After Deficit Fight, Charities Face Even Deeper Cuts

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Some nonprofit leaders are creating longĀ­-range plans for influencing the budget debate. Martin Shupack, director of advocacy at Church World Service, a global antipoverty group, was among almost a dozen religious leaders who were arrested last month while praying in the Capitol Rotunda.

United Way Worldwide this month started reaching out to its local affiliates with an urgent message: The news from Capitol Hill is grim, and they should help nonprofits in their regions brace for a possibly unprecedented budgetary fallout.

Like many charities, United Way is trying to prepare for what will happen when Congress returns from its summer recess and starts leveling the spending cuts that are required under a debt-reduction deal that was finalized this month to prevent the