Some non-profit organizations in Utah feel the effects of the government's closure. (Phot: Utah Nonprofits Association)


Some non-profit organizations in Utah feel the effects of the government's closure.

According to a survey of 1,725 ​​people in the Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA), nearly 10% of respondents said they saw an increase in the demand for their services from employees, entrepreneurs and others. affected and unpaid employees due to the closure of the government.

In addition, 32% of respondents told the UNA that it was too early to be able to gauge the increase in demand for services. The ANU said in a press release on Wednesday that the response seemed to be consistent with the fact that January 15 was the first full settlement check missed by those affected by the closure.

UNA also found these findings in its survey:

  • 55% received some form of federal government funding
  • 38% received 25% of their funding from the government
  • 62 percent make organizational changes in response to closure
  • 23% reduce their operating expenses and / or postpone activities and events
  • Four respondents indicated that they would need to downsize
  • One respondent said that he would have to close if the stop was going on

UNA said the impact on non-profit organizations and residents of Utah who rely on them is "deep," when many nonprofit organizations are unable to do their job without funding federal.

"Some of these organizations are forced to underwrite lines of credit or to lay off staff and to reduce or eliminate certain services, costs in economic and human terms that will never be recovered even when government operations return to normal" said the National Council of Nonprofit Organizations. "The indirect, but significant, financial and human costs of closure, which charities are increasingly facing, are just as damaging."

The survey also showed that nonprofit organizations and their constituents are feeling a "wide range" of the effects of government closure. One respondent stated that "uncertainty and uncertainty are difficult".

Some respondents reported delays in work and new projects due to lack of funding. In addition, some are concerned about receiving benefits while others worry about the ability of clients to pay for drugs such as medications.

The comment that most caught the attention of the respondents concerned the impact of closure on traumatized people. One respondent stated:

Our staff members are already working very little to provide important social services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and we are about to tell the victims that we can not help them and our staff to go home and be able to do not pay them until the government approves a budget. This is totally unacceptable to the victims of violence and our community.

Despite some of the challenges faced by non-profit organizations in Utah, they still want to generate positive impacts. According to UNA, one respondent said he opened a food bank to serve government employees by providing them with a groceries-filled basket twice a month to those who can provide proof of employment.