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Request of 92 Organizations for an Increase in Funding for 2020 Census Outreach

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Topics: Census, immigration, community-based organizations



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 engage in outreach efforts for the upcoming 2020 Census. CPAN is a diverse coalition of statewide organizations working with policymakers and community leaders to address the need for government investment and sound policies to ensure a fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census.

SCG and Philanthropy CA will continue to use our voice to leverage a fair and accurate count for the state of California and the communities that funders support.



We were pleased to see the Governor’s commitment to an accurate 2020 Census count when he allocated $40.3 million for a statewide outreach program in his January budget proposal. However, in light of recent political and social developments, including the Secretary of Commerce’s decision to add an untested question about citizenship to the 2020 Census questionnaire, the Governor’s proposed funding allocation is insufficient for achieving an accurate census count in California. The state must step up, fund and build a robust outreach infrastructure in 2018-19 to, among other things, counter federal-level census policies that are already generating fear among some HTC residents who are concerned about how the government might use census data to harm and destroy families and communities.


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