Wednesday, September 17, 2014
GFNY becomes 2010 Census Partner.
Grantmakers Forum has signed on as a partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to promote the 2010 Census in Upstate NY. Why does this matter?
Allowing anyone not counted means leaving money and power on the table. Full representation means more power for the nonprofit sector in our communities.
What does the partnership mean? GFNY helps and supports grantmakers to promote individual response to the Census questionnaires. Share these messages with their grantees about the importance of the census in influencing future government funding, and to encourage their constituents to fill out the census forms.
How is funding allocated?
of $400 billion annually in federal program funds,
is based in whole or in part on Census Bureau data*
More than half (roughly $230 billion) is allocated for Dept. of Health and Human Services programs
Substance Abuse block grants ($1.6B);
Nutrition Services for the elderly ($565M);
Maternal & Child Health Services ($529M);
Community Mental Health Services ($401M)
Who is at risk of being uncounted:
People of color
Low income populations/renters
Highly mobile people
Immigrants and people with limited English proficiency
People living in complex households
Adults without a high school diploma
Increasing diversity of population and growth in immigrant population
Post-9/11 and “Internet age” concerns about data confidentiality
Displacement related to economic downturn
Changes to 2010 census plan late in the process
Lack of complete testing of key systems and operations
Leadership vacuum at critical time
Nonprofits can help:
ACCESS: To hard to count communities
TRUST: Nonprofits are trusted messengers
CULTURAL COMPETENCY: Highest response when people approached by people of similar cultural backgrounds in a culturally appropriate way
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