July 15 2019

Los Angeles, CA – In September 2018, the California Endowment (TCE) pledged $10 million to support a fair and accurate count of Californians most likely to be left out during the 2020 Census. The Endowment is making good on this commitment by funding various organizations throughout the state leading the ground outreach to educate and mobilize California’s hardest to count populations, including immigrant, Latino, African American, Asian Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ+, among others.

Public health officials, practitioners and advocates, including The Endowment and its grantees, all rely on accurate census data to better understand the distribution of health conditions and diseases across California. Accurate census data helps track and monitor health trends over time. Also, census data is used to determine how to allocate federal funds to build schools, map transportation plans, and support health and human services programs for the most vulnerable populations.

For the first time, the census will be administered online, creating major concerns for communities without broadband access or who have concerns about confidentiality.  Grant funds are being directed to prepare and mobilize census outreach efforts that provide accurate information and motivate participation among people who have low trust in government operations, including those who feel threatened in the current political climate.

In partnership with our census grantees across the state, The California Endowment has developed an integrated communications and outreach campaign to amplify messages from ground mobilizations and in support of a unified effort to promote the census. The Endowment also participates in a statewide funder’s initiative where more than 30 philanthropic organizations are coordinating efforts for a fair and accurate count.

While the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Census Bureau from including a citizenship question and the Commerce Department announced the Census would be printed without the question, recent statements by the Administration announcing its continued pursuit of the question are deeply concerning. Nevertheless, TCE remains resolute and tenacious in seeing that every person regardless of immigration status is seen, counted, and valued.

“To our brothers and sisters regardless of legal status: you contribute to the social, civic and economic well-being of our nation; you matter; and you belong.  As the 2020 Census draws near, you must and will be counted.”

“Ultimately, as we know from recent court filings and news reports, the addition of the citizenship question was not incidental. Nor did it arise from a deep concern for the civil or voting rights of the disenfranchised. Rather, the evidence reported implies a much larger strategy of targeted disempowerment of people of color by the Administration, particularly of the growing Latino population, as it continues to push its harmful and disingenuous attack on immigrants,” said Robert K. Ross, MD, President and CEO of The California Endowment. “We are proud to stand with our grant partners who work tirelessly to ensure everyone matters and everyone counts.”

Partial List of Census Grants:

 

Advancement Project: To increase awareness of and promote collaboration among California community-based organizations of the 2020 Census and the community health impacts of a fair and accurate count for Californians.

 

California Calls Education Fund: To support grassroots organizations in California to integrate civic engagement components, particularly 2020 Census outreach, into their non-lobbying advocacy and community organizing programs that promote health equity. Includes support for the California Black Census & Redistricting Hub.

 

California Community Foundation: To support 2020 census coordination and outreach toward a complete count in Los Angeles County.

 

Charitable Ventures of Orange County: To support coordination among funders and key stakeholders with the shared purpose of promoting health equity through reaching an accurate census count in Orange County.

 

The Community Foundation: To support regional 2020 census coordination, preparation and implementation efforts to achieve a complete and accurate count of hard-to-count populations in the Inland Empire region to improve and enhance health outcomes for marginalized and underserved communities.

 

Fairbanks, Maslin, Maulin and Metz: To identify effective messages, document barriers, and test delivery methods to increase awareness of and promote participation in the 2020 census.

 

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees: To educate, engage and encourage philanthropic organizations to improve the health of immigrants and refugees statewide in California through support addressing critical health-related issues including an accurate 2020 Census count for fair distribution of health services and resources.

 

National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Education Fund: To support organizational capacity to improve health equity by empowering Latinx communities throughout California to be civically engaged and active participants in democracy.

 

Northern California Grantmakers/ Philanthropy CA: To enhance coordination among regional associations and funders to promote health equity in California through Census 2020.

 

Sierra Health Foundation: To improve 2020 Census efforts through cross-sector and cross-regional coordination and outreach in the San Joaquin Valley.

 

United Way of San Diego County: To support regional 2020 census coordination, preparation and implementation efforts to achieve a complete and accurate count of hard-to-count populations in San Diego and Imperial counties to improve and enhance health outcomes for marginalized and underserved communities.

 

University of Southern California: To increase coordination among faith-based organizations and other stakeholders with the regional census table to lead a successful and complete 2020 census count in South Los Angeles.

 

The Community Foundation: To support coordination among funders, systems leaders, nonprofits, business leaders and other relevant stakeholders with the statewide census tables to lead a successful and complete census count in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

 

Univision: To provide early education to Spanish speaking community in the Central Valley on Census 2020.

 

Hmong Radio: To provide early education to the Hmong speaking community in the Central Valley on Census 2020.

 

Bakersfield Observer: To provide early education to the African American community in the Central Valley on Census 2020.

 

Central Valley Voice: To provide early education to the African American community in the Central Valley on Census 2020.

 

California Center for Rural Policy @ Humboldt State University*: To ensure equitable representation and resources allocation for historically underserved communities (Hard to Count) for Census 2020 in Del Norte County.

 

East Bay Community Foundation*: To ensure equitable representation and resources allocation for historically underserved communities (Hard to Count) for Census 2020 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

 

Advancement Project*: To ensure equitable representation and resources allocation for historically underserved communities (Hard to Count) for Census 2020 in Los Angeles County.

 

Ventura County Community Foundation*: To ensure equitable representation and resources allocation for historically underserved communities (Hard to Count) for Census 2020 in Ventura County.

 

Sacramento Community Regional Foundation*: To ensure equitable representation and resource allocation for health-related purposes through support of a complete census count in Sacramento, especially in historically underserved communities.

 

Charitable Ventures of Orange County*: To ensure equitable representation and resources allocation for historically underserved communities (Hard to Count) for Census 2020 in Orange County.

 

NILC (National Immigration Law Center): To educate and ensure that Census 2020 is a complete count of all.

 

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund): To educate and ensure that Census 2020 is a complete count of all.

 

*In process of being approved

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