2020 Census: Get out the count!

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Why the Census is Important


Did you know?

Did you know that data from the census is used to determine all kinds of things, from the number of seats a state has in Congress, to the amount of federal funding it might receive for critical public programs? An accurate count is essential.

What's at stake?

Census 2020

Everyone Counts

SVCF is working to ensure all Californians get counted in the 2020 census

The 2020 census faces many challenges. For the first time ever, most questionnaires will be collected online. There are many hard-to-count populations. And the Secretary of Commerce has proposed adding a citizenship question to the census, which will decrease participation from immigrant communities. These issues – combined with an inadequate level of federal, state, and local funding – will make it difficult to achieve a fair, accurate count. Read our Blog

Want to help?

Everyone can get involved in ensuring an accurate count! Below are resources for nonprofits, individuals and businesses.

For Nonprofits

As nonprofits, you are trusted messangers in the community and are playing a central role in ensuring an accurate census count.

Funding Opportunity

Our RFP closed on May 31, 2019 and we will be announcing awards here in August, 2019.



You can watch and learn from our training sessions.

For Foundations

We’ve created the below guide to help community foundations in mobilizing their networks to take action to ensure an equitable census.

Census 2020 Guide

In the Census 2020 Guide for Community Foundations, you will find a variety of opportunities to get involved in Census 2020, including templates to help you get started and links to additional resources. Download a copy of the guide here.

For Individuals

The 2020 census may face challenges, but there are ways for individuals to get involved. 

Want to help? Email Brian Perlmutter for more information

For Businesses

Businesses rely on accurate census data. There are many challenges facing an accurate count in the 2020 census, but there are also ways for businesses to get actively involved to help ensure an accurate count. Below are some resources:


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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our efforts for a complete census count.

Andrea Boehmer East Bay Community Foundation The Grove Foundation Heising-Simons Foundation Lesher Foundation The Libra Foundation Lydia & Thomas Moran Northern California Grantmakers The San Francisco Foundation The Silicon Valley Community Foundation The Sobrato Family Foundation Sunlight Giving The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Walter & Elise Haas Found Y & H Soda Foundation Zellerbach Family Foundation Deborah Zimmer