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2019 New Jersey Conference for the Social Sector: Census 2020 – Defining the Next 10 Years

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 -
9:00am to 3:15pm EDT
The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873
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The 2020 Census is coming and it counts — in more ways than one.

The Census isn’t just a population tally. State and local governments, businesses, nonprofits and foundations, rely on Census data to allocate funding, define where services are delivered, and promote economic development. The information is valuable for health care, education, housing, transportation, and business. It helps determine congressional representation, political participation, and other fundamentals of community wellbeing and American democracy. 

A full, fair count is crucial, but it isn’t guaranteed.

The Census disproportionately misses people of color, young children, and the rural and urban poor. Our state and nation have too much at stake for the social sector to stay on the sidelines. 

Come to the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Spring Conference and learn what philanthropies and their grantees can do to make sure New Jersey is counted. 

National and state experts will share information and tools to meet the many challenges communities across the state will face to be counted. There are serious concerns about access to the Census, hard-to-count people, and potential funding cuts and changes in the process could hamper participation. Much needs to be understood; much needs to be done. The conference will raise and answer the most important questions so New Jersey’s social sector builds the capacity to meet the once-in-a-decade obligation to engage at the deepest level.

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.    Registration, Breakfast, Networking, and Resource Marketplace
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  Opening Plenary: Census 101 and What Philanthropy Can Do for the 2020 Census
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Networking and Resource Marketplace
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Session 1: Challenges to a Fair Count
11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Session 2: Where Are the Kids? The Undercount of Children
11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Networking and Resource Marketplace
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Action
12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Networking and Resource Marketplace
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.    Luncheon Plenary: Call to Action for the 2020 Census: A Once-in-a-Decade Opportunity to be Counted
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.    Ice Cream Reception, Networking, and Resource Marketplace

Opening Plenary: Census 101
A comprehensive update on all things census, including how the Census Bureau is getting the word out, what is guiding the planning for 2020, and what still needs to be done before Census Day.
Presenter: Jeff T. Behler, Regional Director, US Census Bureau - New York (Bio)

What Philanthropy Can Do for the 2020 Census
Explore ways in which the philanthropic sector can leverage resources to ensure the most accurate census information, so the voices of undercounted groups and regions are heard in the decade to come.
Presenters: Gary D. Bass, Ph.D., Executive Director, Bauman Foundation (Bio)
Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (Bio)
Moderator: Maria Vizcarrondo, President and CEO, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (Bio)

Session 1: Challenges to a Fair Count
Two experts in civil and voting rights law will walk us through what the citizenship question really means for the census count, and the potential impact it will have on already hard-to-count communities.
Ryan P. Haygood, Esq., President & CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (Bio)
Ezra Rosenberg, Co-director of the Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Bio)
Facilitator: Bob Atkins, Director, New Jersey Health Initiatives--Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Bio)

Session 2: Where are the Kids? The Undercount of Children
Children are one of the largest undercounted populations in the Census. In this session, we will learn what your organization can do to prevent an undercount in 2020, and why an accurate count is essential for our children’s futures.
Peter Chen, Policy Counsel, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (Bio)
Alana Vega, Kids Count Coordinator, Advocates for Children of New Jersey (Bio)
Facilitator: Melissa Litwin, Early Childhood Program Director, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation (Bio)

Panel Discussion: Opportunities for Action
Nonprofit, foundation, and government leaders invite your organization to step up for the 2020 Census count. Panelists will provide concrete examples and resources to get involved now.
Kiki Jamieson, President, The Fund for New Jersey (Bio)
Betsy Plum, Vice President of Policy, New York Immigration Coalition (Bio)
Inge Spungen, Executive Director, Paterson Alliance (Bio)
The Honorable Tahesha Way, New Jersey’s 34th Secretary of State, Department of State (Bio)
Moderator: Linda M. Czipo, President & CEO, Center for Non-Profits (Bio)

Luncheon Plenary: Call to Action for the 2020 Census: A Once-in-a-Decade Opportunity to be Counted
Another undercount for 2020 means another ten years of relying on inaccurate data to inform our state’s political representation and funding for vital resources. For too long, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of people of color, young children and the rural and urban poor, and with new challenges in 2020, participation of hard-to-count populations may be hindered further. With the count only a year away, now is the time for the philanthropic sector to step up and get New Jersey counted.
Speaker: Arturo Vargas, Chief Executive Officer, NALEO Educational Fund (Bio)

Visit CNJG's webpage Philanthropy's Role in the 2020 Census for more information about the 2020 Census.

The Palace at Somerset Park is located at 333 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey. For more information about The Palace, please visit their website.

CNJG Members: $120 for first registrant, $90 for all subsequent registrants - Please register everyone online at the same time to receive this pricing.
Grantmakers who are NOT CNJG Members: $200 for each registrant
Staff and Trustees from Nonprofit Organizations: $90 for each registrant

Cancellations made on or before June 3 will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations made on or after June 4, though you may send a substitute if you are unable to attend (please notify us if this will occur).

The deadline for registration is June 3. Payments by credit card can only be accepted through the CNJG website and must be submitted at the time of registration. Payments at the door must be made by cash or check. Nonmembers and nonprofit representatives must pay in full before entering the Colloquium.

For questions, additional information, or to register by phone, please contact Anna D’Elia via e-mail or 609.341.2022 x4216.

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers seeks to create a community of shared inquiry among foundations and nonprofits characterized by mutual respect and trust. While networking is encouraged, we request that all participants refrain from soliciting funds or business at CNJG programs.

By registering for this event, guests at this program allow the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to use their name and any pictures taken at this event, without compensation, for promotional and publicity purposes in broadcast, telecast, print, electronic, and all other media.


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Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors! Sponsorship opportunities are still available for organizations that would like to support the CNJG’s Spring Conference, and help underwrite the overall costs of this important convening for New Jersey’s social sector. For more information, please contact CNJG Deputy Director, Theresa Jacks.

Additional resources, articles, and videos about the Census may be found on our webpage - Philanthropy's Role in the 2020 Census.

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