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2020 Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership

A summary of our leadership in the 2020 Census.

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Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership

The Partnership is a cross-sector collaboration of organizations and individuals working together to advocate for policies and resources and to engage Minnesotans to achieve the goal of fully inclusive, honest and accurate 2020 Census count in Minnesota.

View our impact report and communications plan for the 2020 Census. To download our full list of resources such as our relational organizing toolkit, please visit the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership site.

Powerful Action Tools

Reaching Historically Undercounted Communities
Minnesota had the second highest initial response rate in the country for the 2010 Census. Most Minnesotans did their duty and quickly filled out their Census forms. But, the response rate was not the same throughout the state.

To reach our goal of a fully inclusive and accurate Count in 2020, we need to know how to reach those who may be less likely to participate in the Census. Learn about who may be historically undercounted by state, Congressional district, tribal community, legislative district, county or locality using the Census Hard to Count Map. The Minnesota Census 2020 Communication & Mobilization Plan is a tool for groups working to engage Minnesotans in the 2020 Census, and particularly those Minnesotans who are historically undercounted. 

The Census Means Dollars
$900 billion is distributed through federal programs based upon Census data. The Counting for Dollars 2020 Project looks at the connection between the accuracy of the Decennial Census and the geographic distribution of funds. Counting for dollars has issued two reports. The first is an analysis of 55 Census-guided Financial Assistance Programs and projects the per person cost of undercounting. In Minnesota, that's $2,796 per person per year (or nearly $28,000 for the decade!). The second report documents the actual dollars gained by some states and lost by other due to undercounting. Due the accuracy of Minnesota's 2010 count, the report makes some pretty favorable projections for Minnesota.

The Census Means Fair Representation
Just as in 2010, Minnesota is close to losing a congressional seat depending upon the outcome of the 2020 Census count. Read the most recent projection by Election Data Services about Minnesota's prospects for retaining eight congressional districts and see what a difference a full count in 2020 can make. Beyond Congressional representation, the census count also has implications for state legislative districts and representation (MinnPost).


  • The Case for the Census.  Learn about MCF's public policy position in support of the Census/ACS.
  • Legislative Action.  The Partnership has advocated at both the federal and state levels to support policies and to secure essential funding. Join the Partnership to keep tabs on where things stand in Washington, DC and in Saint Paul
  • Community Action. If you just want to get information to stay in the loop or if you want to have a seat at the table to help plan our efforts, joining the Partnership is the step to take.
  • Resources. Useful resources to help you understand what's happening with the Census/ACS; all in one place.

The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership is convened by Minnesota Council on Foundations, MACS2020Common Cause MinnesotaMinnesota Council of NonprofitsVoices for Racial JusticesAsian American Organizing Project, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the League of Women Voters Minnesota, the Minnesota State Demographic Center, and Blandin Foundation.

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Learn More

To learn more contact May Yang, Public Policy Manager.