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Webinar: Philanthropy & the 2020 Census: What a Fair and Accurate Count Means for Ending Homelessness

Thursday, December 12 | 12:00pm ET | 11:00am CT | 10:00am MT | 9:00am PT

Census 2020 operations are underway as the country prepares for Census Day on April 1, 2020. All a driver of important funding and policy decisions, the Census also impacts the work to prevent and end homelessness across the country. So, what does this mean for philanthropy, and how can funders work within states and communities to ensure a fair and accurate count of people experiencing homelessness or housing instability and other hard-to-count populations?

In this webinar, we will explore where current Census operations are, why philanthropy investing in housing and homelessness programs should care about the count, what some of the concerns and barriers are to counting people experiencing homelessness, and how funders can be an integral part in fair and accurate Census efforts in their community. We will also hear from the Polk Bros Foundation in Chicago on its role in the Illinois Count Me In 2020 campaign, how it supports efforts outside of funding, and the importance of bringing in funders from other sectors through mindful collaboration and coordination.

Learning Objectives

We hope that participants will walk away from this webinar with:

  • Knowledge about what the current Census 2020 operational timeline;
  • An understanding about the importance of the Census 2020 count's impact on housing and homelessness programs and efforts;
  • Information about the concerns and barriers to counting people experiencing homelessness and other hard-to-count populations;
  • And tangible steps and actions funders can take in their communities to support grantees and ensure a fair and accurate count of people experiencing homelessness.


  • Deborah Bennett, Polk Bros Foundation
  • Jocelyn Bissonnette, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
  • Terri Ann Lowenthal, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
  • Meghan Maury, National LGBTQ Task Force


ABFE, Philanthropy Massachusetts, Chesapeake Bay Funders, Council on Foundation, Environment Grantmakers Association, Forefront, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, Grantmakers in Health, Economic Opportunity Funders, Minnesota Council on Foundations, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, NY Funder Alliance, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy New York, Philanthropy Northwest, Sustainable Agriculture & food Systems Funders, and United Philanthropy Forum

Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at [email protected]

If you are not logged into the Funders Together website, times are in eastern time. If you are logged in, time should reflect your current time zone.

December 12, 2019 at 12:00pm - 1pm
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-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

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Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

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