For the Love of Data: How Census Data Drives Decision-Making

Host Organization: Philanthropy New York


This program is hosted by our partner, the New York State Census Equity Fund, who has extended an invitation to PNY members.*

You probably know that baseline statistics that leaders often rely on to make informed decisions – poverty levels, unemployment rates, demographic breakdowns—are possible thanks to the census.
But did you know that:

  • 58 percent of the households in Buffalo are renters?
  • 1 in 12 NYS Veterans is female?
  • Cheektowaga is the fastest-growing town in New York State?
  • 54 percent of households in New York City do not own a car?
  • Over 1 million households in New York State do not have access to the internet?

These and other important statistics are only possible because of the decennial census and other complementary surveys conducted regularly by the US Census Bureau. The American Community Survey, the nation’s largest household survey, is the most well-known. But many other complementary surveys regularly collect data about businesses, schools, and hospitals, affecting services for the communities and constituencies we care about.

What will you learn?

  • Innovative ways in which various entities have made use of recently released Census 2020 data to inform funders, advocates, community organizations, service providers, and businesses


Who should attend?

This webinar is for people who aren’t using census data in their work but would like to, those that are using census data but are looking to be inspired by other users, as well as experienced census data users interested in learning more.

How do you sign up?

Members and Non-Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Registration is required by February 15th.

Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to each session.

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with questions or for further information on this program or on eligibility.

What else should you know?

The webinar is being offered free to Philanthropy New York members, as well as to interested staff at nonprofit organizations, philanthropic institutions, and government leaders to demonstrate how census data is being used to drive decision-making.

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