Policymakers need public input to develop good ideas into good policy, and nonprofits are valued experts in our areas of specialty. Nonprofits must partner with our governmental partners through advocacy and lobbying to cultivate strong, thriving, joyful communities.
In the first part of session, you will learn about advocacy and how it can further your organization’s mission and ingredients for a successful legislative visit. Participants will also learn about legislative process and do’s and don’ts of advocating for your nonprofit.
In the second half of the session, MCN’s Minnesota Budget Project
will discuss what’s at stake in this year’s budget discussions and why it’s important your organization shares its priorities for Minnesota’s future. Hear how and why nonprofits should engage in state budget and tax policy to move us towards a better, brighter future for all Minnesotans.
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This event will have automatic captioning via Zoom’s AI transcription. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event.
joined the Minnesota Budget Project as its director in 1999. The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits that identifies and promotes public policies to expand opportunity and economic security to all Minnesotans. Nan is a recognized expert in tax policy, and has helped secure substantial improvements in Minnesota’s state Earned Income Tax Credit and Renters’ Credit. She is the author of numerous publications on tax and economic security issues. She has a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.A. from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
, engagement manager, works to advance the Minnesota Budget Project’s policy goals by combining strategic communications with civic and partner engagement. Working closely with her team, she deploys strategies in order to build a network of engaged Minnesotans who have the necessary tools to advocate for progressive change for themselves and their communities.
, public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, is working to increase individual nonprofits' advocacy capacity through trainings, materials, and conversations, and advocating on behalf of the nonprofit sector as a whole to advance MCN’s mission. Ileana has a passion for inclusion and racial equity work, particularly in lifting up voices who have been historically left out of policy decisions that directly influence them. In addition, she has a master’s degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs and completed a term of service with Public Allies AmeriCorps program.