Why the Census matters for Philanthropy.

Philanthropy relies on data to understand where needs are, who is at risk, and which solutions offer the best success.

Whether we are funding micro-grants to entrepreneurs and community leaders, or major grants to CBOs, we need to understand who, where, and how.

How the Census matters for New York philanthropy.

Sources of Input for 2030 Census Planning and Execution

The League submitted comments to the Census Bureau in response to a request for public comment on how the Bureau can improve the 2030 Census. Comments focused on ending prison gerrymandering, ensuring accurate counting, creating more accessible digital census options, and collecting data that is inclusive of all communities- including revising the standards for federal data on race and ethnicity.

For the Love of Data: How Census Data Drives Decision-Making

A Webinar Hosted by the New York State Census Equity Fund. What will you learn? Innovative ways in which various entities have made use of recently released Census 2020 data to inform funders, advocates, community organizations, service providers, and businesses…and much, much more.

Lessons for Philanthropy From the 2020 Census

Not only did the pandemic make it unusually difficult to conduct a fair and accurate count but the political environment presented obstacles in ways that could have left out many people of color, children, people in tribal communities, immigrants, low-income families, and others who have historically been missed.

Key Resources for Philanthropy

While the full decennial count only happens every 10 years, the Census affects our lives and communities every day. Here are quick resources you can review and share as a reminder of just how important it is that we get a complete count in 2030 and that we respond to other US Census Bureau questionnaires.

How was New York impacted by the 2020 Census?

We’re still learning the ramifications of the 2020 Census count in New York state. We know that we lost political representation in the form of one seat in the US House of Representatives, when we could have reversed this trend by having just 89 more New York residents in our count. We know that in some populations, there were overcounts and in others there were undercounts. This means not all neighborhoods and New York residents are getting equitable funding. We know that we can do better in 2030. So, let’s start laying the groundwork now.

Congressional Seat Lost after the 2020 Census
Responses Away from Maintaining a 27th Congressional Seat
Federal Funding for New York Guided by the Census (as of FY 2016)
Est. Undercount of Latinx New Yorkers
Est. Undercount of Native American New Yorkers
Est. Undercount of Black New Yorkers

What you can do today to help ensure a complete count in 2030.

Spread the Word

You can take action now to help the people and organizations of New York State help you understand their needs through a better and more complete 2030 Census.

Stay Informed

The Census touches all things. Here are the latest updates for all New Yorkers to understand Census-related advocacy opportunities with your elected officials and other Census news.

Updated March 2023

All New Yorkers can make a difference in the 2030 Census starting now.

Join the New York Counts coalition today.

Our goal is to build a broad, diverse coaltion across all of New York State who can begin to form a groundswell of engagement in each and every community around the decennial Census to help ensure a complete count. Joining this coalition is as easy as signing up for updates today so that we can empower you for tomorrow.