Without State Money For Census Count, Nonprofits Step In

Texas Counts is a group of over 120 nonprofit organizations that are trying to get the message out about why the census matters to regular Texans.

By Rhonda FanningJanuary 1, 2020 10:00 am

This year, the U.S. Census Bureau will attempt to count every person living in the United States. But some worry that the count in Texas won’t be accurate because the state isn’t paying for any outreach programs to help. As a result, some nonprofits are stepping in.

Celia Cole is CEO of Feeding Texas, one of more than 120 nonprofits that have teamed up to create Texas Counts. Cole says the collective is encouraging everyone to be a “census champion.” That includes joining discussion forums and donating money. It’s all an effort to “ensure that Texas gets its fair share in the next decade.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What it means to be a census champion

– What the consequences are of an inaccurate count

– What programs and services rely on federal funding determined by the census count

– How ordinary Texans can help


Written by Caroline Covington.