As the 2020 United States Census nears, The Foundation recognizes the urgent need for a fair and accurate count in our state. A complete count will protect individuals' and communities' political voices and protect the federal services, programs, and projects that Californians need. According to a recent projection by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, nearly 800,000 Californians could be missed in next year’s census. We are especially concerned with the groups that are at highest risk of an undercount, including residents of rural areas, immigrants, and young children.
Below you'll find information about the risk for an undercount, a list of organizations working to ensure a full count, and more information about the 2020 census.
- Many California residents live in areas that, based on demographic, socioeconomic, and housing characteristics, may be hard to count in the 2020 census. The California Census Office has created this interactive map that shows California census tracts and block groups shaded by their California Hard-to-Count Index.
- The following organizations are working to ensure a full and accurate count in 2020:
- The following resources provide useful context and background on the 2020 census:
At the Foundation, we are supporting multiple efforts to make sure that a fair and accurate 2020 census helps protect the health and well-being of all Californians. In 2018 and 2019, we have awarded over $2.2M in grants to help ensure a fair 2020 census:
- Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) - $50,000
- NALEO - $200,000
- The Center at Sierra Health Foundation - $276,000
- Partnership for America’s Children - $150,000
- GCIR - $100,000
- The Children’s Partnership - $100,000
- The Center at Sierra Health Foundation - $200,000
- NALEO - $200,000
The following grants were made to community foundations and included additional funds for non-census purposes:
- Community Foundation serving Inland Southern California - $150,000
- Sacramento Region CF - $100,000
- Ventura County CF - $100,000
- Latino Community Foundation - $100,000
The following grants support census education and outreach:
- San Diego Grantmakers - $250,000
- Charitable Ventures of Orange County - $150,000
- California Community Foundation Community Investment Fund (LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment) - $100,000