To Start

  • Assign a staff person or volunteer as your nonprofit’s census liaison
  • Learn about the census – timeline, impact
  • Discuss at a staff meeting
  • Discuss at a board meeting
  • Learn about the areas of your community that are traditionally undercounted
  • Discuss opportunities with your current funders for grants to support get-out-the-count (GOTC) in your community

September 2019- February 2020

Raise Awareness about the Census

  • Develop a plan for how those you serve will have access to
    the census 2020 website to complete the form online or by phone
  • Develop messages to connect the census to your work
  • Promote census in e-communications
  • Include at a conference or other convening
  • Distribute awareness materials to target audiences, internal and external
  • Host – or advertise someone else’s – training or online webinar
  • Co-Sponsor a community event on the census
  • Advertise U.S. Census Bureau job opportunities
  • Contact your city and/or county about local complete count committees
  • Raise awareness by going door-to-door to educate your community about the importance of the census
  • Have clients complete pledge cards

March – July 2020

Get Out the Count

  • Hold townhall meetings with trusted community leaders
  • Follow-up with your clients that completed pledge cards
  • Distribute GOTC materials to your target audiences, internal & external 
  • Conduct census parties in your community 
  • Incorporate the census into all ongoing outreach, services, and advocacy
  • Provide computers and phones for people to use when completing the census