The 2020 Census: How can we ensure it helps – not harms – Georgians and nonprofits for the next decade?
Do you think the mission of your organization, the work of your colleagues and partners, and the lives of Georgians rely on the fairness and accuracy of our government’s budgets, facts and data, or representation? If you answered “yes,” you already care about the 2020 Census.
The Sapelo Foundation, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation invite you to an important event for nonprofits, where we’ll discuss how the non-partisan and constitutionally required 2020 Census may help (or harm) Georgians over the next decade.
Terri Ann Lowenthal, a national Census expert, will join a panel of Georgia’s nonprofit leaders to share historical context, data and stories illustrating how the Census affects Georgians, and a toolkit that foundations and nonprofits can use immediately to help ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
Those most interested can even attend a follow-up meeting to coordinate efforts as 2020 approaches.
Still not convinced? Consider the following points, alongside the fact that we have time to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census:
- Budgets. The 2010 Census is principally responsible for the $13.7 billion Georgia receives annually from the federal government. Imagine if the 2020 Census was inaccurate by just 10 percent, triggering a loss of $1.37 billion annually. What would that mean for hospitals, schools, businesses, law enforcement, food banks, infrastructure, and any nonprofit program that directly or indirectly receives federal funds? Philanthropy and private dollars cannot possibly replace that funding.
- Facts and Data. With all the reports, pieces of legislation, and decisions that will be made from 2020-2030 based in Census data, imagine what an inaccurate count of any population in Georgia could do. What would that mean for school zoning, employment statistics, utility maps, strategic plans, college graduation rates, food production, services, and more? There is no amount of philanthropy or private dollars that could fix a collection of incorrect data after-the-fact.
- Representation. The 2010 Census demonstrated that the South has the fastest-growing population of any region in the country. In 2020 (or 2030), Georgia may be due for more local, state, and national representatives; in addition, those representatives must understand the makeup and needs of their constituents. Imagine that an inaccurate count led to underrepresentation of vulnerable Georgians. What would that mean for children, the elderly, the homeless, and others, especially in our most urban or most rural counties? Loss of representation cannot be solved by philanthropic giving or nonprofit services.
These possibilities are troubling, but again: We have the time, and the methods, to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census.
Terri Ann Lowenthal
National Census Expert & Census Consultant
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
Georgia Food Bank Association
VP of Social Services and Advocacy
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
Southern Partners Fund
Thursday, March 8, 2018
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Community Foundation for
191 Peachtree St NW #1000
Atlanta, GA 30303
This special event is complimentary to executive leadership, advocacy staff, and board members of Georgia nonprofits.
Contact the GCN team at [email protected] or 678-916-3080.