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The 2020 Census Affects Funding in Your Community
Together, we can ensure a complete and accurate count for Arkansas. A complete count benefits all Arkansans. However, our state is at risk of being under-counted. Join us to make sure Arkansas Counts!
The U.S. Constitution requires that a Census be conducted every 10 years to provide data about our nation’s people, places, and economy. Census figures are used to make decisions at every level of government.
At every level, the Census affects political representation. Counts are used to determine the number of elected representatives and the shape of the districts they represent.
Census figures help determine where new roads, schools, and public facilities are built.
The Census affects policy decisions made by our legislature and funding for public services like education, healthcare, and economic development.
The Census impacts Arkansas budgets for important programs like Medicaid, SNAP, highways and transportation, education & childcare programs, and affordable housing programs. A one percent undercount of Arkansas in 2020 may result in up to $750 million in lost funds over a 10-year period.
Census 2020 Materials
For Philanthropic Organizations
Arkansas Counts Complete Count Committee Members
- Outreach/Organizing/Training (“Get Out the Count”) – Chairs: Mierya Reith, Arkansas United (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel (email@example.com)
- Communications – Kara Wilkins, Arkansas Counts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Technology/data – Pam Willrodt, Arkansas Economic Development Institute (email@example.com)
- State & Local Government – Laura Kellams, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Fundraising and Subgrants – Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Arkansas Impact Philanthropy (email@example.com)
- Additional Members
- Terry Bearden, Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rubye Black Johnson, NAACP of Crittenden County and West Memphis Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc. (email@example.com)
- Bobby Hart, Hope Public School District (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Leandro Braslavsky, Hispanic Community Services Inc. (email@example.com)
- Esther Dixon, Garland County Justice of the Piece – District 3 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Regan Gruber Moffitt, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (email@example.com)
- Melisa Laelan, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Margot Lemaster, EngageNWA/Northwest Arkansas Council (email@example.com)
- Ronika Morgan, Arkansas State Parent Teachers Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Taniesha Richardson-Wiley, Arkansas Department of Health (email@example.com)
- Sarah Scanlon, Our Arkansas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shelley Short, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce (email@example.com)
- Tomiko Townley, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Gary Wheeler, American Academy of Pediatrics, Arkansas Chapter (email@example.com)