Delaware Census 2020

The census doesn’t end when the counting stops. 2020 Census work is ongoing and 2030 planning is well underway. If we want the Census Bureau to better center equity in the development of policies and operations, we must leverage philanthropy’s collective voice throughout the decade. If we want the Bureau to better center historically undercounted communities in the development of policies and operations, we must support and resource our practitioner partners well in advance of these decisions.

For these reasons, Funders Census Initiative (FCI) developed: A Blueprint for Philanthropic Census Engagement. This resource includes Census Bureau milestones and concrete examples of ways funders can engage and invest in census work throughout the decade. Click here to read more.

Why is Census 2020 Important to All

If you don’t think census pertains to you...think again!

The census is one of the foundations for the American democracy. The U.S. Constitution requires a decennial census of the population. Almost all countries in the world do a census. In India, the census includes photos and fingerprints of everyone over 15. Could you imagine all that work? But why does census matter? Census data is used in ways you may not realize, it is critical to communities not just in Delaware, but everywhere. Census data is used to determine local needs for roads, schools, rural development, veteran’s services, employment, child-care, senior centers, housing, environment, incarceration, healthcare and more. The numbers and demographics calculated in the census determine federal dollars allocated to states from all national programs for 10 years (until the next census is done). There is strength in having accurate numbers. The more people counted means more money and power for Delaware. The dollars for Delaware can be up to $2,200 per Delawarean not counted. The loss of funding grows exponentially as we consider Delaware had an undercount of one percent of the state in 2010, then suddenly we are at 14 million dollars a year for 10 years. But even beyond that; historically, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of racial minorities, immigrants, young children and those living in poverty – “hard-to-count populations” – leading to inequality in political power, government funding and private-sector investment for these communities. There is even more. Census determines equal political representation; informs fair allocation of public, private, and nonprofit resources; informs policy debates and decision-making; guides foundation strategies, investments, and evaluations; measures socio-economic conditions. The business community uses census data to consider moving to an area, expanding locations and whether to hire more people. Social Security used census data to determine what they will need in money to support the aging population and at what age will they consider eligibility. Those of us born 1960 or after are very aware of this!! The 1980 census data was used in 1983 by Congress as part of law designed to strengthened Social Security's finances. Major technology changes in the 2020 census, it will be the very first census that can be completed online. Even more census 2020 will use of satellite imagery to locate new homes and identify those that no longer exist. We have come a long way since the 1950 census which was the first to use technology, due an invention of ENIAC (a room size computer) developed at the University of PA in 1946. The nonprofit sector uses census data to determine needs, provide services, and measure success. It is critical for the work from hunger to arts. The financial stability of many programs that provide services we all use rely on the resources that are determined by census. The use of census seems endless and aggregate statistics are public information. That being said, by Federal law Protected Personal Information from census cannot be shared with immigration, law enforcement agencies, or used it to determine eligibility for programs. As said by Benjamin Franklin in 1789 “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”.. I would add to that an accurate accounting of not just the U.S. population, but the world population is a necessity. We all have a stake in an accurate count! Count yourself in Delaware and support the community outreach; so Delaware does not leave 1.4 billion dollars on the table again. 

Cynthia Pritchard, former President and CEO Philanthropy Delaware

Resources and Tools

Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are CountedCensus Bureau also announces updates to special operations, assistance program and early nonresponse followup.

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Census Funders & Grantees (May 2020) - Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation - This report highlights survey findings developed by the Census Subgroup and Funders Census Initiative that was distributed to their funder networks to capture and understand how philanthropic institutions and the organizations they support were adjusting their work in response to the pandemic.

Print Materials

Special Populations

States Ranked by % of Disabled Population

Why The Census Matters For People With Disabilities

Counting People Experiencing Homelessness

Fact Sheet for People Experience Homelessness

Fact Sheet for Immigrants

African American 

Mobilizing The Urban League Movement For An Accurate 2020 Census Count

Will You Count? African Americans In The 2020 Census

African Americans in to 2020 Census

Fact Sheet

Half Sheet Hand Out


Debunking the Myths about the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census Form

Censo 2020 Español

Will You Count? Latinos in The 2020 Census

El Censo del 2020 y la confidencialidad

Hazme Contar Fact Sheet

Hand Out en Español

Census Poster

Asian American

Why the Census Matters for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities 

Count Us In 2020

FAQ on Data Disaggregation and Asian Americans

Asian Americans and NHPIs Count in the 2020 Decennial Census

Hand Out for NHPI

Census Poster

Middle Eastern American

Arab American Research and Messaging Presentation 

Middle Eastern and Northern African Americans Count in the 2020 Census

Fact Sheet- English

ورقة حقائق التعداد

Native American

Will You Count? American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 2020 Census

Native Americans and Alaskan Natives Count in the 2020 Census

Fact Sheet

2020 Snapshot

Young Children

Webinar: Census 101 And the Young Child Undercount

Partnership For America's Children 

Will Your Kids Count? Young Children and Their Families In The 2020 Census

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

Statistics in Schools and in the 2020 Census

Educator Flyer

Student Flyer- English

Student Flyer- Español


Delaware Business Toolkit

How Any Company Can Benefit From The Census

Economic Census: Uses And Data

Business Uses Of Census Data

The Business Case For An Accurate 2020 Census

Why Your Company Should Become a 2020 Census Official Partner


      Census Action Kit for Nonprofits (Washington Nonprofits)

      Census Timeline and Checklist (Florida Nonprofit Alliance)

      What Community Groups Need to Know (English)    (Spanish

      Community Outreach Toolkit

      2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide 



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