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2020 Census

It is difficult to overstate the importance of a fair census count. When census information is not accurate, it threatens to muffle the voices of undercounted groups and regions, and undermine the basic political equality that is central to our democracy. Institutions across the country - including local and state governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations - routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development.

The Census Bureau is facing a daunting set of challenges as it prepares for the 2020 census. Since the bureau is facing budget constraints like never before, it is planning to collect the majority of census information online, scale back door-to-door outreach and roll back canvassing. These changes increase the potential of undercounting young children, minorities, low-income individuals and other marginalized individuals. Given the current climate, regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and their members are needed to advocate and educate elected officials and community leaders on the importance and impact of the 2020 census on their communities. Even without the changes being proposed for the 2020 census, we know there were gross undercounts of vulnerable populations in the 2010 census. This is why the 2020 census matters to philanthropy.

2020 Census Events

Monday, March 12, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (All day)
SCG members are invited to join this year's... more

Monday, April 23, 2018
8:00am - 3:30pm
The legislation currently being debated in... more

2020 Census News

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Immigrants won’t answer, and blue states—California especially—will lose representation.

Friday, February 16, 2018
With President Trump and Congress boosting overall non-defense discretionary funding for 2018 and 2019, they now must use some of these funds for the fast-approaching 2020 census.

Thursday, February 8, 2018
California has long been home to a special kind of American Dream. People from all walks of life come to our state to find opportunity and prosperity. Since we were granted statehood in 1850 after the Mexican-American War, when the population was... more

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Since the very first census in 1790, the constitutionally required population count has attempted to survey everyone from every corner of the country to determine equitable distribution of federal funding as well as congressional representation.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Dear Colleagues,

2020 Census Resources

Friday, January 26, 2018
In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

Friday, January 26, 2018
In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE Foundations on the Hill (FOTH)

Monday, December 11, 2017
Independent researcher and demographer Dr. William P. O’Hare published a report on the changing demographics of California and their impact on the 2020 Census.

Monday, October 16, 2017
Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution mandates a counting of every person living in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status. The next decennial census will be conducted in 2020.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Memorandum prepared for the SCG Public Policy Committee by Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations: