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Census Legacies Toolkit

Talking Points

What Census Legacies will do

    1. Builds on the foundation of Census coalitions to create stronger and more equitable communities. 
    2. Ensures that regional solutions are built from the bottom-up, with cross-sector collaborations that honor the expertise of community members and community-serving organizations.

What Census outreach has shown (or, Why Census Legacies?)

    1. Trusted Messengers are essential – Trust in government low, varies by partisanship
    2. “Community input” needs to be all-inclusive – Communities of color, immigrant communities, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, more
    3. Benefits of co-designed solutions, with community organizations as equal partners – Recognition of community expertise by philanthropy, government agencies, other decision makers


Key principles of Census Legacies

    1. Commitment to inclusion of all historically undercounted and underrepresented communities
    2. Commitment to equity
    3. Commitment to systems change, with cross-sector collaboration and recognition of community expertise


Key partners in Census Legacies

Some combination of the following (will vary depending on how the work has proceeded on Census and beyond)

    • Nonprofit service providers
    • Civic engagement/powerbuilding groups
    • Funders
    • Government agencies
    • Legislative committees
    • Academic partners
    • Other evaluation and research partners
    • COVID-19 recovery coalitions