Nonprofit Mission Awards

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:

  • Innovation  
  • Advocacy   
  • Anti-Racism Initiative   
  • Responsive Philanthropy  
Nominations are now closed.  Please check back soon to see the winners of this year's Nonprofit Mission Awards!


Nomination Process

Staff members, board members, volunteers, program recipients, donors or other supporters may nominate a nonprofit for a Mission Award through an online nomination form. Printed nomination forms for the Nonprofit Mission Awards are available upon request for those unable to complete an online nomination.


April 3 - May 21
Call for Nominations
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.
Recipients will be notified (but will not be publicly announced until October) and award video shooting will be scheduled and begin.
Awards Recipients Announced.
The Nonprofit Awards ceremony will take place during the MCN’s Annual Conference in St. Paul on November 14-15.

Nonprofit Mission Award Recipients Receive

  • The honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among Minnesota’s nonprofits during the 2018 MCN Annual Conference in St. Paul
  • A professional video production from Open Window Productions capturing the organization's work for which it is receiving the award. 
  • A one-of-a-kind art glass award engraved with your organization’s name
  • A feature profile of your organization in MCN’s Nonprofit News reaching 14,000 nonprofit managers
  • A small cash award (except for the winner of the Responsive Philanthropy award)

For questions about the Nonprofit Mission Awards, please contact John Wurm at or 651-757-3082.



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