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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

Thursday, August 30, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Which California region has gained more than one... more

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
12:00pm - 2:00pm
A complete and accurate census count is necessary... more

2020 Census News

Thursday, August 2, 2018
The inclusion of the citizenship status question on the next census has funders and advocates even more worried about getting a full and accurate count in 2020. The concerns add to earlier warnings about low funding, access and data security.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Dear Colleagues,

Monday, July 9, 2018
I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the Independence Day holiday. This year, the holiday held a special meaning and importance for me. I struggled to find a narrative of what it means to love our country when there is so much injustice taking... more

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
As we move into June, I want to recognize that this month is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Please join me in honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which many consider the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, and... more

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
New York state is leading a group of 18 states, 10 cities, four counties and the U.S.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Citing the hundreds of millions of dollars LA County could lose because of the census citizenship question, county supervisors voted to sue.

2020 Census Resources

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Gustavo Medrano

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Philanthropy California joined the League of California Community Foundations to urge the Department of Commerce to withdraw the citizenship question from the 2020 Census questionnaire as it will significantly undermine efforts to achieve a fair and... more

Monday, August 6, 2018
Below is a link to the webcast recording of the 'CA Policy Forum - We All Count: Tackling the 2020 Census Together. Please be advised that the webcast recording was created to be viewed in real-time, and as such the viewing pane is small.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
The July Roundup looks at our continuing efforts on the 2020 Census, funding efforts related to addressing the family separation crisis at the southern border, efforts by New York funders as they relate to the closure of prisons and a deep dive on... more

Thursday, June 28, 2018
This month’s Public Policy Roundup includes the Public Policy Institute of California’s recent analysis on the impact census data has on federal funds and California’s spending. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Opposing the Proposed Changes Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)