Census 2020

About the 2020 Census Working Group

The decennial census is a cornerstone of our democracy, determining Congressional districts and driving key decisions made by government, business, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Due to a number of factors, including the shift to online data collection and the climate of fear among communities that are traditionally some of the hardest to count, the threat of an inaccurate census in 2020 is very real. When children, people of color, immigrants, low-income families, and other vulnerable populations are undercounted, they are effectively made invisible. The time for action is now.

Funders in this region are mobilizing to increase the likelihood that “everyone counts and everyone is counted." WRAG invites members to join this working group focused on leveraging the resources of local philanthropy and other stakeholders to ensure an accurate and complete census count in the region. To find out more, contact Rebekah Seder, seder(at)washingtongrantmakers.org.

Read: Our Region, Our Giving 2019, featuring a special look at the 2020 Census - Published November 2019
Read: Keeping Up Momentum to #CountDMVinThe Daily WRAG, July 15, 2019
Read: Funders: Join Us to Ensure a Fair, Accurate, and Complete Census 2020 in the Greater Washington Region - The Daily WRAG, May 30, 2019
Read: The Countdown to Census 2020 Begins Today - The Daily WRAG, April 1, 2019

Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Nadine Duplessy Kearns, Meyer Foundation
  • Levina Kim, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Ria Pugeda, Consumer Health Foundation


A regional movement to #CountDMVIn launched at the June 6, 2019 regional forum, Interventions That Work: 2020 Census & Hard-to-Reach Communities. Watch the kickoff video featuring community leaders below and check out the United Way of the National Capital Area's comprehensive #CountDMVIn toolkit here.

DMV Fact Sheets: 2-page documents with key information on the importance of the Census in each jurisdiction

Arlington County
District of Columbia
Fairfax City
Fairfax County
Falls Church
Loudoun County
Manassas City
Manassas Park
Montgomery County
Prince George's County
Prince William County


Resources from the Field

Funders' Committee for Civic Participation's Funders Census Initiative - a national working group mobilizing philanthropy around the country to take action on the census.

Count the Region - initiative of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

United Philanthropy Forum's Census 2020 Project - a wealth of resources on what's at stake with the 2020 Census and how philanthropy can engage.

Census Counts - a collaborative national advocacy campaign to ensure a fair and accurate Census 2020

Census Hard-to-Count Mapping Tool - Zoom in on the Greater Washington region to see which census tracts are the hardest to count.

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds - GWU research on how federal funding flows to  each state based on census data. See DC, Maryland, and Virginia one-pagers.