With the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative, SVCF awarded $3.3 million to more than 120 nonprofit organizations pursuing census outreach efforts throughout the Bay Area in 2019.
We also published a census guide for community foundations and engaged in Local Update of Census Address operations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
“As an immigrant myself, the census matters to me because I want to tell people that I’m here, that I’m part of this community, and that I count,” says Immigration Program Officer Anne Im, who has more than 20 years of experience working with immigrant communities.
“The role of philanthropy is important — we can infuse extra dollars into the census and to activate networks to encourage participation. The census is the ultimate example of collaboration,” she says, explaining how our pooled fund provides grants to community-based organizations and supports projects reaching hard-to-count populations.
Our staff-produced video highlighted how census participation affects each of us personally:
SVCF was also proud to be among 30 philanthropic institutions to file an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the proposed census citizenship question and make sure everyone counts!
The brief was filed on April 1, 2019. According to Philanthropy California, “Philanthropic organizations across the country took the unusual step of filing an amicus brief asking the United States Supreme Court to consider the harm an undercount in the upcoming 2020 Census will have on philanthropy’s mission which relies on a complete census count for data-driven investments and solutions tailored to their communities.”
The amici include national, regional, state and community-based institutions, private foundations and community foundations.
“I am so proud that our organization is part of this,” says Gina Dalma, executive vice president of community action, policy and strategy. “We know that adding a citizenship question to the census will lead to an inaccurate count, specifically in important groups that have been historically undercounted like immigrants, children and low-income families. We have a voice, and we need to ensure we are using it to support those that are voiceless.”