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2020 Census - Information and Resources for Nonprofits

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census are in the mail!  You can respond online or by phone today!

Why It Matters

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Wyoming's first census was in 1870. 

It's Important
Census data guides the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and households across the nation. In FY2016, Wyoming received $1,355,401,322 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. These programs and services include Medicaid, SNAP, senior services, road improvements, housing assistance, school lunches, and healthcare centers, to name a few. See Counting for Dollars 2020 Report for Wyoming.

Communities use the census information for development and planning for public services, roads, schools, healthcare and new businesses. Nonprofits use census data for program delivery decisions. The census count is utilized in redistricting at the national and state level. 

It's Easy
The Census takes just a few minutes to complete. You will be asked questions like age, gender, and the number of people in your home as of April 1, 2020. The census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status. Paper forms will be available in English and Spanish, while the Census Bureau will collect responses in 11 other languages online and by phone. 

In March, every household will receive an invitation to complete the census either online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven't responded yet, you will receive a reminder letter and paper questionnaire in April. In May, the Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven't responded. 

There are special efforts underway by the Census Bureau to count the homeless and people living in group quarters such as nursing homes, student dormitories, and prisons.

It's Safe
The U.S. Bureau is bound by law to keep your answers strictly confidential. Your responses cannot be used for anything else, including law enforcement or immigration enforcement. The census will never ask for social security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

What Nonprofits Can Do

Results of the 2020 Census will impact individuals, communities, government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout this decade. A complete count in Wyoming is vital to receiving our fair share federal funding for critical programs and services.

As a trusted member of your community, we need your help to get everyone counted and dispel fears surrounding the census. Many nonprofits have everyday contact with communities at most risk of being under counted. This includes young children, highly mobile persons, racial and ethnic minorities, low income persons, non-english speakers, persons experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ persons, undocumented immigrants, persons with mental or physical disabilities and persons who do not live in traditional housing. Nonprofits are also out in the community at events, meetings and everywhere people live, work, and play. They can share the message very effectively. 

Census Timeline and Checklist for Nonprofits

January - February 2020

    • Use this information to learn more about the census, then educate your staff, board and volunteers. 
    • Train staff to answer basic questions and explain why it is important to participate.
    • Connect with your local Complete Count Committee. Use this interactive mapper for list of communities and contacts.
    • Consider setting up a way for people to complete the Census online at your site.
    • Make announcements about the Census during events, meetings, and conversations.
    • Add Census outreach messages to your website and social media outlets.
    • Make a public statement about your support of the Census by issuing a press release, letter to the editor or radio announcement.
    • Distribute census information to the people you serve (see section below).

March - May 2020

    • Share social media posts on your Facebook page.
    • Have conversations with your clients and other constituents about the importance of being counted.
    • Plan and host a National Census Day party on April 1, 2020. You can also co-organize this event with your local Complete Count Committee
    • Answer basic questions and make referrals to information sources (see below).

Wyoming Information and Resources

The Wyoming Nonprofit Network has produced two inserts/flyers and window clings with grant funding from the Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming and the Wyoming Community Foundation.
Version I Flyer
Version II Flyer
The window clings have the Wyoming Census 2020 logo and "Be Counted" on them. If you would like us to send you a supply of the inserts/flyers and a window cling, email info@wynonprofit.org or call 307-772-9150. 

The Wyoming State Library has a dedicated website page with information, tools and resources on the 2020 Census. Local libraries can help people if they want to complete the census online but don't have a computer or smartphone.

The Wyoming Community Foundation has produced an insert/flyer and a poster. If you would like copies, contact Micah Richardson, Director of Communications & Programs. 

Wyoming 2020 Census Website - Includes information about Wyoming's Complete Count Committee
2020 Census and Wyoming - Wyoming Chronicle Episode, Wyoming PBS 
Wyoming 2-1-1 - Local referral resource for those that have questions about completing the census. Simply dial 2-1-1.
Governor's Proclamation 

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