MNN Calls for an End to Federal Government Shutdowns

Today MNN sent a letter to the Massachusetts congressional delegation calling for their support of legislation that funds the government through the end of the fiscal year and prevents future shutdowns.
“Shutdowns place an undue burden on nonprofits that step in when people who work for and rely on the federal government are left vulnerable,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN. “We encourage Congress to enact a mechanism to prompt automatic continuing resolutions that protect service organizations and workers, and prevent the harmful disruption of future government shutdowns.”
The historic 35-day shutdown that lasted from December 22, 2019, to January 25, 2019, had significant, and likely long-lasting effects on nonprofits throughout Massachusetts.
In January, MNN surveyed nonprofits to determine how the shutdown impacted organizations and the people they serve. The specific impacts on nonprofits reported in the survey included:
  • increases in demand for services under existing budgetary constraints;
  • disruptions in current funding streams, and little to no federal technical assistance;
  • delays in anticipated grant cycles, including uncertainty around the status of grant applications and planned projects;
  • lapses in federal approval needed to carry out local activities.
The full letter can be viewed here.