NextGen Policy partnered with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) to encourage philanthropic, business and community leaders across the state to invest in an accurate 2020 Census count. The SVCF organized a series of workshops and provided resources, and technical support to help community foundations and other partners develop funding strategies to ensure the hardest-to-reach populations were counted.
In the Bay Area, for example, this initiative spurred close collaboration among foundations and resulted in increased funding for census outreach. The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative (BACFC) worked closely together to contribute towards pool funds, create one common census application, and utilize one portal (hosted by SVCF) to receive applications from nonprofit organizations. The Bay Area’s Census self-response rate was 75.7%, more than 6 percentage points higher than the state rate and almost 9 percentage points higher than the national rate.
In Fall 2020, faculty affiliated with Sacramento State’s new Center on Race, Immigration and Social Justice joined with municipal leaders, community activists, non-profit organizations, regional artists, Sacramento State students, administrators and staff to generate collective power for social justice, and to amplify the voices of activists across the Sacramento Region.
With partners Miridae, Office of Kat Taylor (OKT), and Insight Garden Program, we’re building Oki Park Farm, a thriving urban garden that will promote environmental learning, produce fresh fruits and vegetables, and provide job training to individuals affected by the criminal justice system.
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