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The NC Counts Coalition has pulled together local and national resources that can be helpful in learning about and planning for the 2020 Census in North Carolina.

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

4th of JULY OUTREACH GUIDE

This toolkit was developed by members of the NC Complete Count Commission, a group appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to increase awareness and understanding of the 2020 Census and encourage the participation of North Carolinians through education and outreach. It provides tips and guidance on how to turn 4th of July celebrations into a 2020 Census promotional opportunity.

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We Count

NC Counts Coalition, Democracy NC, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, N.C. Child, El Pueblo, NALEO Educational Fund and North Carolina Asian Americans Together joined the national “We Count” campaign through a video on the importance of the Census to North Carolina.     

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2020 Census Who’s At Risk of Being Miscounted?

The decennial census, which aims to count every US resident each decade, is critical to our democracy. It affects congressional seats and funding decisions at every level of government. But the 2020 Census faces unprecedented challenges and threats to its accuracy. Demographic changes over the past decade will make the population harder to count. 

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Why the Census Matters for LGBTQ People

Every 10 years, the federal government attempts to count every person living in the country for the U.S. Census. However, certain populations are inevitably undercounted. Transgender and queer people, LGB people, people of color, immigrants, people who are experiencing homelessness, people living in rural areas, people with low incomes, renters, single-parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and young children are overwhelmingly undercounted in the Census. Meanwhile, white people and homeowners tend to be overcounted.

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Resources

Comment to Voting Precinct Boundary Redraw by SCSJ and Democracy NC

Letter written by Southern Coalition for Social Justice and Democracy NC about the precinct boundary redraw process by the State Board of Elections. 

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Research, Reports, and Articles

Uses of Census Bureau Data in Federal Funds Distribution

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

Stronger NC 2020 Census Toolkit

In order to have fair representation in our government, we have to have good data. Data determines how our communities have grown or populations have shifted. Every ten years a national census is undertaken, and this data forms the basis for federal funding provided to each state as well as determining how many representatives states and jurisdictions are due in Congress but also in local districts.

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Mapping Tools

North Carolina's Hard To Count Communities

The NC Counts Coalition and Carolina Demography have developed an interactive mapping tool specific to North Carolina to identify the state's hard to count communities. //

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

The 2020 Census is Important to North Carolina - Fact Sheet

This is a single page fact sheet developed by the NC Counts Coalition on the general importance of the decennial Census to North Carolina.

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Gaston County, North Carolina Complete Count Committees

Presented by: Juan Garcia, GIS Data/Transportation Planning Analyst, Gaston County Government

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Cities Count: Preparing for the 2020 Census

Presented by: Alex Jones, Manager, Local Democracy Initiative, National League of Cities

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

Making Kids Count: Young Children and Census 2020 (NC Child)

The net undercount of young children - the difference between the actual census count of children ages 0-4 and Census Bureau population estimates - has steadily worsened over the past 40 years. In the 2010 Decennial Census, children under 5 were missed at a higher rate than any other age group, and an estimated 25,000 young children in North Carolina were not counted.

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Count All Kids - Information Sheet

The Count All Kids Committee is a group of national, state and local children's organizations and allies working to raise awareness of the importance of counting children in the census among policy makers, the public, advocates and allies, and identify opportunities to improve the count of children, especially young children, in 2020.

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census: Count All Kids

Presented by: Deborah Stein, Network Director, Partnership for America's Children

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

The Young Child Undercount in North Carolina

Presented by: Whitney Tucker, Research Director, NC Child

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Undercount of Young Children in the Census, North Carolina Census Conference

William P. O'Hare, PhD, President, O'Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Census Litigation Update (January 31, 2019)

2020 Census litigation update provided by Laura Wright, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Preventing an Undercount in the South in the 2010 Census: Successful Implementation of a Small Grants Outreach Program

A report by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice about the benefits of small grant programs for commiunity organizations for decennial Census outreach.

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Stories from 2010: Models of Successful Census Outreach

Presented by: Allison Riggs, Senior Attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Why is the 2020 Census a priority for LGBTQ people?

Presented by Ames Simmons, Policy Director, Equality NC

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

The Importance of The Census for Population Estimates

Presented by: Michael Cline, PhD, State Demographer, NC Office of State Budget and Managment, Demogrphic and Economic Analysis Section

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Making NC Count : The Impact of the Census to North Carolina

Presented by: Bob Coats, Governor's Census Liaison, North Carolina State Data Center, Office of State Budget and Managment, Demographic and Economic Analysis Section  

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Census 2020: Research and Messaging (Color of Change)

Presented by: Jennifer Edwards, Program Director, Color of Change

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Census 2020: Research and Messaging (Asian Americans Advancing Justice)

Presented by: Michelle Boykins, Director of Strategic Communications, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Census 2020: Research and Messaging (NALEO Educational Fund)

