Initiatives

Census 2020

On Monday, August 26, 2019, the State of Washington Office of Financial Management awarded funding to Greater Tacoma Community Foundation for 2020 Census Education & Outreach, with a focus on hard-to-count populations.

The next step in the funding process will involve GTCF finalizing a contract with the Office of Financial Management.  Once the contract is finalized, details of the available funding for Pierce County organizations will be published and shared widely on GTCF’s website, social media, and via email distribution. 

To ensure you receive an email notification, please send your contact information and interest for 2020 Census grant funding to grants@gtcf.org

 

For questions and inquiries about the Pierce County Core Complete Count Committee, email GTCF Program Officer, Janece Levien jlevien@gtcf.org

For 2020 Census resources, visit the Pierce County Auditor’s webpage

For general 2020 Census inquiries, contact U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist, Lorraine Ralston lorraine.m.ralston@2020census.gov

 

 

Census data guides how more than $800 billion a year in federal funding is distributed, helping to create jobs, provide housing and build schools, roads and hospitals. An accurate count is critical to our county’s ability to access public and private resources and to ensure we have accurate representation.  

Historically, important communities including immigrants, people of color and young children have gone uncounted in the census. When individuals and communities are excluded, we all miss out on the wealth of perspectives and experiences that make our county strong.

GTCF and the Pierce County Auditors Office have partnered to organize the You Count Campaign, a collective of Pierce County organizations that recognize the importance of a complete and accurate census count for the well-being of our community – in 2020 and beyond. The campaign includes representatives from organizations including Bethel School District, the Center for Latino Leadership, Multicare, Puyallup Tribe, Puyallup Watershed Initiative, Tacoma Community House, the University of Washington – Tacoma and officials from city and county government. We are partnering with additional organizations and advocates to ensure all members of our community are appropriately represented in this effort and have a stake in getting an accurate count.

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Read More About the You Count Campaign

Census 2020 – Pierce County Auditor’s Office

2020 Census to Make Sure ‘Everyone Gets Counted’ – Tacoma Weekly

Census Resources

Resources for Organizations

Washington Census Equity Fund – Philanthropy Northwest

Office of Financial Management (OFM) 

Resources for Individuals

Census 2020 Employment Opportunities – U.S. Census Bureau

To learn more about the You Count Campaign email Janece Levien