Countdown to Census 2020: What's at Stake for Philanthropy and Colorado

Monday, May 14, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

The once-every-decade population count is used to determine how state and federal dollars are distributed, to draw district maps for state and local elections, to influence business decisions such as where to invest or open new stores, and to divvy up congressional seats and electoral votes. Indeed, Colorado stands to gain at least one extra seat in the U.S. Congress depending on how the 2020 Census plays out. 

But several factors could lead to an undercounting of Coloradans in both urban and rural parts of the state. And even relatively small inaccuracies can shift funding away from areas that need it most, while also negatively affecting nonprofits who rely on census information for their grant proposals. A fair and accurate census count affects all of philanthropy and the various causes it supports.

In this non-partisan program for members of Colorado Association of Funders, you'll hear from experts about the issues surrounding the upcoming 2020 Census and its implications for our state. The session will begin with an overview by nationally recognized census expert Terri Ann Lowenthal. A panel of Denver-based experts will offer more insights and answer questions about the potential ramifications for your work. Additional speakers include:

  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Executive Director, Together We Count
  • Patrick Potyondy, Legislative Policy Specialist and Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Wendy Underhill, Program Director--Elections and Redistricting, National Conference of State Legislatures 

The program will conclude with resources for funders provided by Maggie Osborn of United Philanthropy Forum.

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