Past 2020 Census Events
The legislation currently being debated in Washington, DC and Sacramento could result in significant changes for the philanthropy sector and our communities.
Building on the success of last year's Conference, we are once again partnering with the California Budget & Policy Center, which engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians. At this event, we will come together to take an in-depth look at the latest policy analysis and research and to prepare for and address key issues impacting our work. This year's conference will have a special focus on the 2020 Census, supporting full federal and state funding for a fair and accurate count, as well as higher education policy changes.
On March 26, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, in response to a request from the Department of Justice. The Secretary noted that he received more than 50 letters on the subject and he interviewed more than two dozen people. That included a letter from roughly 120 foundations opposing the addition of the citizenship question.
To understand what happened, the implications of adding the question and to begin a discussion about how to respond to the new question, there will be an emergency briefing broadcast via the web for funders.
Please join NCG for our first regional working group meeting related to the 2020 Census. Many sectors from philanthropy to government are mobilizing to ensure a fair and accurate Census count.
For our first meeting, we will get updates on Census policy as well as philanthropic activity in our area. We will also spend time working to define success, tackle challenges, and identify next steps for regional level work. This will be a great opportunity to connect with other foundations to learn about what plans are in the works for 2018 and 2019.
Northern California Grantmakers and its members join other regional and national grantmaking associations across the country to ensure policymakers in Washington, DC understand the landscapes of the communities we serve.
With our partners from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Northern California Grantmakers will be co-hosting the first Census planning meeting of 2018 for California. Planning for the Census is well-underway at the national and state levels, so please join us to learn the latest developments and to join others interested in ensuring a fair and accurate count in 2020.