United Philanthropy Forum applauds and celebrates the news that the 2020 Census will NOT include a question about citizenship. This is a victory for everyone who has been fighting for a fair and accurate census count—as required by the U.S. Constitution. It is a victory for democracy and a victory for all Americans.
This achievement exemplifies the power of the Forum network to effect change in public policy that aligns with our missions and visions. The Forum and many of our members have been working since 2016 to engage philanthropy in ensuring a fair and accurate census count and have been working since March 2018 to fight the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
The Forum thanks all of our members who signed a letter last August to oppose the citizenship question, who helped get more than 300 foundations to sign a similar letter, and who joined the Forum in April in signing an amicus brief to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the lower courts’ rulings on the citizenship question – all unprecedented moves for philanthropy and PSOs. Many thanks to all of our members who informed and/or activated their members about this issue, who held briefings and conference sessions on the census, and so much more. We are also grateful to the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, a Forum member, who is an invaluable partner with us in engaging philanthropy in the 2020 Census.
We should take a moment to appreciate the impact of our collective work –together we can make a difference.
Our work on this issue is not over. Many communities still feel fear, mistrust, and confusion about the census. United Philanthropy Forum remains firmly committed to a fair and accurate count, with a strong focus on historically undercounted communities. The Forum and our network will continue to mobilize, alongside our partners, to ensure that every person is counted in the 2020 Census.