend on just how long the shutdown lasts.
Philantopic, Philanthropy News Digest, 10/4/2013
The federal government shutdown is more than just an episode of political dysfunction. Real people are being hurt, while nonprofits and foundations are unfairly being asked to subsidize government even more than usual while the government is closed.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 10/8/2013
Big swaths of the federal government have closed shop because Congress failed to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. Following are some reports about how the shutdown is affecting nonprofits.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 10/9/2013
Multiple nonprofits rushed into the breach Tuesday to cover benefits for relatives of five U.S. service members killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, following media reports that the customary $100,000 “death gratuity” for families of the fallen was being held up by the government shutdown.
Associations Now talks about how delays in federal funding could mean furloughs or layoffs for staff at nonprofits.
Associations Now, 9/30/2013
From determining how to pay staff to facing increased demand for their services, nonprofits that rely on government funding are going to feel the effects of the federal shutdown no matter how long it lasts.
The Nonprofit Quarterly looks at how national service volunteers are being impacted.
The Nonprofit Quarterly, 10/4/2013
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) engages millions of Americans in service through national service initiatives, and the government shutdown is putting many of these programs and AmeriCorps members in limbo—leaving members unsure of when they will receive living stipends or when CNCS will be able to provide assistance to organization grantees.
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline outlines what the shutdown will mean for veterans and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans, who already face a lengthy backlog in getting help, risk not getting their disability and pension benefits at all next month if the federal government shutdown lasts several weeks.
Finally, this Washington Post article provides comprehensive information about which government programs are impacted by the shutdown.
The Washington Post, Updated 10/2/2013
A government shutdown this week is interrupting services and jeopardizing the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers. The federal government does not stop functioning completely, and by law, certain agencies must operate with unsalaried employees. They include those that deal with national security and the safety of people and property, as well as those that manage benefits such as Social Security payments. The U.S. Postal Service will also be unaffected by a shutdown. Here’s what some agencies have said about their plans this time around.
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