“Arnold Fisher is Angry, Angry, Angry” read the Daily Beast’s Afternoon Cheat Sheet headline yesterday. And he had a right to be. Thanks to the inaction of Congress, families of service members killed overseas were not going to receive the survival benefits promised to them by the government to cover burials and other expenses. So what did Fisher and his family’s Fisher House Foundation do? They offered to make the payments to families themselves.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation donated $10 million to Head Start programs that were forced to close, ensuring that the education of more than 7,000 young children was not interrupted.

The actions of these foundations are just two examples of how nonprofits are filling the void left by the government shutdown. As these organizations step in to make the lives of people affected by the shutdown easier, they’re confronted with a classic public relations quandary: How, if at all, should they publicize their good deed?

The Arnolds let Head Start announce the good news in a press release while their own media presence has been minimal. The Fishers have been more outspoken, using the media to publicly shame the government for not ensuring a path to these benefits before the shutdown.  

The Fisher’s outrage, actions and subsequent media attention was effective; Congress just passed a bill to restore survivor benefits. But other organizations who are donating time and money to make sure others get paid, have access to education and other public services, may have to be a little louder for the shutdown to end entirely.