2020 Census

“Census Day,” April 1, 2020, is now less than two years away and the time to act is now!

It is difficult to overstate the importance of a fair census count. When census information is not accurate, it threatens to muffle the voices of undercounted groups and regions, and undermine the basic political equality that is central to our democracy. Institutions across the country - including local and state governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations - routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development.

The Census Bureau is facing a daunting set of challenges as it prepares for the 2020 census. Since the bureau is facing budget constraints like never before, it is planning to collect the majority of census information online, scale back door-to-door outreach and roll back canvassing. These changes increase the potential of undercounting young children, minorities, low-income individuals and other marginalized individuals. Given the current climate, regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and their members are needed to advocate and educate elected officials and community leaders on the importance and impact of the 2020 Census on their communities. Even without the changes being proposed for the 2020 Census, we know there were gross undercounts of vulnerable populations in the 2010 Census. This is why the 2020 Census matters to philanthropy.

California Census Office - Request for Information

Deadline: September 14, 2018 at 5PM

Request for Information (RFI) for the California Census Office Cover Letter | Request for Information California Census 2020

The Complete Count Office is seeking new and innovative ideas from Community Based Organizations revolving around reaching hard to count populations. For more information and to respond, please visit the California eProcure website.

RFI responses may include, but are not limited to, the following ideas:

  • Identify roadblocks to the 2020 Census and potential strategies for overcoming these challenges. This does not need to be limited to efforts your organization currently engages in.
  • Describe any unique collaborations and/or coalitions that your organization is a part of in conducting similar work that would add value to the California Complete Count Census 2020 campaign.
  • Describe any and all methods for forming partnerships that can conduct outreach to hard-to-count populations.
  • Describe new partnerships that exist or could be created that would provide diverse, collaborative census outreach effort.
  • Describe new ways your organization reaches hard-to-count communities or innovative ideas that your organization would like to use.
  • Describe methods that could be employed to help hard-to-count populations complete an online census form.
  • Identify ways to coordinate multi-lingual support for individuals who will be utilizing the telephone or paper questionnaire system.
  • Identify ways to encourage hard-to-count communities to complete the census form that have not been used in previous census efforts.
  • Describe any best practices for social media outreach that reach targeted communities.
  • Identify the organization’s strategies to help dispel negative messaging around the 2020 Census and what resources that could be leveraged, including the ability to be flexible when reacting to sudden or crisis situations.
  • Identify other communication strategies your organization recommends using during the Census 2020 efforts

For more information or to apply, click here.

California State Assembly Meets on 2020 Census

San Diego Grantmakers' President and CEO Nancy Jamison speaks about "Connecting the Census to Californians: The Roles of Nonprofits and Local Governments" at the joint committee hearing at the State Capitol on August 13. Watch video.


How Can I Get Involved? 

We invite all of SDG’s members and other funders in the region to join us in support of an accurate census count.  

  • Sign up for our eNewsletter to learn about funding and advocacy opportunities
  • Join us at an educational program for funders 
  • Join a collaborative funding effort to support local organizations 
  • Support San Diego Grantmakers
  • Contact us with questions or to discuss your interest 

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