Presented by: Juliana Cabrales, Mid-Atlantic Director of Civic Engagement NALEO Educational Fund

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Census 2020:Mitigating effects of natural disasters on accurate enumeration

Jenny Hausman | Janna Driskel | Kristen Jensen | Mike PenanskyDuke Sanford School of Public PolicyJanuary 31, 2019

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Hard-to-Count Populations

Rebecca Tippett's presenation on North Carolina's hard-to-count communitites Rebecca Tippett, PhD, Director of Carolina Demography, The Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

2020 Census Key Dates

NC Counts Coalition timeline for key 2020 Census dates

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Agenda: “Making N.C. Count” North Carolina Statewide Convening for 2020 Census Preparation

Agenda for “Making N.C. Count” North Carolina Statewide Convening for 2020 Census Preparation held on January 31, 2019. 

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Count all Kids Census 2020

The Count All Kids Committee is a group of national, state and local children’s organizations and allies that have joined together to ensure our nation’s children are counted in the 2020 Census. We work to raise awareness among the public, advocates, allies and policymakers, and to identify opportunities to improve the count of children, especially young children, in 2020.

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2020 Census Jobs

Earn extra income while helping your community. The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

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Cities Count: Preparing for the 2020 Census (National League of Cities)

The National League of Cities' website for 2020 Census preparations by municipalities.

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Make 2020 Census Count! A Campaign of NALEO Educational Fund

Our future prosperity and well-being depend upon the quality of the information collected by the Census Bureau about our population and infrastructure. Census data guides a wide range of decisions made in the public and private sectors that affect the lives of all Americans.

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“Making NC Count” Statewide Census Convening - January 31, 2019

Municipal Action Guide: Preparing for the 2020 Census

The National League of Cities (NLC) supports the Census Bureau's mission to "serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy." We also understand the many ways in which Census Bureau data impact a city. This guide has been carefully created to provide local leaders with objective information about and resources for the upcoming census. We hope the contents of this guide inspire and empower you to take an active role in preparing your city for 2020.

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Make NC Count: Census 2020

The State of North Carolina's website for the 2020 Census

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National Conference of State Legislatures: 2020 Census Resources and Legislation

National Conference of State Legislatures - includes links to state legislation setting up complete count committees and funding the census. Also includes resources for planning government led / established complete count committees.

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

Census-Guided Financial Assistance To Rural America

The George Washington Institute of Public Policy fact sheet on Census-Guided Financial Assistance To Rural America looks at six large U.S. Department of Agriculture rural assistance programs, state-by-state, that distribute more than $25 billion each year to states, localities and households in Rural America. 

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2020 Census Planning

The 2020 Census at a Glance

This fact sheet by the US Census Bureau provides a brief timeline of for the 2020 Census and an overview of the operation. 

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2020 CENSUS PUBLIC COMMENTS TOOLKIT

This toolkit, provided by the Leadership Conference Education Fund, provides information, templates and resources related to the public comment period for submitting comments in opposition to the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. 

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Research, Reports, and Articles

Natural Disasters and the US Census

This report by Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy students looks at the impact of natural disasters on Census enumeration. The report  attempts to address 2 questions: How do we mitigate the effect of natural disasters on the accuracy of the US Census Bureau, and How do we track discplaced populations after natural disasters to maintain the accuracy of the Census

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NC Census Advocacy

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

April 10, 2018 On March 26, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its decision to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Unfortunately, for the first time since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the questionnaire sent to each household in the country is set to include an untested and unnecessary question about U.S. citizenship. This FAQ and fact sheet provides answers to questions about the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020, and also includes a fact sheet on the importance of the 2020 Census to North Carolina.  The information in this fact sheet has been provided by the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and NC Counts. 

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Press Releases

Gov. Cooper Says Counting Military Where They Live Will Help in 2020 Census

This press release from Governor Cooper's office discusses the US Census Bureau's plan to count deployed military at their latest base address. Released on Feb. 8, 2018

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The 2020 Census is among the most important civil rights issues today. Historically, the census has excluded certain communities at disproportionately high rates, including people of color, urban and rural low-income households, and young children.

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North Carolina Decennial Census Mail-in Participation Rates

North Carolina 2000 and 2010 Census mail-in participation rates by county.

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Participation Rates

MAP: Mapping Hard to Count (HTC) Communities for a Fair and Accurate 2020 Census

The City University of New York (CUNY) has created an interactive map that pinpoints Hard to Count (HTC) communities across the country.

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Research, Reports, and Articles

Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America

This report by the Leadership Conference Education Fund seeks to identify and document specific civil rights uses of census race and ethnicity data and evaluate the consequences of possible changes in the collection and reporting of those data.

