Census 2020 & Cybersecurity: What Foundations Need to Know

The number and sophistication of cybersecurity threats have undoubtedly increased. Facebook’s data breach, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, and the frequent data breach alerts from banks and retailers is more than enough evidence to make us understand why information security is a growing concern across public and private sectors.  It is in this context that we as a country are preparing for the 2020 Census, the largest peacetime effort of the federal government and the first ever that will rely on digital response. 

Much has been done to ensure the residents of America that their data with remain safe. But, the current environment raises serious questions about the government’s ability, or desire, to keep records safe and build a digital census platform robust enough to withstand interference. The security of the digital collection and storage of information is still unclear despite numerous public- and private-sector cybersecurity experts calling for greater transparency on the Census Bureau’s protocols and systems. 
Considering these challenges philanthropy must take a leadership role in ensuring transparency from the Census Bureau, supporting critical local infrastructure and public policy that encourages full participation in the census. The accuracy of this data is critical to philanthropy for it is this data which our sector and the communities we care about will depend for the next ten years.
Watch this webinar to learn why the security concerns surrounding Census 2020 matter to you as operations leaders in philanthropy, and what IT leaders can do to lend their voices to this issue.

This webinar was created in partnership with the Technology Affinity Group, PEAK Grantmaking, and The Leadership Conference.

Original air date: November 15, 2018

Chantal Forster

Executive Director

Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

​Michelle Greanias

Executive Director

PEAK Grantmaking

Michelle Greanias, executive director of PEAK Grantmaking, is a passionate advocate for efficient and effective grantmaking and is deeply committed to elevating the value of grantmaking practices in philanthropy. Since 2008, Michelle has led the explosive growth of PEAK Grantmaking, making it one of the largest networks in the field.

Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices. She has also overseen program-related investments; engaged in projects to facilitate socially responsible investments in housing and community development; and managed employee giving programs.

Michelle speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and has consulted with government and private sector grants programs to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their grantmaking operations.

Michelle serves on the GuideStar Advisory Council and on the National Panel for GrantAdvisor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French/West European studies and a master’s in business administration from The American University.

Corinne Yu

Senior Program Director, Special Projects

The Leadership Conference

Joshua A. Geltzer

Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection

Georgetown University Law Center

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
  • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.