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MANP Becomes a Census 2020 Complete Count Committee (CCC)

by Sarah Skillin Woodard

MANP along with our national partners have been talking a lot about the upcoming census for the past few months and with good reason. In FY2016 alone, Maine received $4,114,357,289 in federal spending guided by data derived from the 2020 census. The better our count, the more federal funding comes to the state for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and public safety and other vital programs. Anything that creates a barrier to completing the census such as fear, misinformation, distrust, lack of broadband or awareness as to the importance of being counted can mean real and lasting consequences to our communities and our economy, and especially to nonprofits and their constituents.

Our state has not been well organized when it comes to census efforts in the past and we are a bit behind in preparing for the census next year. MANP has stepped up to help fill the need. We will soon be partnering with the Census Bureau to offer a webinar that helps nonprofit organizations become Complete Count Committees so that they may have the tools to reach out to their communities. (We should have a date in September soon.) If you would like to learn more about the 2020 Census and Complete Count Committees, the US Census Bureau has a wealth of information.

Please feel free to reach out to Sarah Woodard, MANP’s Advocacy Director, with any questions. swoodard@nonprofitmaine.org

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