New report on Looking to Census 2030

We are pleased to share a new report produced by a group of nonprofit foundations and their partners that evaluates the conduct of the 2020 Census. While The Census Project was not part of the production of this report nor is endorsing any specific proposal, we believe it important to share the authors’ comprehensive findings.

“Looking to Census 2030: Findings and Recommendations from Census 2020 Partners and Funders” is a compilation of findings and over 100 recommendations from funders, philanthropy-serving organizations, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders, including complete count committees from across the country who worked with the Democracy Funders Census Subgroup and the Census Counts Campaign housed at the Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Campaign was co-chaired by the Leadership Conference, NALEO, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.

The report’s analysis includes very specific observations, as well as suggestions for broad, and in some cases, very significant shifts in the way the Bureau has approached its mission over the past three decennials.

Read the executive summary and the full report.

The Democracy Funders Census Subgroup commissioned the report, written by Karen K. Narasaki and Tim Lim, with the hope that the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, Congress, and the Administration seriously consider the findings and lessons learned as planning begins for Census 2030 and the Bureau continues to refine the related American Community Survey (ACS).

The Democracy Funders Census Subgroup is a collaborative of about a dozen national and regional foundations that came together in 2015 and raised over $117 million to support efforts to achieve a fair and accurate 2020 Census, with a focus especially on communities historically undercounted and most at risk of being undercounted in 2020. These communities include Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, immigrants, low-income households, people with disabilities, young children under the age of 5, people who have limited English proficiency, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Questions should go to Karen K. Narasaki at