Mission Awards

Nonprofit organizations make outstanding contributions to Minnesota's high quality of life. The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards honor these contributions.

Since 1987, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has been showcasing the work of Minnesota’s outstanding nonprofits through the Nonprofit Mission Awards in the categories of:

 
Nominations for the 2018 Nonprofit Mission Awards are now closed. Please check back soon to learn more about this year's winners!

Mission Award Recipients will receive:

  • Recognition in front of 1,000 nonprofit peers at the 2018 MCN Annual Conference in St. Paul
  • A professional video production by Open Window Productions capturing the organization's work 
  • A one-of-a-kind art glass award, hand blown by Minnesota Glass Artist Robinson Scott
  • A feature profile of your organization in MCN's Nonprofit News reaching 14,000 nonprofit managers
  • A cash award (for all recipients except for Responsive Philanthropy recipient)

 

Timeline

April 3 - May 21
Call for Nominations
 
June
The Nonprofit Mission Awards Selection Committee will then review all complete nominations in the categories of Innovation, Anti-racism Initiative, Advocacy and Responsive Philanthropy and narrow the field of nominations to three finalists in each category. Finalists will be notified.
 
MCN member organizations and their staff members will be invited to vote on the winners from the field of finalists. The finalists with the winning number of votes in each category will be selected to receive the awards.
 
July
Recipients will be notified (but will not be publicly announced until October) and award video shooting will be scheduled and begin.
 
September
Awards Recipients Announced.
 
October
The Nonprofit Awards ceremony will take place during the MCN’s Annual Conference in St. Paul on November 14-15.

 

Mission Awards Selection Process:

Staff members, board members, volunteers, program recipients, donors or other supporters may nominate a nonprofit for a Mission Award.

The Nonprofit Mission Awards Selection Committee will then review all complete nominations in the categories of Innovation, Anti-racism Initiative, Advocacy and Responsive Philanthropy and narrow the field of nominations to three finalists in each category.

All MCN member organizations and their staff members are invited to vote on the winners from the field of finalists. Voters can vote once in each category and must have their MCN Individual Member ID Number in order to cast their votes. The recipients of the four awards will be decided by member votes and the organizations receiving the most votes will win. Finalist organizations and their staff members are not eligible to vote within their own category.

 

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