Funders Census Initiative Co-chairs

Marcia Avner

Bauman Foundation

Alexie Torres

Access Strategies Fund

Leadership Team

  • Sol Marie Alfonso Jones, Long Island Community Foundation
  • Khalif Ali, The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Christian Arana, Latino Community Foundation
  • Cindy Canary, CKCanary Consulting
  • Elena Conley, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Xiomara Corpeno, Groundswell Fund
  • Meredith Higashi, Philanthropy Northwest
  • Ed Kissam, WKF Giving Fund
  • Dawn Melchiorre, Forefront
  • Scott Nielsen, Arabella Advisors
  • Huong Nguyen-Yap, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
  • Allan Oliver, Thornburg Foundation
  • Maggie Osborn, United Philanthropy Forum
  • Stephania Ramirez, California Community Foundation
  • Christine Reeves Strigaro, Sapelo Foundation
  • Melina Sanchez, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Bob Tracy, MN Council on Foundations
  • Jonathan Tran, The California Endowment
  • Tara Westman, The California Endowment


Funders Census Initiative and United Philanthropy Forum Partnership

The United Philanthropy Forum (“Forum”) and the Funders Census Initiative at the Funders’
Committee for Civic Participation (“FCI”) are committed to working towards a fair and accurate
2020 Census. Although philanthropy cannot and should not supplant the government’s
responsibility to ensure a successful census, funder engagement in support of the census is
more important than ever.

The Forum and FCI, as national entities, are working to encourage Philanthropic support for the
census at the national, state, and local levels. We work collaboratively and in partnership to
ensure our work is complementary.

The Forum’s census efforts focus on supporting and amplifying the work of its 69 member
Philanthropy Serving Organizations (including FCCP), engaging in and supporting members in
programming, policy advocacy on census issues, and compiling census resources for its

FCI, with its co-chairs and leadership team, engage broadly with any funder and any
Philanthropy Serving Organization interested in learning more about the census and ways to
support a fair and accurate count, whether independently or in collaboration with other
funders. FCI houses the core census listserv for funders, develops informational resources to
support funder engagement, provides technical assistance to funders and PSOs investing in
census work, and develops programming to educate funders on emerging census issues and
how funders can get involved.