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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

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.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Government and business depend on a complete and accurate count of who lives in the country.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding documents from Trump administration officials detailing their rationale for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

2020 Census Resources

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Planning for the 2020 Census continues to move along at a fast clip, with critical final decisions and testing, refinements to the operational plan, and early preparations occurring this year and next.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
This month’s Public Policy Roundup comes days after our trip to the State Capitol for Philanthropy in Sacramento Day. Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, convened over 20 funders from across the... more

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Philanthropy California has signed on to the Census Policy Advocacy Network’s (CPAN) budget request to support adequate funding for community-based organizations (CBOs) to enga

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Last month, Philanthropy California, an alliance of Southern California, Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, ventured to Washington, D.C. for two days of insightful meetings with policymakers as a part of the United Philanthropy Forum’s... more

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.