2020 Census Resources

As trusted messengers, nonprofit organizations can play a key role in ensuring a complete census count in 2020 in the communities they serve. Below is a list of resources for nonprofits to use in census outreach and education. Let’s make sure everyone in Massachusetts counts!

Train-the-Trainers Workshops

The MIRA Coalition is holding train-the-trainers workshops throughout Massachusetts for community leaders, organizational staff, and volunteers working on Census outreach. Participants will: learn and share about tools and resources to develop actionable steps for stronger awareness and outreach campaigns for a successful 2020 Census; be prepared to talk and connect with residents you serve; receive information to help with setting up outreach programs; and build connections between organizations to seed collaboration.

Register today for the following confirmed locations:

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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MassCounts is a grassroots coalition community-based organizations dedicated to ensuring a complete 2020 Census count in Massachusetts.

Grant Funding

  • Complete Count Grant Fund – The FY 2020 State Budget included $2.5 million for the statewide Complete Count Grant Program. Nonprofits will be eligible to apply through a competitive process for grants to support their education and outreach efforts. MNN will share more information on the Complete Count Grant Program as it becomes available

Census Counts

  • Get Out the Count Toolkit – contains information, ideas, and strategies nonprofits can use to partner effectively with local public officials, community leaders, and other organizations to get out the word about the 2020 Census.
  • Resource Library – searchable library of 2020 Census outreach and education, messaging, and digital organizing resources.

United States Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has multiple kinds of information kits and resources for nonprofits to use in outreach and education in hard-to-count communities. The Bureau is also seeking to hire trusted individuals to carry out Census efforts across the state.

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin is the official Census Liaison for Massachusetts. MNN sits on the statewide Complete Count Committee that is overseen by the Secretary’s office. The links below contain up-to-date information and resources from the Secretary’s office.

Massachusetts Census Equity Fund

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund is a statewide funding initiative working to increase participation in the 2020 Census, specifically in communities that are at risk of being under-counted. The Fund provides grants for grassroots organizations working toward creating an accurate and fair count, as well as a learning community for partners. MNN sits on the organizing committee of the Fund.

Boston Indicators and The Boston Foundation

 

For questions or for more information on how your nonprofit can engage with the 2020 Census, contact Fernando Martinez at fmartinez@massnonprofitnet.org.