Like many other institutions in the United States, foundations rely on census data to craft policies, plan initiatives, deliver services and promote economic and social justice. The Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup has developed two resources to help ensure a fair and accurate census as required by the U.S. Constitution.
Thirty-five philanthropic institutions signed a letter of public comment urging the Census Bureau to count incarcerated persons at their home residence in the 2020 Census, instead of at the prison facility in which they are housed on Census Day.
FCCP’s annual convening in St. Paul last month was inspiring, educational and productive for many reasons. One highlight was a renewed focus on a critical component of strong democratic institutions and civic engagement: the decennial census.
2020 might still seem like a long way off, but the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections in 2016 could shape efforts to promote full access to governing institutions and meaningful opportunities to participate in all aspects of our democracy for years to come.
Building on its experience with the 2010 Census, FCCP will provide a strong framework for sharing information and expertise, providing technical assistance to funders and grantees, and facilitating collective philanthropic involvement in the 2020 Census.
Foundations can help ensure the preservation of a robust, comprehensive ACS by supporting national advocacy organization efforts to educate Congress and the public about the survey’s importance. Funders can stay abreast of policy developments affecting the ACS, and work collaboratively through philanthropic networks to shine a light on the threat to evidence-based decision-making, through FCCP’s Funders Census Initiative (FCI) 2020.
The U.S. Census Bureau is planning major reforms for the way it counts the population, but big changes mean big challenges for funders and grantees that care about an accurate census in underrepresented and underserved communities.
On October 6th, the U.S Census Bureau released its baseline 2020 Census Operational Plan. Already a year behind schedule due to budget constraints, but well ahead of the same milestone for the 2010 Census, the preliminary plan puts “meat on the bones” of sweeping design reforms the Bureau has been researching and testing since the beginning of the decade.
A Plan to Engage the Philanthropic Community in Census 2020 and Leverage the Benefits of Census 2010.