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Nonprofits and donors help federal employees make ends meet
Many federal workers are struggling to pay bills and buy groceries after more than a month without pay due to the government shutdown. More than 800,000 workers have been impacted by furloughs, and nonprofits in the capital region and around the country are mobilizing to support those trying to make ends meet during this period.
Many donors have asked how they can help federal workers in need. Fidelity Charitable has developed the following list of charities helping workers impacted by the government shutdown. These organizations are highlighted because they have an established presence or connection to the impacted communities and transparent finances, programs and operations. 1
Donors should know that in times of great need there can be an increased risk of fraud committed by individuals preying upon the good intentions of people wanting to help; donors should take care that the organizations they are supporting are legitimate. Fidelity Charitable makes grants only to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities, such as the organizations above.
Updated January 23, 2019
1Please note the organizations listed in this guidance do not represent the full list of organizations supporting federal workers. Fidelity Charitable does not endorse these organizations, and provides this list for reference purposes only. All grant recommendations are subject to review and approval by the Fidelity Charitable Trustees. For approved grants, Fidelity Charitable will communicate all grant designation recommendations for support of federal workers to grantees.