Forum’s Census Project shines light on why an accurate count matters to philanthropy

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is spearheading a two-year project to engage regional funders in ensuring a more thorough and accurate census count in 2020, with funding provided by the Joyce Foundation. To introduce the work, the Forum and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation will co-host a discussion on February 27 at 11:00 AM, about why philanthropy should care about the census and how the success or failure of this important civic engagement project will impact grantmaking and the communities that continue to be at risk.

Making the Case for Philanthropy

It is difficult to overstate the importance of a fair census count. When census information is not accurate, it threatens to muffle the voices of undercounted groups and regions, and undermine the basic political equality that is central to our democracy. Institutions across the country, including local and state governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations, routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development.

The Forum’s Census 2020 project has three main objectives:

  1. to educate regional philanthropy associations on the importance of the 2020 census and the role for their grantmaking members
  2. to mobilize regional funders to advocate for policy improvements for the 2020 census
  3. to Increase Funding Support for the 2020 census among regional funders.

Learn more about the Forum’s work on the 2020 Census by visiting

Join the webinar on February 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM by registering online