The census count has consequences we will live with for the next decade, if not longer. Michigan stands to lose an estimated $1,800 per person per year, equating to about $18,000 per person over the decade, in federal support for programs that use census data. These include Medicaid, nutrition assistance, highway construction and planning, Title I and Special Education Grants, Foster Care and Child Care Grants, K-12 education, Section 8 Vouchers, and Head Start/Early Start — for which Michigan received more than $14 billion in 2015.
Michigan nonprofits can be effective in reaching out to their networks in the hard-to-count populations. You can provide education about the benefits of Census 2020 and encourage them to participate.
We all win with an accurate census count. With funding from Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Be Counted MI 2020 Campaign, Community Foundation for Marquette County has contracted Grow & Lead to mobilize nonprofits in this effort. As part of the campaign, two types of committees are being formed to get out the count across the U.P.
Nonprofit Advisory Committee – U.P. Wide – Meets Quarterly starting in February
This committee meets quarterly both virtually and in person, depending on the quarter. The Nonprofit Complete Count Committee includes representatives of each county in the U.P. This committee is great for the decision maker, as it will oversee advocacy, fundraising, selection and disbursement of mini grants. The committee will consist of approximately 30 people.
Grass Roots Fieldwork Committee – Regional Committee – Meets Monthly starting in April
There will the three versions of this committee – Western U.P, Central U.P.and Eastern U.P. Each committee will be comprised of 6-10 individuals working in hard to count communities and will meet monthly in person in their region. This community informs training for community engagement, provides feedback on marketing/messaging and will consist of some mini-grant recipients.