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Massachusetts Census Equity Fund 2020

Massachusetts Census Equity Fund (MCEF) 2020 

Recent News: 

April 3, 2019 - MCEF awards over $500,000 to 45 organizations across the state to conduct direct outreach and raise public awareness about the 2020 Census. View Spring 2019 Grant Recipients 

April 1, 2019 - Today marks the one year countdown to the 2020 Census. The decennial Census is one of the most important activities that we undertake collectively as a country. Census data is essential to determining allocation of federal funds and political representation at the federal, state, and local level.  Philanthropy Massachusetts is proud to play a role in the Mass Census Equity Fund, a donor collaborative that is supporting efforts to ensure a complete count. We’d like to share with you ways that you too can contribute to a complete count in 2020:

  1. Conduct direct outreach and raise public awareness. Leverage the communications channels and public spaces you already manage to message the importance of Census participation. Please visit https://www.masscensusequity.org/for outreach materials and post to social media using the hashtag #MassCounts to add your organization’s voice to a growing movement.
  2. Connect with Complete Count Committees. Complete Count Committees are established by local governments and community leaders to organize local and regional efforts. Find your nearest committee by checking with the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Census Division https://www.sec.state.ma.us/census2020.
  3. Contact your legislators. Policymakers on Beacon Hill will be considering ways to support statewide outreach efforts. Please contact your state elected officials and urge them to support a state-level appropriation to ensure a complete count in 2020.
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MCEF 2020 OVERVIEW: 

The decennial census is a nonpartisan exercise and a cornerstone of our democracy.  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 levels. The 2020 Census will have a wide-ranging and long-term impact on the future of our Commonwealth.

Resources

Massachusetts Funder Committee for the 2020 Census
Access Strategies Fund
The Boston Foundation
Episcopal City Mission
The Hyams Foundation
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Massachusetts Voter Table
Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation​
Philanthropy Massachusetts

To get involved or for more information, contact Alexie Torres, Executive Director of Access Strategies Fund and Chair of the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund

133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.426.2606
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