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: Census data is used to determine allocation of critical funding that nonprofits and those you serve rely on including health care, education, social services and more.
- Political Representation: Census numbers re-draw boundaries for congressional districts, state senate districts, state house districts, city councils, county boards and more.
- 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 resource
This is a very different census
- The 2020 census is an internet-first model, meaning that most households will not receive a form in the mail but instead will receive a mailing that provides directions to either go on-line or call the census bureau to complete the form.
- With the new model, there are fewer regional and local offices of the census bureau.
- Trust in government has declined, making it more important for nonprofits to help!
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