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Rhode Island Foundation commits $250K to census outreach

March 30, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Foundation says it has committed $250,000 for outreach and education efforts to ensure every Rhode Island resident is counted during the 2020 census.

The nonprofit said Friday its board of directors wants to be clear that “every Rhode Islander counts, so every Rhode Islander must be counted.”

The foundation is supporting local efforts aimed at ensuring a fair and accurate count of all residents. The foundation has already committed about $125,000 for similar census efforts.

It says past censuses undercounted communities of color, people living in poverty or rural locations and young children.

According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Rhode Island’s population was 1,057,315 for 2018. The state is projected to lose one of its two U.S. House seats if the estimation holds in the 2020 census.