Archive for May, 2018

Key Takeaways from CAF’s ‘Countdown to Census 2020: What’s at Stake for Philanthropy and Colorado’

  • May 16, 2018
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On May 14, Colorado Association of Funders convened local funders to discuss the upcoming census and philanthropy’s role in promoting a fair and accurate count. Four speakers shared what’s at stake nationally and in Colorado–touching on implications for both rural and urban areas—and offered resources and suggestions for attendees looking to get involved.

The census determines apportionment and redistricting for congress, state legislatures, city councils, and school boards; and over $800 billion in federal aid flows to states and localities based on census-derived data. “You know what you know and do what you do because of the census,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant for the Funders Census Initiative. “That’s why you should care that the Census Bureau gets it right.”

Lowenthal noted the census doesn’t count all population groups equally well. “Hard to count groups” include:

People of color (especially men, ages 18−49)
American Indians on reservations
Low income households (renters), urban & rural
Young children (ages 0−4), especially Black & Latino kids
Limited English Proficiency and foreign-born households
Single, female-headed households
Frequent movers (including military families and young adults)

Lowenthal listed factors such as insufficient and delayed annual funding, canceled tests and scaled-back dry runs, cyber-security threats, and untested questions, all of which put a fair and accurate 2020 census at risk.

Patrick Potyondy is a Legislative Policy Specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, which provides non-partisan research and analysis to legislators and legislative staff. Potyondy provided additional figures to demonstrate the financial implications of an undercount. In financial year 2015, a 1% undercount from the 2010 Census resulted in $63 million in lost funds to five Federal Medical Assistance Percentage programs (Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Title IV-E Foster Care, Title IV-E Adoption Assistance, and the Child Care and Development Fund). That’s at least $1,262 in lost funding per person.

Potyondy offered links to maps and reports with additional data and information:

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funders (Andrew Reamer – The George Washington University of Public Policy)
The Census Bureau Response Outreach Mapper (ROAM)
Colorado’s State Data Center Program information

As the executive director of Together We Count, Rosemary Rodriguez forecasts participatory challenges for the 2020 census to make recommendations to stakeholders.  Rodriguez commented on the climate of fear produced by the addition of the citizenship question, noting the Census Bureau’s own panel of experts recommended against including it. She identified where hard to count groups are located in Colorado, based on 2014 Census Track Data.

“Without education, without outreach, and without thoughtful consideration, we’re going to miss a huge percentage of population,” Rodriguez said. She also noted that access to broadband will be an issue, since for the first time, the census will be primarily internet-based.

To conclude the program, Maggie Osborn, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum, shared resources and strategies funders in other states are using. Funders can:

Join FCCP’s Funders Census Initiative (FCI)
Spread the word – talk to funder colleagues and grantees about the census to raise awareness
Provide money and training for grantees who are trusted partners in their communities to be a voice and a hub for census efforts
Consider pooled funding for joint training and communications

Investing in the census is “smart money,” said Osborn. By promoting an accurate census count, philanthropy can help ensure a fair distribution of federal funds. She reminded attendees of the statistic Potyondy shared. “Do you have $1,200 to make up for every miscount?” she asked.

Upcoming Meeting: Colorado Aging Dialogue Group

  • May 14, 2018
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The Colorado Aging Dialogue Group is an informal group of grantmakers and key community and government funding agencies that address aging issues.

CAF Members are invited to join the next breakfast meeting of the Colorado Aging Dialogue Group scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The meeting will highlight Changing the Narrative, Colorado’s awareness campaign designed to increase understanding of ageism and shift how Coloradans think about aging. NextFifty Initiative and Rose Community Foundation will share their local communication campaigns using tested FrameWork’s tools and messaging. There will also be “round the room updates” at 10:15.

The meeting will be at Daniels Fund on Friday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (breakfast will be served). For more information or to RSVP, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required. Please RSVP by May 31.

CAF Members Invited to Attend Forum on Universal Access to Health Promotion

  • May 10, 2018
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Hosted by Art & Science of Health Promotion Institute and Center for Human Nutrition at University of Colorado, this forum will describe an approach to provide access to comprehensive health promotion programs to all Coloradans with minimal to no funding from local, state and federal governments. The Forum will take place on May 30 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Anschutz Medical Campus. Click here for more information and to register.

What We’re Reading: The Dilemmas, Contradictions, and Excitements of Being a Foundation Program Officer

  • May 5, 2018
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“In an ideal world, program officers should have a manageable number of grants to enable them to form these relationships and to contribute meaningfully and thoughtfully to the work of partners. In the real world, program officers often manage many grants (which can also be an advantage), and it is often difficult to dedicate sufficient time to nurture relationships.”

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