2020 Census


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MNN is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that are working on the front lines to ensure a fair and accurate census count in 2020. As trusted messengers, nonprofits play a particularly important role in ensuring that everyone–particularly those from historically under-counted communities–participates in this foundational civic exercise, the results of which shape the future of the Commonwealth for the next 10 years.

Below is a list of resources for nonprofits to use in census outreach and education.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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Register here. The 2020 Census is upon is–and nonprofits are key players in ensuring a complete count in their communities. The first in a 3-part series, this free webinar on Tuesday, January 28 from 2:00-3:00 PM set the stage by covering the ‘nuts and bolts’ of what nonprofits need to know about the 2020 Census. Technical experts from the US Census Bureau and the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office will provide an overview of the Census questionnaire, response methods and timeline, resources available to nonprofit partners, and will answer frequently asked questions around the what, when, how of the 2020 Census. This webinar series is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and presented by MNN.

Comm Insights 2019 3rd ed social media-min The Census is Coming: How Nonprofits Can Make Sure That Everyone Counts–and Why They Should. This report is a practical how-to guide for nonprofits to prepare for a full 2020 Census count. It features a checklist with key dates and steps, case studies of three Massachusetts-based nonprofits, talking points, and a list of resources including public and philanthropic funding available to support outreach around the Census.


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.
More train-the-trainers workshops will be posted shortly. Check back later.

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

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.