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2020 Census: Citizenship Question Resources for Foundations

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On March 29, 2018, the Census Bureau sent the planned 2020 census survey, which included a citizenship question, as requested by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Many are concerned that the addition of this untested question will undermine efforts to achieve a fair and accurate census count in 2020, which helps grantmakers identify community needs and prioritize grantmaking. On June 8, the Commerce Department (which oversees the Census Bureau) invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 census. The public has 60 days – until August 7 – to submit comments. The notice and form to submit comments can be found here . For those interested, The Funders Census Initiative, under the leadership of the Bauman Foundation, is circulating a sign-on letter for foundations. To add your foundation's name to this letter, click here . Signatures will be collected until July 16.

Advocacy Toolkit

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Advocacy and engagement with lawmakers is an essential part of preserving and strengthening philanthropy. It provides an opportunity for you to communicate the positive impact of charitable giving in the lives of their constituents every day, and ensure that they understand how the decisions they make in Washington, D.C. matter at home. The materials in this updated toolkit from the Council on Foundations include tips on reaching out to lawmakers, writing op-eds, preparing for meetings and following up.

Funders' Briefing: When Opportunity Knocks

May 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015 -
9:30am to 12:00pm
Denver, CO

Co-sponsored with the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Colorado Association of Funders, GCIR, and the General Service Foundation, Philanthropy Southwest is pleased to announce this upcoming edcuational program.

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Big Change Requires Advocacy

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There are a lot of reasons foundations give for not engaging in advocacy, from limited resources, to fear of the law, and wanting to stay away from controversy. I see these all as symptoms of the same issue – a lack of knowledge,” said Andrew Schulz, general counsel, Arabella Advisors. ““If you want to see far-reaching, systemic change you need to open up your mind to what you could be doing within the broad realm of advocacy.” Schulz delivered a persuasive keynote address during Philanthropy Southwest’s 2014 Annual Conference, held in Phoenix, Arizona. His comments served as bookends to a...