Press Room

September


  • Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act - Preparing for Public Benefit Corporation Status on January 1, 2015

    September 2, 2014 - In its most recent session, the Minnesota legislature enacted legislation that allows for the formation of public benefit corporations. Public benefit corporations are not charitable or tax-exempt—they are commercial enterprises at their core—but in addition to general business purposes, they are formed to benefit the public and designed to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. In short, the form accommodates both a public mission and private commercial ambition. more...

 

August


  • America Gives More Act: Why it Matters

    August 27, 2014 - Members of the US Senate will be returning to Washington DC in September for just a few weeks before election season. We encourage them to act swiftly to pass the America Gives More Act—a package of policy changes that affect charities and donors that recently passed the US House with bi-partisan support. more...

 

July


  • 15 Nonprofits Receive Professional Development Scholarships through Deluxe Corporation

    July 29, 2014 - more...

  • Thanks to support from the Blandin Foundation MCN is expanding its presence in Greater Minnesota

    July 22, 2014 - “As the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has increased activities outside the Twin Cities, we learned that proximity counts for a lot,” says Pratt. “With support from the Blandin Foundation, MCN will now, for the first time, be able to have a permanent presence and point of contact in every part of Minnesota. We are thrilled to be establishing a regional office in Rochester this fall, and doing the same in Northwest Minnesota after the first of the year in 2015. MCN staff and board members will be holding a series of meetings with nonprofit leaders in each region to identify priorities and plan activities for the coming year, with more to come.” more...

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Minnesota

    July 21, 2014 - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Minnesota as a result of heavy precipitation, flooding and hail on June 11-18, 2014. more...

 

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May


  • $9.50 is the New $7.25: Minnesota Boosts the Minimum Wage

    May 28, 2014 - Minnesota has long had one of the lowest minimum wages in the nation. Minnesota’s current minimum wage of $6.15 per hour makes it one of four states with a minimum wage lower than the national rate of $7.25 per hour required under federal law. But this is all about to change. In April, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill boosting Minnesota’s minimum wage for the first time in roughly a decade. The law will become a reality for nonprofits this summer on August 1. Ultimately, the law will hike Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by August 1, 2016 ($7.75 per hour for “small” employers) and will thereafter index the minimum wage to inflation. more...

  • Women’s Economic Security Act Expands Employer Obligations

    May 14, 2014 - more...

 

April


 

February


  • Updated FAQ: Health Care Reform and Minnesota Nonprofit Employers

    February 18, 2014 - A joint release by the Minnesota Budget Project and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Updated February 2014 Minnesota’s health insurance landscape has been undergoing some significant improvements, leading to better and more affordable coverage for most Minnesotans. Although this is good news for thousands of the people nonprofits serve, it also raises many questions for nonprofit organizations wondering how these changes will impact them as employers. more...

 

December


  • Fees to Raise Revenue for Street Maintenance Incorrectly Taxes Nonprofits

    December 17, 2013 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is deeply concerned about the use of city fees, for things such as street lights and street maintenance, levied against properties that are exempt from property tax as institutions of purely public charity. MCN is tracking this issue throughout the state and recently submitted the following comments to the city of Duluth, which is considering such a fee for street maintenance. more...

  • MCN 2014 Policy Agenda

    December 3, 2013 - 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. more...

 

November


 

September


  • Newly Released FAQ on Health Care Reform and Minnesota's Nonprofit Employers

    September 30, 2013 - This FAQ reviews some commonly asked questions about the changes and choices facing Minnesota’s nonprofits as major provisions of the ACA take effect on January 1, 2014. more...

  • The Secretary of State Introduces Online Voter Registration and Online Absentee Ballot Application

    September 26, 2013 - Minnesotans will now be able to apply online to register to vote, or update their existing registration, thanks to an application developed by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State and accessed at mnvotes.org . The online process will deliver convenience to voters, reduce errors in voter rosters, and deliver significant cost- and time-savings for local election officials. more...

  • Share Your Nonprofit News, Awards and Advancements

    September 12, 2013 - MCN is glad to share news about Minnesota's extraordinary nonprofit sector. With over 20,000 weekly visitors, MCN's website can be a great way for you to get the word out about your own organization's news, awards and advancements. Member organizations are invited to submit organizational announcements to be featured in the Awards and Advancements section of MCN's website. more...

  • Governor Dayton's Unsession: Submit Suggestions Now

    September 6, 2013 - The Unsession is a first-of-its-kind effort to make government better, faster, simpler and more efficient for people. We want to improve service, shorten wait times, eliminate old and outdated rules, and undo anything else that makes government nearly impossible for people to understand. more...

  • Recognizing Minnesota's Outstanding Nonprofits

    September 4, 2013 - Nonprofit organizations make outstanding contributions to Minnesota’s high quality of life. The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards honor these contributions. The Minnesota Nonprofit Awards are a joint project of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and MAP for Nonprofits. The awards include the Nonprofit Mission Awards in the categories of Innovation, Nonprofit Advocacy, Anti-racism Initiative and Responsive Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Excellence Awards that honor overall excellence in management. MCN and MAP are pleased to announce the 2013 Minnesota Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Award winners. Congratulations! more...

