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State census office partners with The Community Foundation to mobilize Inland Empire nonprofits in hard-to-count communities


Last updated 4/12/2019 at 6:43am

RIVERSIDE – The Community Foundation, serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties, is one of 10 organizations the state census office is partnering with to encourage participation of all Inland Empire residents in the census count. Last week in Sacramento, the census office officially kicked off the Census 2020 Call to Action Campaign, a weeklong effort to promote the state’s efforts to ensure a complete count in California – one year out from census day.

Designated by the census office as an administrative community-based organization, The Community Foundation will fund and mobilize local organizations in hard-to-count communities for their on-the-ground outreach efforts. The Community Foundation is helping to draw down $2.4 million in state funds to empower community-based organizations from the Inland Empire and demonstrating that local organizations have capacity and are best equipped with the deepest roots and greatest trust among hard-to-count populations.

In partnership with the community-based organizations, seven regions were identified in order to create manageable goals and promote local coordination and learning among the groups. Participating community-based organizations will also receive training and support through seven regional coordinators and three technical assistance providers to ensure complete coverage of both geography and communities of interest.

“The Community Foundation and our regional coordinators are proud to spread the message that every Californian counts, particularly in the Inland Empire where we have large populations that are historically hard to count,” Michelle Decker, president and CEO of The Community Foundation, said. “The local organizations that each regional coordinator will support are trustworthy messengers and will be critical to our success.”

The seven regional coordinators are San Bernardino Metro and Mountain Communities Region: Warehouse Workers Resource Center; Southwest Riverside: Family Services Association; Central Riverside County: Family Services Association; Coachella Valley: Alianza; High Desert: to be determined and Morongo Basin: to be determined.

All seven of these organizations bring local knowledge, distinct expertise and proven strategies for reaching hard to count communities. The technical assistance providers are University of California Riverside Center for Social Innovation, Inland Empowerment and NALEO Education Fund. Together, they will provide community-based organizations with training, data management and innovative mapping support to empower organizations in their outreach work.

For more information, visit Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter at “censusie.”

The Community Foundation is the oldest and largest community foundation in Inland Southern California. Established in 1941, The Community Foundation stewards more than $100 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations across the region and beyond. Since its founding, the foundation has awarded more than $100 million to support programs that strengthen the community.  For more information visit The Community Foundation’s website at

Submitted by The Community Foundation.


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