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.
By Terri Ann Lowenthal, Funders Census Initiative Consultant
The 2020 Census can be summed up in one vintage phrase: This is not your grandfather’s decennial population count.
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.
The Funders’ Committee on Civic Participation (FCCP) helped FCI establish its focus and mission and provided the infrastructure through which foundations and affinity groups could discuss ideas, share experiences and information, and maximize their resources by reducing duplication of effort and identifying target areas with the greatest need.
A list of census grants to organizations.
This report provides details about approximately 600 grants awarded by foundations to national and community organizations to promote participation in the 2010 Census.
A History of the Funders Census Initiative During the 2010 Census. Including a Timeline for Philanthropic Involvement in the 2020 Census.