Contra Costa County is currently gearing up to make sure more of its citizens are counted in the 2020 census than ever before, ensuring the county and especially its citizens and organizations in need do not get short-changed in federal and state resources and representation. In its ongoing commitment to support local nonprofit organizations, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFKU is also taking part in this effort.

This past April, a kickoff event for the census 2020 initiative took place at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County. Speakers at the event included several district supervisors, the executive director of the food bank, and our own Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFKU. Belette emphasized how critical an accurate census count is for community-based organizations who rely a lot on federal funds. He also announced that, in collaboration with various partners, SIP will be offering a two-day fundraising workshop with the goal of assisting organizations in doing effective outreach in underserved communities.

Watch Belette’s speech and learn more about Contra Costa County’s census 2020 initiative here.