The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is calling on its members to take action today on an important advocacy item in support of a complete 2020 Census count. Senator Sal DiDomenico has filed a $5 million budget amendment (FY2020-SE-14) to the State Senate's version of the budget to support the Complete Count Grant Fund. The Fund would support direct outreach by community-based nonprofits during the 2020 Census. The Senate will debate the budget amendment starting on Tuesday, May 21.
MNN encourages its members to reach out to their senators today and ask them to support FY2020-S3-14. Nonprofits are trusted messengers whose community-level outreach during the 2020 Census will be essential to the participation of hard-to-count communities.
Here is some sample language:
"We encourage [State Senator's name] to support FY2020-S3-14, filed by Senator DiDomenico, for $5 million for the Complete Count Grant Fund. Public investment in an accurate and equitable count in the 2020 Census is critical to ensure that Massachusetts receives adequate federal funding and political representation in the next decade. The grant fund would bolster direct outreach efforts by community-based nonprofit organizations to 200,000 of the hardest-to-count residents in Massachusetts. This $5 million investment will support community-based nonprofits to overcome three significant challenges in the 2020 Census: a potential citizenship question, a comparatively lower amount of federal resources for the Census, and the transition to the first digital census."
Click this link to find and contact your state senators.
Contact MNN's Director of Government Affairs Danielle Fleury with any questions. MNN thanks its members who have responded to previous advocacy calls to ensure an accurate Census count in Massachusetts.