September 27, 2010; Source: Huffington Post | Among other expiring components of stimulus funding is an “Emergency Fund” under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program that helped put an estimated 240,000 unemployed people to work, sometimes in nonprofits like San Francisco’s Living Wage Coalition. The Coalition employs six moms who will soon be out of a job as of September 30 unless the Senate does a very unlikely about-face. The Senate voted in May not to reauthorize the bill and an attempt last week to resurface it was blocked by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Even the American Enterprise Institute’s Kevin Hassett endorses the program. He called it a “pretty cost-effective way to create jobs.” Think about these people when next you hear a jobs report. For those who will be handed pink slips at week’s end, this will clearly be a cruel turn of events.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.