The census is important to your nonprofit and to those you serve
- Every person counted in your community impacts ten years of funding, representation, and allocation of public services and infrastructure.
Your voice and funding is at risk
- Federal Funds: Data derived from the Decennial Census guides the distribution of federal dollars that support key social services, health care and education in communities across the country.
- Political Representation: Census results determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
- Public Infrastructure: Government and businesses use census numbers to locate schools, transit, and retail outlets.
The people you serve are in danger of being undercounted
- The census has historically missed certain communities.
- Communities of color, low-income households, immigrants, and young children are missed at disproportionately high rates.
- Being undercounted deprives these communities of equal political representation, as well as private and public resources
This census is different
- For the first time, households will have the opportunity to reply online, by phone, or by mail.
Census engagement is easy for nonprofits and the time to act is now
- There are many easy activities to integrate into nonprofits’ services, programs, offices, and resources.
- Contact your local municipal offices and ask how you can partner with them to ensure a fair and accurate census 2020 count in your community.
- Find toolkits and resources for nonprofits at nonprofitvote.org
Do’s and Don’ts for Field Work
Sometimes you just need a simple list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to conducting community outreach, door-to-door canvassing, phone outreach and more. This CensusCounts.org toolkit is perfect.
Get more toolkits and guides at censuscounts.org