Census 2020

Why Philanthropy Counts

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Learn about why the census matters and the role that philanthropy can play in ensuring a fair and accurate count. Data from the census drive key decisions made by government, business, nonprofits and philanthropy. Unfortunately, the Census has historically missed disproportionate numbers of people of color, immigrants, young children and low-income and rural households. For example, it is estimated that the “undercounted” included about a million children in the 2010 Census. By not being counted, these individuals and communities may not receive needed services and resources that otherwise would be afforded to them on the basis of census data. Although the Census 2020 is four years away, policy and administrative decisions being made now in Washington, DC, and across the country will carry significant implications for census accuracy and outcomes.

Moderated by David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers


  • Terri Ann Lowenthal, Senior Advisor to FCI 2020, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
  • Eric Marshall, Executive Director, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
  • Virginia Mosqueda, Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Sandra Dunn, Program Director, The Hagedorn Foundation
  • Corrine Yu, Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights