Find curated funder resources for the 2020 Census.
Connecticut Voices for Children's report, Census 2020: Lack of State Funding Raises Risk of an Inaccurate 2020 Census Count, reveals the likelihood and heightened risks of an inaccurate count during the 2020 Census. In response to these findings, CT Voices is urging state leaders to prioritize statewide planning and investment in Census outreach and education to ensure our state isn’t impacted by the far-reaching consequences of an undercount to residents, state and local governments, dozens of federal and state programs and benefits, as well as Connecticut’s democracy and economy. Connecticut Voices for Children is grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Melville Charitable Trust for providing funding to support the report.
Connecticut Council of Philanthropy was one of 33 philanthropy serving organizations that signed onto a letter opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. They are aligned with more than 300 Foundations that signed their own letter, including CCP members: Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Melville Charitable Trust; and Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. These efforts were the result of a partnership between United Philanthropy Forum and the Funders Census Initiative of Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. Both letters were submitted on August 3rd to the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau along with thousands of other comments from leaders and concerned citizens from across the country.
All around the country, philanthropy is mobilizing to ensure a fair and accurate census 2020. As your foundation is considering how it may engage, the Funders Census Initiative (FCI), a working group of Funders Committee for Civic Participation, and the United Philanthropy Forum have put together a menu of options for funder participation.
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation has provided an updated “Key 2020 Census Milestones” fact sheet, based on the very latest announcements from the Census Bureau about evolving census activities and schedules.
Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be citizen-ready. Its Census 2020 resources include:
- ReadyNation (a project of Council for a Strong America) is a nonprofit, bipartisan business membership organization with roughly 2,200 members that supports business leaders to promote public policies and programs that build a stronger workforce and economy.
- The National Business Network for an Accurate Census is a free, private listserv for all business people. There are no obligations, and members choose their level of participation.
- An Accurate Census Strengthens Families - an excellent brief on the census and the faith community. (More conservative leaning funders might be interested.)
Find new fact sheets, briefs, and other resources. Topics include counting rural areas, counting people experiencing homelessness, and on the importance of an accurate census for the health care sector.
The Count All Kids committee is a group of national, state, and local children’s organizations and allies that have joined together to ensure our nation’s children are counted in the 2020 Census.
CensusCounts.org is a new primary resource site for stakeholders, administered by the advocacy group organizing much of the stakeholder efforts nationally, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. More information will be added to this site as they branch out from policy/advocacy issues to Get Out the Count phase.
Of interest to funders is the American Library Association's new issue brief describing how libraries can help support a successful census should be of interest to funders.
For funders interested in children, youth, and families, The Annie E. Casey Foundation has created a funders roundtable to address challenges facing these populations; 2020 Census is one of the key focuses. They are hosting conference calls and webinars, among other activities.
Connecticut is only 12% rural, but those areas make up 62+% of our land area, and the state received more than $143 million in 2016 for six largest rural assistance programs alone. This new analysis is from Andrew Reamer, George Washington University Institute for Public Policy.
The Counting for Dollars Project identifies 16 large census-guided federal financial assistance programs and includes analysis for each State. The report is from Andrew Reamer, George Washington University Institute for Public Policy.
For those working in partnership with state and local elected leaders, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has an excellent nonpartisan resource page on the 2020 Census. The National League of Cities has issued its own 2020 Census Municipal Action Guide.
For those who are more politically (nonpartisan) minded, this American Constitution Society issue brief on how State Attorneys General can prepare for the 2020 Census is an intresting read.
Funders that want to receive updates on key 2020 Census developments and programs can sign up to be an official 2020 Census Partner. This doesn't entail much on the partner's end, except to "pledge" to help promote the census in appropriate ways.
Join the funder email list to receive updates and resources. No commitment or membership required.