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.
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.
As nonprofits, you are trusted messangers in the community and are playing a central role in ensuring an accurate census count.
Funding OpportunityFunding opportunities are available for local organizations working on the 2020 census. Interested nonprofits should refer to this RFP for information on eligibility and how to apply. This RFP is open from 9 a.m. PDT on April 15, 2019 to 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 31, 2019.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019 - 10:00AM
Census 2020 RFP Information Session (Santa Clara County)
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019 - 2:00PM
Census 2020 RFP Information Session (San Mateo County)
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We’ve created the below guide to help community foundations in mobilizing their networks to take action to ensure an equitable census.
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.
The 2020 census may face challenges, but there are ways for individuals to get involved.
Want to help? Email Brian Perlmutter for more information
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: