The 2020 Census
A Fair and Accurate Count
The Minneapolis Foundation announces a call for proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking grants for efforts to help Minnesota achieve a fair and accurate count during the 2020 Census.
Why does the Census matter?
The United States Constitution mandates a count every ten years of every person residing in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas. Every person counts, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or citizenship status.
The Census is an equalizer and thus one of the most important democratic activities of our society. The headcount is used to determine how federal funds are disbursed to states, local governments, and families. It also determines political representation at the national, state, and local levels. While an accurate count is the responsibility of the government, historically the Census has missed disproportionate numbers of young children, immigrants, racial groups and ethnicities, and low-income people. Inaccurate counts lead to inequalities in political power and public and private investments that negatively impact our entire state, especially families from undercounted populations.
The 2020 Census presents unprecedented challenges to achieving an accurate count. These include insufficient funding appropriated by Congress, which resulted in canceled testing and scaled-back preparations; a leadership void at the Census Bureau during the critical planning years of 2017 and 2018; the digital divide, which is more problematic than ever as the first high-tech online census is being rolled out; and an increase in community reluctance and fear of sharing information with the government.