*This program is hosted by our partner, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.*
On June 8, the Commerce Department (which oversees the Census Bureau) invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 census. The public has 60 days – until August 7 – to submit comments.
This is one of the few opportunities for philanthropy to make its case that the citizenship question should be removed from the census questionnaire. Regardless of whether public comments will move the Trump administration to reverse its decision, this establishes an important record for the public, Congress and the courts to consider.
Please note - Submitting comments is NOT considered lobbying. This means that private foundations can weigh in on this question, and that public charities, including community foundations, can do so without tracking and reporting it as lobbying on their 990s. For more information, please see this legal memo on advocacy and the census here and this Bolder Advocacy blog “Nonprofits and Foundations Can Advocate to Remove the Citizenship Question from Census 2020” here.
- Where the citizenship question stands now and how key national stakeholder organizations are organizing to oppose it
- How funders and Philanthropy Serving Organizations can sign-on to letters opposing the citizenship question and/or submit their own comments
- How funders can help inform their grantees about sign-on comment letters and other organizing opportunities for stakeholder groups
- Gary Bass, Executive Director, Bauman Foundation
- Maggie Osborn, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, United Philanthropy Forum
- Corrine Yu, Senior Counsel and Managing Policy Director, Leadership Conference Education Fund
- Keely Monroe (Moderator), Democracy Program Manager, Funders Census Initiative at FCCP
All FCCP briefings are intended as funder-only conversations and we want to respect the needs of our members by providing them this space. Please only register if you work at a foundation, a Philanthropy Serving Organization, or independently advise funders.
Registration is required by July 11th.
Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above. Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the webinar.
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In collaboration with
- Associated Grant Makers
- Bauman Foundation
- Chesapeake Bay Funders
- Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup
- Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues
- Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
- Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island
- Grantmakers in Health
- Hispanics in Philanthropy
- Minnesota Council of Foundations
- Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
- Philanthropy Northwest
- Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders