2020 Census

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Support from Comcast NBCUniversal of is in recognition of Comcast’s commitment to the communities where its customers and employees live and work. Comcast is a year-round partner of MNN.

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.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Out of concern for the safety of communities and Census Bureau staff, the response deadline has been moved to October 31, 2020. The Bureau also announced several other adaptations to its operational timeline.

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

MNN partnered with Comcast NBCUniversal to offer three free webinars and a toolkit for nonprofits to help them get out the 2020 Census count in their communities:

Webinar recording

  • Click here for a recording of the first webinar, “Setting the Stage: Preparing for the 2020 Census.”
  • Click here for a recording of the second webinar, “Getting to Work: Tangible Action Steps to Ensure a Complete Census Count.”
  • Click here for a recording of the third webinar, “Getting Out the Count: Tailoring Your Support Efforts to Specific Communities.”

Free digital toolkit

Click here for a free, downloadable digital toolkit for nonprofits to get out the count in their communities.

Statewide Complete Count Committee

The Massachusetts Statewide Complete Count Committee, of which MNN is a member, has resources for nonprofits to conduct outreach about the 2020 Census. These resources have been adjusted to reflect a shift in strategy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MassCounts

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.