The Count Me In initiative, a $1.2 million effort supported by MacArthur and nine other foundations in Illinois, worked to increase participation in the 2010 Census in hard-to-count communities in Chicago and the state. The U.S. Census recently reported that Illinois’ 2010 return rate was higher than in 2000, the last decennial count. Chicago had the second-largest gain among U.S. cities, with an increase of 5 percentage points. In all Illinois communities where the initiative took place, return rates averaged two percentage points above their 2000 rates. Comparable communities that were not part of Count Me In had rates that were, on average, half a point below those in the last census count. The largest philanthropic effort to support census intake in a single state, Count Me In involved 60 nonprofit groups that conducted outreach to Illinois residents in 13 cities about the value of census participation.
May 16, 2017 - From The Field
Six Chicago-area organizations will use $12 million in loans to train and employ adults with autism, support retail development, provide training and transitional jobs, and build projects that support youth and families in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Read More
April 13, 2017 - Publication
An issue brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative illustrates how policymakers are using legislation to prioritize evidence-based decision-making when it comes to what programs receive funding. Read More
March 30, 2017 - From The Field
The Roosevelt Institute’s Re:Public Project will invest in youth-driven campaigns and initiatives to push back against privatization in the educational system, economy, and justice system. Read More