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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, May 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
Philanthropy California’s annual Philanthropy in... more

2020 Census News

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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Our state is great because of the strength we draw from our diversity, including the 10 million immigrants who live here. Immigrants and their families are our classmates and colleagues, our neighbors, and family members. No matter where someone... more

Monday, April 2, 2018
Dear Colleagues,

Monday, March 5, 2018
An inaccurate count could hurt vulnerable students and schools.

Monday, February 26, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in December, asking that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 Census because citizenship data was needed to protect minority populations from “racial... more

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

2020 Census Resources

Thursday, April 19, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE Philanthropy CA: Foundations on the Hill

Monday, April 16, 2018
Latino Community Foundation and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund joined forces to produce this roadmap to secure a fair and accurate count in the midst of unprecedented challenges.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE State Options to Expand Health Coverage in California

Thursday, February 15, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE Bill Watch

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