An accurate, fair and reliable count makes all the difference.
Proposed changes to collect the majority of census responses online and financial constraints increase the potential of undercounting many, including young children, minorities, low-income individuals and other marginalized individuals. In Michigan, urban areas with high economic stress and rural areas with high levels of poverty will be most at risk for an undercount.
That's why, in partnership with The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (Forum) and regional funders across the nation, we are engaging in an initiative toward in a more fair and accurate census count in 2020.
Michigan needs an accurate, fair and reliable count to:
- Maintain a fair, proportionate representation in Congress.
- Secure adequate federal funding for education, health care, housing, food and income security and rural access to broadband.
- Help community and business leaders plan to address emerging social services, business and infrastructure needs.
Foundations rely on census data to:
- Identify community needs and demographic trends that inform long-term plans and grants
- Measure impact, which drives many investment decisions at foundations
- Share the stories of community impact from foundations and their partners
How You Can Participate:
- - See quick facts about Michigan from the 2010 Census.
- - View the 2020 Census Hard-to-Count digital map to see what parts of the state are at highest risk for undercount.
- - Learn how federal funding is tied to Census counts and see what that means for Michigan.
- - Review Key 2020 Census Milestones to begin creating your action plan.
Learn From Others
- - Connect with grantmakers working toward a fair and accurate 2020 Census count.
- - Follow The Census Project blog for important commentary on current 2020 Census and ACS policy and operational issues.
- - Discover funding ideas implemented by foundations across the country in the 2010 Census, and see grants made in the Midwest
- - Read how the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is mobilizing nonprofits to encourage participation in the 2020 census.
Join us in calling on members of Michigan's congressional delegation to ensure an accurate, reliable and fair count of Americans, specifically asking that they:
- - Fully fund Census 2020 to ensure a robust, transparent planning process, especially related to the move to a digital methodology and the 2018 dress rehearsal (End-to-End Test)
- - Fully fund Census 2020 implementation that results in an accurate count, including those in hard to reach populations.
- - Resist efforts to weaken the American Community Survey (ACS), the only source of reliable, high quality and timely community-level data.
- - Resist efforts to add questions about citizenship and status to the form.
- - Ensure the privacy, appropriate use and the security of census data.