The 2020 Census is coming and it counts — in more ways than one.
The Census isn't just a population tally. State and local governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations, rely on Census data to allocate funding, define where services are delivered, and promote economic development. The information is valuable for health care, education, housing, transportation, and business. It helps determine congressional representation, political participation, and other fundamentals of community well-being and American democracy.
A full, fair count is crucial, but it isn't guaranteed.
The Census disproportionately misses people of color, young children, and the rural and urban poor. Our state and nation have too much at stake for the social sector to stay on the sidelines.
Come to the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Spring Conference and learn what philanthropies and their grantees can do to make sure New Jersey is counted.
National and state experts will share information and tools to meet the many challenges communities across the state will face to be counted. There are serious concerns about access to the Census, hard-to-count people, and potential funding cuts and changes in the process could hamper participation. Much needs to be understood; much needs to be done. The conference will raise and answer the most important questions so New Jersey's social sector builds the capacity to meet the once-in-a-decade obligation to engage at the deepest level.