An Introduction to the U.S. Census for Nonprofit Organizations

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Every 10 years, the United States government conducts the census — a national accounting of every person living in every state, D.C. & 5 U.S

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Every 10 years, the United States government conducts the census — a national accounting of every person living in every state, D.C. & 5 U.S. Territories.

Nonprofits of every size and type play a crucial role in making sure the communities they serve are properly represented in the census by “getting out the count” and, most importantly, reaching into what is known as “hard to count” or “traditionally undercounted” communities.

Accurate census data is essential for the equitable allocation of more than $675 billion in annual federal assistance to states, communities, and families. Yet historically, the census has disproportionately undercounted non-English speakers, LGBTQ+, racial minorities, young children, low-income households, and those experiencing homelessness.

The 2020 Census faces unprecedented challenges, including:

· Significant population growth among many historically hard-to-count populations;

· Increasingly complex and less formal living arrangements;

· Cyber-security threats and the digital divide of the first high-tech census;

· Federal funding constraints, resulting in canceled tests and scaled back preparations;

· Mistrust and fear of government, particularly among historically hard-to-count communities.

In collaboration with The Institute for Public Policy and the U.S. Census Bureau, we’re hosting an informational session that will help you better understand how to prepare your organization and the people you serve for reporting U.S. Census information.

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