Every person counts: Why we need to save the census

Every decade since 1790, the government has counted the American population, as required by the Constitution. While it took the 14th Amendment to ensure that all people were counted equally, the census has nonetheless performed an essential role in maintaining and improving our democracy.

All philanthropists have a stake in the census, no matter what they fund or where.

In this joint op-ed from Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, Gary D. Bass of The Bauman Foundation, Antonia Hernández of California Community Foundation, and Barbara Picower of The JPB Foundation, philanthropic leaders underscore that it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to ensure that the 2020 count proceeds accurately, apolitically, ethically, and efficiently.

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