Philanthropy and the 2020 Census

Stories and Lessons from an Unprecedented Funder Collaborative

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Philanthropy and the 2020 Census tells the story of philanthropy’s engagement in the 2020 census, including lessons learned as funders continue to invest in civic participation, a stronger democracy (and the 2030 census!) in the years to come. Commissioned by the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup and written by William H. Woodwell, Jr., it provides a case study of how funders joined with nonprofits, government and others in a determined effort to protect a “cornerstone of American democracy.”  An Introduction and Executive Summary of this report can be found here. 

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This report is part of a series to assess the work undertaken by the philanthropic and nonprofit community to promote a fair and accurate 2020 census. This includes qualitative and quantitative research by ORS Impact and Barsoum Policy Consulting, vignettes describing the census activities undertaken in each of the states, lessons learned from digital efforts, and more. These reports are hosted on the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation website. Each was commissioned by the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup as an independent voice describing the work that was undertaken related to the 2020 census.