New Mexico Counts 2020 is an outreach campaign supported by a collaborative of funders listed below to help ensure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census, especially in the most hard-to-count and reach communities. The committee is comprised of the New Mexico Census Funder Collaborative, The New Mexico Civic Engagement Table, and a Tribal Coalition.
- In partnership with the UNM State Demographer, we leveraged $363,500 for the Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) that added over 100,000 addresses missing from the U.S. Census Bureau’s files. This represents a 6666% return in federal assistance on the investment in the LUCA program.
- We raised over $735,000 for NM Counts 2020 and now actively engaged in a public education campaign and in releasing thousands of dollars in grant support to nonprofit and Tribal partners.
- We signed a letter calling for the withdrawal of a citizenship question on the 2020 census form.
- We aim to leverage trusted voices who can motivate every New Mexican to respond to the census.
- We are working with the New Mexico Civic Engagement Table to support a statewide Complete Count Committee Advocacy Coaltion and promoting optimal federal and state census outreach funding.
New Mexico Census Funder Collaborative
New Mexico Counts 2020 is a two-year state advocacy and action plan developed by the New Mexico Census Funder Collaborative with a mission to assure that all New Mexicans are counted in the 2020 Census and have a positive impact in our communities. Our funding collaborative is now formalizing a process for implementing the plan under the oversight of a New Mexico Counts 2020 Committee composed of funders and other key partners.
The Committee is charged with responsibilities associated with identifying resources and soliciting funding to support the implementation and oversight of the plan. The New Mexico Association of Grantmakers is facilitating the Committee’s work, led by co-chairs, Allan Oliver, Executive Director, Thornburg Foundation and Randy Royster, CEO and President, Albuquerque Community Foundation, also fiscal sponsor for the Funding Collaborative.
New Mexico Counts 2020 Committee
The New Mexico Civic Engagement Table (NMCET)
NMCET, a project of the Center for Civic Policy, is a key member of the NM Counts 2020 Committee and is leading development of the civic engagement strategy of the New Mexico Counts 2020 plan. The principle components of the Census civic engagement plan will include a Get-Out-the-Count (GOTC) campaign, a state legislative appropriations campaign, and the creation of a Complete Count Committee for the non-profit civic engagement sector, other non-governmental stakeholders and Tribal governments.
The plan’s major activities and special programs include engaging stakeholders and allies, organizing resources, conducting research, education and advocacy, mobilizing partnerships with nonprofit, community groups, Tribal partners, grassroots training, grantmaking, and field-level communications to meet unique needs in New Mexico within hard-to-count (HTC) communities.
This group is in the early stages of the formation process, and detailed information is not yet available.