2020 Census and American Community Survey - The Case is Clear

The count starts now. Is Minnesota ready?

Census Day is April 1, 2020. The time to get ready is now . . .

·  Keep the feds on track.

·  Get the conversation about the 2020 census underway.

·  Fund the state demographer’s office’s “tech prep” for the 2020 census.

·  Develop a Minnesota-specific communication and mobilization plan.

·  State and private funding to support community outreach and mobilization.


Why it Matters . . .

It’s in the Constitution

  Decennial census is required for apportionment and allocation of federal resources.

  It’s our nation’s largest mobilization other than going to war.

  We should do it right to ensure the results are fair, accurate and reliable.


Power to the People

 Every voice counts equally when it comes to the census.

 The census provides the foundation for sharing power in our democracy.

 Minnesota kept eight Congressional seats in 2011 because of a quality count.



Resources to Close Disparity Gaps

 Guides allocation of public resources to close disparities in households and communities.

 Federal dollars to state dollars to local dollars are allocated based upon the census.

 Minnesota loses approximately $15,000 in federal resources for a ten year period for every person missed in the count.

 Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds.  Report #1.  Report #2.


Making “Small d” Democracy Work

Vital information to make smart community decisions and to measure their impact comes from the census and the American Community Survey. 

From Minnesota COMPASS to regional community development groups, the census/ACS provides the foundation for community decision-making.



Supporting Minnesota's Economic Growth

From Target to Main Street, Minnesota businesses rely upon the census/ACS to make decisions that drive the Minnesota economy and create jobs.




MCF's Policy Commitment to the Census and ACS

MCF aims to create a more prosperous, inclusive and equitable Minnesota by strengthening democratic systems and civic engagement, including promoting full participation in the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey. The Census is essential. It is key to ensuring fair representation and allocation of resources, and access to complete and reliable data to support community engagement, planning and economic development.

  • MCF provides ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP for federal and state policies and funding for the Census and American Community Survey (ACS), and to develop and implement a Minnesota-specific plan to engage grantmakers and community partners in mobilizaing to achieve the goal of  full participation in 2020 Census and subsequent ACS.
  • MCF is ORGANIZING the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership. The Partnership is a network of groups and individuals working together to advocate for policies and resources to prmote full participation in the 2020 Census and ACS. Become a member of the Partnership.
  • We are paying attention to the TECH PREP needed to get Minnesota ready for the 2020 Census. The Partnership works along with the Minnesota State Demographic Center and the U.S. Census Bureau - Midwest Region to ensure that all Minnesota communities are ready to mobilize for the 2020 Census. We advocate for state funding to support the technical preparations essential to maximizing the opportunities for all Minnesotans to participate in the 2020 Census and to maximize the impact of Minnesota's Census organizing and mobilization.
  • We are creating a MINNESOTA-SPECIFIC COMMUNICATION AND MOBILIZATION PLAN. The Partnership links grantmakers and partners from throughout the state who share an interest in a successful 2020 Census and the ACS and want to help create our communication and mobilization plan. A complement to the Census Bureau's national efforts, the Minnesota plan will identify communities least likely to participate in the census, and propose messages and outreach strategies likely to help overcome barriers, uncertainties, or fears that may discourage responding to the census or ACS.
  • MOBILIZING with our sights on April 1, 2020 -- Census Day -- and to fully engage all Minnesotans in the 2020 Census and ACS. 


The Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership is convened by Minnesota Council on Foundations, MACS2020 and Common Cause Minnesota.


Contact us by email or by phone at 612.338.1989.

MCF's work on the Census and ACS is supported by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.

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