Nonprofit, philanthropic groups join forces to focus on accurate Census counts in state

Nonprofit, philanthropic groups join forces to focus on accurate Census counts in state

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Major players in Michigan’s philanthropic sector have joined forces to raise $4 million to finance a three-year campaign to ensure each state resident is counted in the 2020 Census.

While such an effort may not appear to fit with what many consider to be the traditional role of nonprofits, the groups have plenty riding on the state getting an accurate count, said Joan Bowman, external affairs officer with the Lansing-based Michigan Nonprofit Association.

“More than $600 billion is available to fund programs like Head Start, foster care and free school lunch programs. In 2015, (Michigan’s) allotment was $15 billion,” Bowman said. “Forty-three percent of our state’s budget relies on federal funding, putting us second behind the state of Mississippi. That’s what’s at stake.”

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