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Philanthropy’s Response to the Addition of a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

July 12, 2018 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Cosponsored with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Associated Grant Makers, Bauman Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Funders, Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup, Forefront, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Minnesota Council of Foundations, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy New York, Philanthropy Northwest, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders, and United Philanthropy Forum

On June 8, the Commerce Department (which oversees the Census Bureau) invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 census. The public has 60 days–until August 7–to submit comments. This is one of the few opportunities for philanthropy to respond to the proposed addition of a citizenship question the census questionnaire. Regardless of the outcome, these public comments will establish an important record for the public, Congress, and the courts to consider. During this webinar, funders learned about: 

  • where the proposed citizenship question stands now and how key national stakeholder organizations are organizing to respond to it,
  • how funders and Philanthropy Serving Organizations can sign-on to letters regarding the citizenship question and submit their own comments, and
  • how funders can help inform their grantees about sign-on comment letters and other organizing opportunities for stakeholder groups.

Speakers included Gary Bass of the Bauman Foundation, Maggie Osborn of United Philanthropy Forum, and Corrine Yu of the Leadership Conference Education Fund.



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