The New Jersey Complete Count Commission has been working with nonprofits and philanthropic organizations from all around the state to get the word out about the 2020 Census. According to NJ Spotlight, members of the New Jersey Council of Grantmakers have already pledged over $1 million toward outreach and awareness campaigns surrounding the upcoming Census. In a conference this week, lawmakers asked organizations to contribute even more to fund initiatives such as multilingual training materials for children and families, and laptop stations at houses of worship.
Much of the outreach is focused on the controversial citizenship question that may appear on the 2020 Census. State and nonprofit representatives are urging every single household to complete the Census form regardless of citizenship status. An inaccurate count can lead to a reduction in state and local government funding, which may force cities to eliminate community services and programs for children and families.