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Census 2020 Resources

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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 Lauren Bennett at lauren@funderstogether.org.

 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Join us as we co-sponsor the following webinar around message testing for the 2020 Census!
FCI Briefing Series: Census 2020 Messaging Testing Results
November 14, 2018 | 3:00pm EST
Please note: these briefings are open to funders and field partners. Please feel free to share with colleagues who you think may be interested in this briefing series.

 

General Information

United State Census Bureau

 

From Our Partners

United Philanthropy Forum

Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Brennan Center for Justice

National Conference of State Legislatures

 

From Our Members

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

Barr Foundation: How Is Philanthropy Responding to the Citizenship Question?

Polk Bros Foundation: A Call to Remove Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

Annie E. Casey Foundation: Census Campaign Materials- To elevate issue of young child undercount

 

 


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