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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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
The Funders Census Initiative is pleased to... more

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
The Funders Census Initiative is pleased to... more

2020 Census News

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: 

Thursday, September 13, 2018
The California Endowment pledged $10 million to the state's $90 million efforts to get a fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census. The pledge fits in with increased awareness and funding from regional funders of the challenges facing the 2020... more

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Dear Colleagues,

2020 Census Resources

Thursday, October 25, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE Improving Special Education in California

Friday, September 28, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE Advocacy Success! SCG Heads to the Board of Supervisors

Monday, September 10, 2018
The Census Bureau faces various challenges to an unconventional census which includes a new online response option and the pending inclusion of the citizenship question.

Thursday, August 23, 2018
IN THIS ISSUE 2018 Annual Conference: Our Common Humanity

Monday, August 13, 2018
By Gustavo Medrano, Public Policy Intern

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