The 2020 census is rapidly approaching, determining where government allocates tax dollars, resources for human services, the number of congressional seats that will prevail for the next 10 years, and more. A complete and accurate count demonstrates the best of our democracy and has the power to advance racial equity in our communities.
It is estimated that more than 55,000 individuals were undercounted in our region in 2010. With that many undercounted, the full picture of our communities and their needs cannot possibly be captured. For the 2020 census, as always, a complete and accurate count will be vital — particularly in underinvested communities of color:
The count has historically missed disproportionate numbers of people of color and immigrants, as well as young children, low-income, and rural households.
An undercount leads to under-representation in government and, thus, a lack of focus on and investment in the priorities and concerns of the undercounted.
Federal funding for social service programs that stand to benefit the undercounted could be drastically reduced.
Urgently needed businesses – like grocery stores – aren't opened in neighborhoods that need them because the data don't reflect the potential for sufficient demand.
The Meyer Foundation has partnered with several funders in the region seeking to support efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count in our region. Below, you'll find resources that may be helpful in your own census outreach and engagement.
On June 6, 2019, a regional movement to #CountDMVIn was launched at the forum, Interventions That Work: 2020 Census & Hard-to-Reach Communities. Check out the kickoff video featuring community leaders below:
Request for Proprosals | The 2020 Count DMV In Census Project at the Greater Washington Community Foundation
The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced a new grant opportunity: The 2020 Count DMV In Census Project
The 2020 Count DMV In Census Project seeks to support projects focused on 2020 census outreach including education, outreach, and indirect assistance focused on hard-to-count communities. Funding may be provided for activities, including, but not limited to:
- Public education and information activities
- Outreach and mobilization
- Indirect assistance to individuals and families completing the 2020 census form
- Communications and media work
- Partnerships with community and nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and local governments to conduct public education and outreach
To learn more about this funding opportunity, please contact Melen Hagos at the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
Additional Resources and Reading:
- Interventions That Work: A Resource Guide
In this resource guide, you'll find links to helpful information including, National Get-Out-The-Count (GOTC) Hubs, mapping tools, and more.
- Funders: Join Us to Ensure a Fair, Accurate, and Complete Census 2020 in the Greater Washington Region - The Daily WRAG, May 30, 2019
A call to action from WRAG 2020 Census Working Group co-chairs Dr. Terri D. Wright (Meyer Foundation), Levina Kim (United Way of the National Capital Area), and Ria Pugeda (Consumer Health Foundation).
- Keeping up the momentum to #CountDMVin - The Daily WRAG, July 15, 2019
How community-based organizations, funders, local businesses, and more can help raise awareness and spur action to ensure a complete census.