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Research, Reports, and Articles

FY2017 U.S. Census Bureau Appropriations: Why Full Funding Matters

This article by the Census Project discusses technological and systematic changes in how the Census will be operated and the importance of adequate funding to ensure that the Census is well executed.The Census Project, February 2016

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Research, Reports, and Articles

Five Steps for Reducing the High Net Undercount of Young Children in the 2020 Census

Bill O'Hare, PhD, President, O'Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC, August 2016, This article by Dr. O'Hare provides five steps for addressing the high net undercount of young children in the 2020 U.S. Decennial Census.

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Everyone Counts: How 2020 Census Data Matter to Your Bottom Line

This article by the National Association of Councils discusses the importance of the 2020 Census to counties and how counties can get involved to make sure that their communities have a complete and accurate Census count.

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Counting Everyone in the Digital Age: The Implications of Technology Use in the 2020 Decennial Census for the Count of Disadvantaged Groups

This article by The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality (GCPI) is about the potential challenges and opportunities associated with information and communications technology in the 2020 Census.

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Research, Reports, and Articles

An Accurate Census Is Essential for a Strong America

A brief by the Council for a Strong America about the importance of an accurate Census and how an accurate Census can affect national security and the economy.

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Press Releases

NC Stands to Lose Billions from Poor 2020 Census According to new Study

This Press Release discusses the importance of adequately funding the Census and the financial significance of a complete and accurate Census for North Carolina.Released on November 9, 2017

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Presentations

LUCA 2020 Census Training

This powerpoint presentation by the US Census Bureau provides guidance on how to update address lists for the LUCA Operation.

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Philanthropy

Philanthropy and the 2020 census: A once-in-a-decade chance to get it right

Publication by Vanita Gupta, August 23, 2017. National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

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Philanthropy

How​ ​Your​ ​Foundation​ ​Can​ ​Engage​ ​Business​ ​&​ ​Tech​ ​Sectors​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Successful​ ​2020​ ​Census

Rhett Buttle, Public Private Strategies September, 2017

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Research, Reports, and Articles

Mapping Hard to Count (HTC) Communities

A guide on how to use The City University of New York (CUNY) interactive map that pinpoints Hard to Count (HTC) communities across the country.

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

Will You Count? Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) in the 2020 Census

This fact sheet by The Leadership Conference Education Fund explains the importance of ensuring that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are counted in the 2020 Census.

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Counting for Dollars 2020: North Carolina

The George Washington Institute of Public Policy has prepared a report analyzing the use of Census-derived data by 16 large federal programs. This report breaks down how $16,297,657,450 of federal funds are distributed to North Carolina based on census-driven data.

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The Census and Civil Rights

This Fact Sheet from The Leadership Conference Education Fund explains the constitutional significance of the Census and how the Census affects vulnerable communities.

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Census Accuracy and the Undercount: Why it matters; How it's measured

This Fact sheet by the Funders Census Initiatives reviews census accuracy and why it matters to funders and their grantees.

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Guides

2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide

The US Census Bureau's guide on how to plan Complete Count Committees.

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2020 Census Planning

Area Census Office List

A list of Area Census Offices for the 2020 Census

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2020 Census Planning

Area Census Office Memo

November 6, 2017 A memo from the US Census Bureau about the 2020 Census Program decision regarding the number and locations of the area census offices that will be established to manage and support field operations during the 2020 Census

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Letter in support of Census funding by the North Carolina State Roundtable Census Planning Organization

September 20, 2017, signed by 39 North Carolina organizations

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Research, Reports, and Articles

U.S. Census Bureau Appropriations: Why Full Funding Matters

This article by the Census Project discusses technological and systematic changes in how the Census will be operated and the importance of adequate funding to ensure that the Census is well executed.

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US Department of Commerce

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The Census Project

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United Philanthropy Forum

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US Census Bureau Website for the 2020 Census

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Philanthropy

CENSUS 2020: Why an Accurate Count Matters to Philanthropy

United Philanthropy Forum website about the importance of the 2020 Census to Philanthropy

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Press Releases

Tillis Helps Secure Census Change to County North Carolina Servicemembers

This Press Release discusses North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis' support for counting servicemembers in North Carolina.

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Fact Sheets and Toolkits

Will You Count? Latinos in the 2020 Census

This fact sheet by The Leadership Conference Education Fund explains the challenges to ensuring an accurate count in the Latino community and the importance of making sure that Latinos are counted.

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The​ ​Census:​ ​Vital​ ​to​ ​America’s​ ​Economy​ ​and​ ​Private​ ​Sector

Rhett Buttle, Public Private Strategies

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2020 Census Planning

Key 2020 Census Milestones

This Fact Sheet from the Funder's Census Initative 2020 reflect newly defined operations and the detailed schedule for Census preparations and implementation.

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2020 Census Planning

2020 Census Operational Plan

The US Census Bureau's 2020 Census Operational Plan documents the current design for conducting the 2020 Census.

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