MCN's 2015 Policy Agenda

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits informs, promotes, connects and strengthens individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. MCN’s public policy agenda is designed to support and advance the role of the nonprofit sector, encourage civic participation and advance budget decisions which provide the resources necessary to support diverse community needs and assist those with the fewest resources.
Support and Advance the Role of the Nonprofit Sector
  • Maintain and strengthen state tax policies that enhance the nonprofit sector’s ability to maximize service to the community, including tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations and tax incentives for charitable contributions.
  • Protect the decision-making autonomy and self-governance authority of nonprofit organizations.
  • Oppose the implementation of nonprofit fees and assessments by local governments.
  • Monitor and systematically review proposals for alternative organizational structures and funding mechanisms.
Support Public Policies that Assist Those with the Fewest Resources
  • Promote public policies and state budget choices that create opportunities and improve the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income Minnesotans.
  • Support a fair and sustainable tax system that raises adequate revenues to fund the state’s needs.
Encourage Civic Participation
  • Support improvements to structures and systems of democracy in order to expand access to voting and civic engagement opportunities for all Minnesotans, including voting rights restoration, early voting, improved judicial selection and others.
  • Support comprehensive federal immigration reform, to assist both employers and employees, that provides a path to citizenship, preserves family reunification, protects rights and conditions for workers, ensures enforcement and due process, and accords rights and responsibilities for full integration into society.


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