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Census 2020 Resources


An accurate census count is essential to our efforts to prevent and end homelessness. The numbers from the 2020 Census will be used to determine funding and service levels for the next ten years. We know that along with individuals experiencing homelessness, racial minorities, immigrants, young people, and people in poverty are historically hard to count. The 2020 Census is already facing new challenges including budget constraints, online response, and scaled back door-to-door outreach and canvassing.

As a field, the homelessness sector has experience and expertise counting these individuals. As funders, we can support our grantees to help ensure a fair and accurate count. Additionally, funders across the country are coming together to support local planning, inform policy makers, and to educate nonprofits.

The links below are a culmination of resources provided by our partners and members. If you are interested in having additional conversations on how the 2020 Census will specifically impact our efforts, please reach out to Jennifer Olney at jennifer@funderstogether.org.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Webinar: Philanthropy’s Response to the Addition of a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census
Thursday, July 12 at 3pm-4pm ET | 2pm-3pm CT | 1pm-2pm MT | 12pm-1pm PT

On June 8, the Commerce Department (which oversees the Census Bureau) invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 census.  The public has 60 days – until August 7 – to submit comments.

This is one of the few opportunities for philanthropy to make its case that the citizenship question should be removed from the census questionnaire. Regardless of whether public comments will move the Trump administration to reverse its decision, this establishes an important record for the public, Congress and the courts to consider.

During this webinar, funders will learn about:

  • Where the citizenship question stands now and how key national stakeholder organizations are organizing to oppose it
  • How funders and Philanthropy Serving Organizations can sign-on to letters opposing the citizenship question and/or submit their own comments
  • How Funders can help inform their grantees about sign-on comment letters and other organizing opportunities for stakeholder groups



From Our Partners

United Philanthropy Forum

Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

The Leadership Conference Education Fund


From Our Members

Raikes Foundation: A Fair and Accurate census is Critical to the Future of Our Youth



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