Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Help Us End the Shutdown
There’s no doubt that the current federal government shutdown is going to hurt millions of people who rely on charitable services.
The reasons for the shutdown are many, but they all point to one thing: there are some in Congress who simply don’t understand the concept of service.
Both Congress and charities are in the service sector. Our missions are to serve the public—the greater good.
We in the charitable sector spend a lifetime in service to our causes, our donors and those who rely on our services. Congress is elected to serve the people it represents.
But only one of us is doing its job. Only one of us seems to understand the concept of service.
We need to let Congress know how their lack of dedication and service is hurting us and the people we serve. This isn’t about partisan politics—it’s about ensuring that we have the resources to do our jobs and continue our service to the people who depend on us.
We’re working with the White House and Congress to put together a list of charities that have been impacted by the shutdown, and how the shutdown is affecting their programs.
If you can, please email AFP’s general counsel, Jason Lee, with a short paragraph or two on your organization and how the shutdown is imperiling its programs, services and impact in your community.
We need this information as soon as possible (this week!), and be sure that your organization has approved the use of the information.
This is beyond party—a government shutdown isn’t a practical or effective way of governing, especially with the health and well-being of millions of people on the line.
Help us end the shutdown. Let us know how the shutdown is affecting your organization and cause. And together, let’s help the U.S. government focus on what it needs to be doing—finding new ways to support charitable causes.