Special Report: Doomsday?

On Oct. 1, 2013, the US federal government shutdown all non-essential operations. This is the first government shutdown in 17 years. It’s uncertain how long this shutdown will last. The failure by Democrats and Republicans in Washington to agree on a budget bill triggered the current shutdown.

At this point, we cannot really know how the impasse in Washington will affect the nonprofit sector, the nation, or the world. However, one thing is certain: The longer the shutdown continues, the greater the risks.

So that we all can get a better understanding of the situation, please take a moment to answer the following five poll questions:



That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?


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3 Responses to “Special Report: Doomsday?”

  1. Michael, thanks for sparking this discussion. The shutdown has consequences for so many nonprofits right now, and will have more for others soon. For others, it ‘s a great opportunity to connect their issue or cause to shutdown-related topics, while they are top of mind.

    Here’s guidance for orgs on right-now communications — it’s a great op for fundraising & advocacy campaigns!

    Please add your plan, and your results in comments.

    • Nancy, thank you for your comment and for sharing the link to your blog post. Your article provides some great examples of how nonprofits are and should be communicating about the government shutdown. I encourage readers to take a few moments to check-out your post. These are challenging times. I’m convinced that proactive organizations are the ones that will minimize their risk.


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