It's time to start planning for the 2020 Census! This is the opportunity every 10 years to fully count New Hampshire's population and support the fair and accurate distribution of federal resources to the states. 

 

Why is this Important to NH's Nonprofits?

The results of the U.S. 2020 Census will influence individuals, communities, governments, for-profit entities, and nonprofit organizations throughout the next decade. Data obtained will inform decision makers in all sectors and lead to allocation of congressional representation and financial resources. If the data are wrong, there will be inequitable distribution of resources for basic community needs, including:

  • Education
  • Food and income security
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Transportation

The allocation of $600 billion in federal funds hinges annually on the Census, including funding for state and local governments, as well as for nonprofits to deliver services to individuals and communities. Key programs that receive funding specifically from federal grants include:

  • National School Lunch program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
  • Head Start/Early Head Start.

Annually, NH receives about $3.7 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the last Census. Learn more about what was funded here.

What Nonprofits Can Do Now?

Nonprofits are encouraged to engage and help ensure a fair, accurate, and complete count, particularly in hard-to-count areas. Several ways to engage on the issue include:

  • Convene and educate community leaders and other stakeholders, including the media, about the Census.
  • Identify and partner with organizations and community stakeholders that are already connected to hard-to-count communities and have built strong relationships and trust.
  • Advocate to federal, state, and local lawmakers for funding to support census outreach efforts.
  • Work with state, county, tribal, and local government leaders to create and engage in Complete Count Committees.
  • Connect to national hubs that are providing resources to learn more about and engage in census advocacy.
  • Visit the Census Outreach Materials page for a wide array of tools and promotional materials to help raise awareness.

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