The U.S. Constitution requires a fair and accurate count of every person living in the United States. The data collected determines federal funding for Georgia ($14 billion annually), our number of representatives in Congress, how state legislative and school districts lines are drawn, how businesses make decisions and so much more. Moreover, we know that philanthropy cannot make up the difference in an undercount.
That’s why the Community Foundation focused our 2019 Civic Engagement Fund grantmaking on the 2020 Census particularly on supporting “trusted voices” nonprofits that would strive to increase participation among hard-to-count communities who had low response rates in the 2010 census – African American men, immigrants and low-income families (children birth to 5) – in the greater Atlanta area.
We awarded $212,500 to 11 nonprofits, including these organizations:
- Cobb Collaborative to fund personnel, marketing and communications efforts in this network of 100 nonprofit, educational, faith, civic and for-profits – for network develop a Census tracking plan that will target populations
- DeKalb Library Foundation to support efforts at nine DeKalb County Public Libraries in hard-to-count communities with outreach sessions, technology and dedicated census stations and marketing materials/signage
- Georgia STAND-UP for a community education campaign in Clayton and Fulton counties
- Latin American Association to encourage low-income immigrant families in Hall and Walton counties to participate in the 2020 Census
- Los Ninos Primero to enable trained Latino parents to outreach to hard-to-count immigrant families in Fulton and Cherokee counties
- NAACP Atlanta to support outreach and participation in hard-to-count communities in the city of Atlanta/Fulton county
- New American Pathways to support the Refugees Count project to increase refugee and immigrant engagement in the 2020 Census
- The Arc Georgia to fund inclusive events and accessible literature to individuals with disabilities in hard-to-count communities
- Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative Inc. (WABE 90.1 FM) for reporting, online content and community event series
- Wake-Up Atlanta to support for season 3 of the web-series focused on 2020 Census to reach Asian Americans in Georgia
- Youth Empowered Solutions! to fund youth-led (adult-guided) census campaign focused on outreach in Southwest Atlanta
In all of its civic engagement and policy activity, the Community Foundation is nonpartisan and apolitical, serving as an information and engagement resource.