The seven organizations that comprise the Florida Counts Census 2020 initiative are: Florida Civic Engagement Table, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida Nonprofit Alliance, Florida Philanthropic Network, New Florida Majority, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Urban League of Broward County and Ventus Charitable Foundation.
Each year roughly $800 billion in federal funding is effectively allocated based on population data from the census, including key investments in the economy such as infrastructure, transportation, the arts, education, elder care and children’s programs. In addition, information from the census is used to ensure proper distribution of political representation. For example, an estimated 16 states could potentially each lose or gain Congressional seats based on the 2020 count.
Florida had the third largest number of omissions in the 2010 Census, omitting 1.4 million people. For each individual residing in Florida who is not counted, the state loses $1,445 per year or $14,445 over ten years. Overall, Florida lost more than $20 billion in federal funding between 2010 and 2020 because of omissions in the 2010 Census. Florida could have used these federal funds for economic development, transportation, infrastructure, education, to name a few.
In 2010, five of the 20 US counties with the highest omissions were in Florida: Orange County, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Florida is among only 11 states in the U.S. that has neither budgeted state funding for the Census nor authorized a state-wide Complete Count Committee to assure that the state population is accurately counted.
The Florida Counts Census 2020 Steering Committee consists of Florida philanthropies and nonprofit organizations. We are:
- The Florida Civic Engagement Table
- The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
- The Florida Nonprofit Alliance
- The Florida Philanthropic Network
- The New Florida Majority
- The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
- Urban League of Broward County
- Ventus Charitable Foundation