COVID-19: What Nonprofits Need to Know

At the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), we understand the continually developing situation regarding COVID-19 has been impacting nonprofits and the communities we serve in myriad ways, including cancellation of programs or events, staffing stresses, increased demand for services/support from your clients and communities, and budgetary implications related to all the above.

For over 30 years, MCN’s role has been to support our nonprofit members in achieving their charitable missions. Right now, we realize that much of your work may look different than how it has looked in the past. Despite these changes, our priorities around keeping Minnesota nonprofits and communities safe and healthy remain the same.

With this in mind, we will continue to provide updates as to how our work will be changing in the coming months, as well as resources that may help you navigate the issues your nonprofit may currently be facing.

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MCN General Operations

MCN's office will be closed to the public until further notice, with staff working remotely during this time. Staff members will maintain regular working hours during this time during which time MCN staff will continue to be available via phone and email.

MCN's main phone line will continue to be available during regular working hours (8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. M-F). However, we strongly encourage members to first email inquiries to for the best opportunity for timely response.

As the situation regarding COVID-19 evolves, MCN will continue to share updates and resources through available communications channels, including email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Workshops, Conferences, & Networking Events

Workshops and Networking Roundtables
  • In an effort to provide valuable content to nonprofit professionals across our state and region, while doing our part to help our members stay safe and healthy, MCN in-person workshops statewide in through August are being moved to a virtual format.
  • All MCN Twin Cities in-person networking events are on hold. Networking events in Greater Minnesota have been transitioned to a virtual format.
  • MCN will be developing responsive learning opportunities that address many of the issues resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on nonprofits. Please stay tuned to our event page for more information. 

Public Policy

MCN’s public policy and Minnesota Budget Project teams are monitoring policy responses to this public health situation and its related economic disruption, and advocating for policy responses that support the health and economic security needs of Minnesota nonprofits and their employees, residents, and communities.

Latest updates:
October 27, 2020
In recent months, thousands of nonprofits across the U.S. discovered their tax-exempt status had mistakenly been revoked by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a result of the government agency's failure to correctly process many organizations' annual Form 990 filings. MCN worked with Senator Tina Smith’s office and the National Council of Nonprofits to raise this issue on a national level. While the IRS is working on correcting the glitch, it may take 30-45 days for this to happen. In the meantime, the IRS website does have a list of organizations on the auto-revocation list. If your nonprofit is on the list, your organization can be reinstated by contacting the Exempt Organizations Account Unit.

August 20, 2020
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Minnesota Budget Project recently sent a letter to Congress signed by over 150 Minnesota nonprofits and advocacy organizations working on the front lines of the health and economic and racial justice pandemics, raising the alarm and demanding Congress get back to work on issues important to us all. Read the letter here.

May 11, 2020
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Minnesota Budget Project coordinated an organizational sign-on letter to Minnesota's congressional delegation. The letter urges them to take urgent action to provide additional funding to states to meet Minnesotans’ health, safety, and financial needs through additional flexible aid to states and an increased Medicaid matching rate (FMAP). You can read the letter and see the 250+ organizations who signed on here.

April 29, 2020
The federal CARES Act includes a reimbursement for self-insured nonprofits for half (50 percent) of the costs of the benefits provided to their laid off or furloughed employees, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) has been very actively advocating that Congress increase that reimbursement to 100 percent of costs. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance (UIPL 18-20) on April 27 on how states can implement this section of the CARES Act, and the guidance is the opposite of what nonprofits need. Read more here.

April 14, 2020:
MCN sent two letters to Minnesota’s Congressional delegation. The first letter outlines priorities for the fourth stimulus bill Congress is preparing, and the second letter focuses on one of those issues, relief for reimbursing employers, with more than 100 signatories. The public policy team is working with each office to ensure they understand the needs and concerns of nonprofits right now.

April 7, 2020:
On April 7, 2020 MCN sent this letter urging 100 percent Unemployment Compensation coverage for reimbursing nonprofit employers to the office of the Governor and Lt. Governor, as well as legislative leadership and appropriate committee leadership, and their staff, with 105 signatories, describing the economic effects of COVID-19 on their organizations. 

March 26, 2020:
How the COVID-19 economic stimulus bill would affect nonprofits: Congressional and Administration negotiators reached agreement on the Phase 3 COVID-19 economic stimulus bill — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act — early on March 25. We expect the legislation to be signed by the President on Friday, March 27 or very soon thereafter. Overall this is a $2 trillion package.

March 25, 2020:
Unemployment insurance information and updates: Nonprofit members have reached out to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) regarding unemployment insurance (UI) for nonprofit employers and unemployment compensation benefits (UC) for nonprofit employees. The information, current as of March 25, 2020, is about what is happening in regards to UI at both the state and federal levels so you can understand what benefits and resources your organization may have available at this time. Read the full update here.  

We will continue to update this section in the coming days with up-to-date information and calls to actions. Thank you for your patience.

Across our state and nation, good people are working on solutions to the combat the spread and impact of COVID-19. In the meantime, nonprofits and the communities we serve are working together to support one another as we navigate this difficult time.

Below is a list of regularly updated resources available provided by MCN and our allies and partners in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. If you have a resource you'd like to share for consideration, please email
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Technology and Remote Work 
Event Planning and Cancellation 
Culturally Specific Resources