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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

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2020 Census News

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population data and shifting populations.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Dear Colleagues:

Friday, November 16, 2018
The Supreme Court granted an unusual appeal from lawyers for the Trump administration Friday and said it would weigh the politically charged question of whether the 2020 census will ask residents about their citizenship.

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Numbers don’t lie—unless they are left out of an equation to begin with. When numbers are missing from a calculation, a deceptive void appears like a black hole that swallows otherwise important realities.

Friday, October 5, 2018
On Wednesday, Septmeber 12, NALEO presented a webinar on effective Census message testing for English and Spanish speaking Latinos. The link to the recorded webinar and slides are below: 

2020 Census Resources

Monday, June 24, 2019
June marks the conclusion of budget season in the State Capitol!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Thank you to everyone who support and attended our 2019 Philanthropy in the State Capitol events!

Monday, May 13, 2019
This blog was originally published by Connie Malloy, Portfolio Director of the James Irvine Foundation on May 8, 2019 on the foundation's website.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 Public Policy Conference!

Monday, April 8, 2019
As California embarks on a new era of leadership in state government, philanthropy has a civic opportunity to help pave the roads ahead for our state.