Op-Ed: Christie’s Funding Freeze Punishes People In Distress, Nonprofits

Op-Ed: Christie’s Funding Freeze Punishes People In Distress, Nonprofits

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Based on feedback provided by affected organizations to an informal request from the Center for Non-Profits, the current and potential consequences could be devastating if the funds are not released soon.

The list of programs and organizations affected by the freeze is diverse and includes services for victims of sexual assault; programs for victims of domestic violence; prisoner re-entry programs; courtroom advocates for abused and neglected children; services for Holocaust survivors; Boys and Girls Clubs; housing and supportive services; vocational education; health services for people with cancer and aphasia; technical assistance services for small businesses; and many others.

While many have said that the impact can be lessened if the situation is resolved quickly, even in the short term the upheaval is significant. Amid such uncertainty, program planning and budgeting are difficult if not impossible. If this drags on, then for many, program cuts and layoffs are inevitable.

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