Census 2020


Census 2020

Numbers matter, and every single person counts. This has never been more apparent than now as Census 2020 is on the horizon.


Each person that is not counted in the census could result in Saginaw County losing approximately $1,800 in federal support per person every year for the next ten years. This includes money for healthcare, nutrition assistance, education, roads, housing, and more.


In Saginaw County, preparations are underway with the creation of the Saginaw County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee. The committee will be responsible for coordinating awareness, education, and implementation of the 2020 census across the county.


An undercount in our community could be devastating. That’s why the Saginaw Community Foundation will take a leadership role in this effort. Under the umbrella of the Michigan Nonprofit Alliance, Saginaw Community Foundation has partnered with the Bay Area, Midland Area, and Mt. Pleasant area community foundations to create a census hub. This hub will help mobilize local nonprofit partners and government entities to reach our hard-to-count populations. Learn more about our census hub coordinator, Chloe Updegraff.


You, too, can help make a difference as Census 2020 approaches. Help us educate, engage, and empower our residents to take part in the census. It’s too important of an issue for any of us to sit on the sidelines, especially given the consequences we could live with for a decade.


Please help us get out the word and share the importance of National Census Day – April 1, 2020 – and help ensure we are all counted.


To learn more about the grant funding, please review the grant criteria (PDF). Before applying for a grant, please contact Brian Jackson, director of donor services and special initiatives, at (989) 755-0545 or via email at brian@saginawfoundation.org to discuss your planned project and to receive an application and grant number.


Communications Toolkit

The Great Lakes Bay Regional Census Hub has created a Communications Toolkit that is available to download. This toolkit combines a variety of resources for any organization championing the 2020 Census to ensure a unified message for the entire region. The communication tactics, strategies, and materials included in the toolkit allow for organizations to tailor the messaging to connect with the stakeholders in their communities. Download toolkit.




Be Counted Michigan 2020


Census 2020: What’s at Stake (PDF)


SCF Census 2020 Grant Criteria (PDF)


Phase 1 & 2: Great Lakes Bay Regional Census Hub Communications Toolkit for Saginaw County