Washington Census Equity Fund

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The Washington Census Equity Fund, managed by Philanthropy Northwest, is a statewide pooled fund of philanthropy partners to support 2020 Census outreach, education and resources to ensure a robust and accurate count. Key goals of the fund include:  

  • Increase communication and coordination of work around the 2020 Census in Washington
  • Achieve effective, efficient, strategic and increased philanthropic investments 
  • Support education, community outreach, regional communications, policy advocacy and other “Get Out the Count” activities
  • Prioritize funding for outreach in hard-to-count communities

For more information on the statewide Washington Census Equity Fund, please see the background information in Making Washington Count in 2020.

Request for Proposals - Due May 15, 2019

Organizations, tribes and tribal organizations across Washington state are invited to apply for funding to support census planning and mobilization, or education and outreach in hard to count communities. We are prioritizing applications from:

  • Community-based and grassroots nonprofits, tribes and tribal organizations;
  • Led, staffed or guided by individuals, reflecting the race, ethnicity and culture of the communities being served;
  • Showcase a history or demonstrated an ability to reach and engage members from their communities; and
  • Have a plan for engaging historically undercounted communities.

Information Sessions: “Census Friday” calls were held in April and early May to answer questions about the funding opportunity and application process. A summary of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) from all the calls is now available.

Applications are due on May 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. PDT.

Read the complete funding opportunity announcement to preview the application questions. The RFP has been translated in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog. Select the language you want to view.
In order to support coordination between funders and equitably resource efforts across Washington state, the Washington Census Equity Fund and the Regional Census Fund are working together with a shared request for proposal and application portal on the Seattle Foundation website. The Washington Census Equity Fund will focus on efforts across Washington state and the Regional Census Fund will focus on work in King County.

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Join the  Washington Census Equity Fund

The Washington Census Equity Fund will maximize the impact and effectiveness of strategically invested philanthropic resources to ensure a robust and accurate count across the state. If you would like to invest or align your funding to the statewide Washington Census Equity Fund in order to maximize your impact, please contact Ankita Patel for more information.

Support the Statewide Washington Census Equity Fund

A robust census is the first step in making sure that our communities have good jobs, roads, schools, healthcare and other social services - now and in the future. Everyone, individuals and organizations, can make a difference in local communities by contributing to the Washington Census Equity Fund.


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For more information on the statewide Washington Census Equity Fund, email Ankita Patel, public policy and advocacy manager at Philanthropy Northwest. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags:

  • #2020Census - for general 2020 Census information
  • #WAcensusequity - for information specifically about the statewide Washington Census Equity Fund, managed by Philanthropy Northwest