Legal Stuff

The Work Here and the Shift the Country initiative here are jointly managed. 

Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.

A new 501(c)(4) left-leaning nonprofit corporation to promote social welfare called Shift the Country was founded in July 2020 for this initiative, and is not yet fully operational.  The Shift the Country initiative is being administered by Wicked Problem Wayfinding, LLC (dba Counterfear LLC) until the new Shift the Country nonprofit is fully functioning.  

The Shift the Country civic engagement initiative grew out of the Proposal to Shift the Country, completed April 24, 2019, and pitched to various organizations and campaigns.  The initiative has evolved since that time into its current iteration.

Services are set up as best fits the individual or organization.

Intellectual Property

All original material on this website is under Counterfear LLC and Wicked Problem Wayfinding, LLC copyright except for material in the Shift the Country sub-domain. Shift the Country sub-domain material is under Shift the Country entity copyright.

All rights reserved.  Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Counterfear LLC, Wicked Problem Wayfinding, LLC, or Shift the Country as appropriate is prohibited.

Excerpts, citations, and links may be used if full and clear credit is given to Counterfear LLC, Wicked Problem Wayfinding, LLC, or Shift the Country as appropriate in reference to the original content.

The Proposal to Shift the Country, published on this website from July 2019 - May 2020, is © Copyright Vanessa R. Burnett, Wicked Problem Wayfinding, LLC, April 2019.  All rights reserved.  Adoption, distribution, & use with permission only. website and logo design by Visionary in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Shift the Country logo (on social media) was designed and is held by Shift the Country.

Technology We Use

Both "Counterfear" and "Shift the Country" are on social media on Twitter and Facebook.  See the About page for links.

These organizations are based in Iowa, and support Iowa businesses when possible.  The website is hosted in Des Moines, Iowa on Visionary's Site OnCall Content Management System (CMS), customized specifically for this website with additional features.

Domains connected with and are managed through GoDaddy, a company with offices in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area.

Team sign-ups, subscriptions, and mass mailing services are through MailChimp.

News subscriptions are occassionally in place for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and are planned for local media sources as funding allows.


Mailing list subscription information will be maintained by Shift the Country and Wicked Problem Wayfinding, LLC and their respective contractors and is not for sale or further disseminated.

Subscription service provider MailChimp privacy information is here, including spam and email unsubscribe details.

Privacy policies for contractors and services are posted and maintained by each entity on their website, including but not limited to Fundly, Eventbrite, Stripe, PayPal, and Memberful.