 

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February


  • Sales Tax Proposals and the Impact on Nonprofits

    February 26, 2013 - House File 677 and Senate File 552 have recently been introduced reflecting Governor Dayton’s tax reform proposals. The Governor’s plan is designed to solve Minnesota’s budget deficit, raise increased revenues for the state’s priorities and reduce regressivity in Minnesota’s tax system. Within the proposal is the implementation of a new sales tax on services that would affect both the services that nonprofits purchase and the services that nonprofits provide to the community. more...

 

January


  • Susie Brown Testifies Before the House Tax Committee

    January 15, 2013 - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's policy director, Susie Brown, testified before the house tax committee on January 15, at the committee’s first hearing of the session. The tax committee looked at the question of conformity to federal tax law as one of their first objectives. more...

  • MCN's 2013 Public Policy Agenda

    January 1, 2013 - On November 20, 2012, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's board of directors approved its 2013 public policy agenda. more...

 

December


  • Announcing MCN's Newest Board Members

    December 3, 2012 - MCN is pleased to announce the results of its recent board election. In November, the following board members were elected by MCN’s nonprofit members to serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2013: more...

 

October


 

July


  • MCN Deputy Public Policy Director Chosen for U.S. State Department Fellowship

    July 6, 2012 - Saint Paul, Minn., July 6, 2012 -- Jeannie Fox, deputy public policy director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), has been selected to be a Legislative Fellow as part of a Department of State Professional Fellows Program. Jeannie and others will build on decades of sustained programs that connect people, institutions and communities to serve and to change lives across the hemisphere. more...

 

April


 

February


  • Concerns Raised Over Potential Election Day Registration Elimination

    February 14, 2012 - Today, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and the League of Women Voters Minnesota, two organizations that have long worked toward promoting sensible, non-partisan improvements to Minnesota’s election system raise concerns about the potential for Election Day Registration to be eliminated through two proposed conditions on voting: photo identification and “identical eligibility verification standards.” more...

 

January


  • Media Alert: Capitol Leaders to Meet Before Hundreds of Nonprofits

    January 25, 2012 - Over 250 nonprofit and philanthropic leaders are expected to attend this annual event and hear directly from the Governor and the leaders of the legislative caucuses as they share their priorities for the session, identify issues they think will dominate the debate and give their ideas on how nonprofits can be a resource to decision-makers and their staff. The leaders will also have a chance to address questions from the audience. more...

 

November


 

October


  • Six Nonprofit Leaders Elected to Statewide Board

    October 19, 2011 - Six nonprofit leaders will join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) board of directors. The six individuals were selected in a competitive election by the 2,000 nonprofit member organizations of MCN. The new board members began their three-year terms on January 1, 2011, joining the board of 23 members who aid the policy and direction of the statewide organization. more...

 

September


  • Members Invited to Vote for MCN Board of Directors

    September 12, 2011 - Leaders of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) member organization were invited today to vote for the MCN board of directors. The competitive election will shape the future of the membership association for years to come. more...

  • Six Minnesota Nonprofits Recognized for Outstanding Work

    September 7, 2011 - Regardless of the current economic climate, nonprofit organizations have something to celebrate – the recognition of excellence, innovation, advocacy, anti-racism and responsive philanthropy that occurs annually through the Minnesota Nonprofit Excellence and Mission Awards. Sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and MAP for Nonprofits, excellence and mission awards will go to six local organizations in the presence of more than a thousand of their nonprofit peers Oct. 7 at an awards ceremony held during the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s 25th annual state conference. more...

 

July


 

June


  • IRS Revokes Tax-Exempt Status of 5100 Minnesota Nonprofits

    June 9, 2011 - Today, the IRS issued the list of 5,132 Minnesota nonprofits whose federal tax-exempt status has been automatically revoked. Sixty percent of these revoked organizations were charitable organizations eligible to receive deductible charitable contributions. more...

  • State Shutdown Affects MN Nonprofits

    June 8, 2011 - As the Legislature and Governor Dayton continue their work toward finding a state budget compromise, Minnesota’s nonprofits face a combined uncertainty about future funding and looming shutdown of government services. more...

 

May


  • Nonprofit Reporting Law Passes

    May 23, 2011 - Nonprofit organizations across Minnesota will see more uniform reporting requirements, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Dayton this week. House File 786, signed into law on May 18, 2011, changes the way Minnesota nonprofit organizations report compensation information on the Annual Report to the Attorney General’s office. The changes were designed to bring Minnesota into conformity with federal nonprofit reporting requirements on the IRS Form 990. more...

  • Minnesota Nonprofits Say Photo ID Bill Requirements Too Restrictive, Arbitrary

    May 3, 2011 - On Tuesday morning, representatives of over twenty non-profit organizations, many of them members of Minnesota’s Voting Rights Coalition, held a State Office Building press briefing calling photo ID requirements contained in SF 509 and HF 210 “too restrictive and arbitrary to protect the voting rights of Minnesotans.” more...

 

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September


  • Six Minnesota Nonprofits Recognized for Outstanding Work

    September 20, 2010 - During The Nonprofit State Fair next month, one of the largest gatherings of nonprofits across the country, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and MAP for Nonprofits will recognize six of the state’s more than 5,000 charitable organizations with 2010 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards. more...

 
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