WEBINAR: Mass Census Equity Fund 2020 - What you need to know and how you can be involved.
Every 10 years the US Constitution requires that all residents, including non citizens and undocumented immigrants, be counted through a nationwide census. Collecting accurate census data is an essential part in determining a fair allocation of federal funds and political representation at the federal, state and local level. The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund 2020 is inviting funders to be a part of a three year project to promote an accurate count of all residents in Massachusetts.
We will outline important facts about the upcoming Census, the challenges we face in ensuring a fair and accurate count and how the fund is working to educate and provide resources across the commonwealth to address these concerns.
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Jeff Poulos, CEO Philanthropy Massachusetts
Alexie Torres, Chair, Mass Census Equity Fund 2020 & Executive Director, Access Strategies Fund
Avi Green, Executive Director, Scholars Strategy Network
Katie Campbell Simons, Project Consultant, Mass Census Equity Fund 2020
Historically, certain populations are “hard-to-count.” Urban and rural areas with large low-income populations, people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, migrant workers, ex-offenders, young children, the elderly, those who are disabled, renters, the homeless, and those living in mobile homes or multi-unit residences are historically hard-to-count. The 2020 Census will also be the first all-digital count, adding new challenges of counting those who lack digital literacy and internet access. Additional concerns about the 2020 Census include insufficient and delayed funding, turnover of experienced leadership at the Census Bureau, and a climate of fear in immigrant communities, compounded by the possibility that the Census will include a citizenship question.
The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund 2020 will coordinate:
1. A learning community to educate about the importance of the Census. This will include convenings, workshops,and webinars for funders and nonprofits, and other members of the community to receive regular updates throughout the Census campaign and to promote their active involvement in the process.
2. A grantmaking process that will target support to community-based organizations with strong plans to overcome barriers to accurate counting in specific hard-to-count sectors. We will develop critical partnerships to ensure that the project reaches targeted hard-to-count communities. This includes working with foundations, nonprofits, and census representatives as well as local, state, and federal officials.
With sufficient resources to organize a broad coalition, we can have a significant impact that will carry our Commonwealth into the next decade.