The Funders Census Initiative 2020 (FCI) is committed to stimulating interest in the census among funders and their grantees through outreach, education, resource development, and technical assistance. FCI provides a framework and serves as a clearinghouse for philanthropic support of the census, this decade and beyond. We invite you to make use of these resources and to join our efforts as we prepare for the 2020 Census count.


In addition to determining fair political representation and allocation of government resources, census data are required for implementation and enforcement of most civil rights laws, including the Voting Rights Act, and fair housing, education, and employment laws. At least $415 billion in federal grants are allocated each year based, directly or indirectly, on the American Community Survey (ACS) — the ongoing part of the census and only source of high-quality, updated, socio-economic data for every community and neighborhood in the country.

State governments also distribute public funds to localities using census data, and businesses depend on accurate census and ACS data to make prudent decisions on location, hiring, products and services, and capital investment, while nonprofits rely on the data to identify special community needs and target services. Historically, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of people of color, immigrants, young children (especially Latino and Black children), and low income, low educational attainment, and rural households, leading to a decade of inequity in political power, government funding, and private sector investment for these communities.

Join us as we mobilize the philanthropic effort for a fair and accurate census count that will help ensure that every community receives its fair share.

Census 2020 Menu of Options for Funders

All around the country, philanthropy is mobilizing to ensure a fair and accurate census 2020. As your foundation is considering how it may engage, the Funders Census Initiative (FCI), a working group of FCCP, and the United Philanthropy Forum have put together a menu of options for funder participation.

Census 2020 Menu of Options for Funders

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Funders Census Initiative Co-chairs

Marcia Avner

Bauman Foundation

Alexie Torres-Fleming

Access Strategies Fund

Leadership Team

  • Sol Marie Alfonso Jones, Long Island Community Foundation
  • Elina Alterman, Kansas Health Foundation
  • Cindy Canary, CKCanary Consulting
  • Elena Conley, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Xiomara Corpeno, Groundswell Fund
  • Ed Kissam, WKF Giving Fund
  • Dawn Melchiorre, Forefront
  • Virginia Mosqueda, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Scott Nielsen, Arabella Advisors
  • Maggie Osborn, United Philanthropy Forum
  • Christine Reeves Strigaro, Sapelo Foundation
  • Melina Sanchez, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Bob Tracy, MN Council on Foundations
  • Jonathan Tran, The California Endowment
  • Bia Vieira, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)
  • Tara Westman, The California Endowment