Public Policy

We, the nonprofit sector, are a powerful community and voice. One easy and fun way to amplify our impact is through advocacy. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits encourages nonprofits to strengthen their voice in the public policy process—and we’re with you every step of the way, from creating your first advocacy agenda, to training and tips that increase your impact, to keeping you updated on developing issues that may affect your work today.

2020 MCN Policy Agenda

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) informs, promotes, connects, and strengthens individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector at the local, state, and federal levels. MCN’s policy work is grounded in a racial equity lens with a vision of Minnesota being a state where all can thrive, regardless of who they are or where they live.

The nonprofit sector is a steady source of job growth and economic vitality, and an important part of strong, thriving communities. MCN’s public policy team works to support and advance the nonprofit ecosystem, including 328,000 dedicated staff, over 3,200 nonprofit organizations, and the millions of Minnesotans who engage with nonprofits every year. MCN’s Minnesota Budget Project works to expand Minnesota’s prosperity to all Minnesotans through budget, tax, and economic policies. 
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Policy Updates

  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 06/08/20
Info regarding unemployment insurance (UI) for nonprofit employers and unemployment compensation benefits (UC) for nonprofit employees.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 04/29/20
The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance on April 27 on how states can implement this section of the CARES Act and it's impact on nonprofits is not good.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 04/23/20
The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday, April 21 to replenish funding for several coronavirus small-business relief programs.

Coffee with Congress: Representative Stauber

Join us for a virtual Coffee with Congress event with Representative Pete Stauber

All you need to know about Elections, Nonprofits, and more!

Join Michelle Chang, MCN’s Policy and Equity Coordinator, to learn about strategies to engage voters.

Greater MN Virtual Networking: Civic Engagement in Outstate Minnesota

Join West Central Regional Coordinator as we talk about what Civic Engagement looks like in outstate Minnesota.


Policy Events

Advocacy & Public Policy Resources

Nonprofit organizations play a central role in the democratic process by providing a means for individuals to deliberate on public policies and decisions that affect them. To the extent possible, nonprofit organizations should engage constituents in public policy and advocacy activities as a means to fulfilling their missions and promoting community interests. At MCN, we are continuously working to provide the resources and tools you need to engage in effective advocacy and public policy work at your organization.

Legislative Successes and Past Campaigns

Since its founding in 1987, MCN has been recognized for exemplary work at the state legislature and as a source of training on relationships and advocacy between nonprofits and government.  The number and subject matter of MCN’s public policy positions has grown over time. Learn more about some of the campaigns and successes over MCN's history of public policy work.