Public Policy

2023 MCN Policy Agenda and Issues

MCN and the Minnesota Budget Project policy teams advance public policies that strengthen the nonprofit sector and Minnesota communities through policy development and analysis, and by engaging nonprofits, other organizational partners, and the public to lift up our shared vision for a just, equitable Minnesota.

Our policy work is informed by MCN’s strategic priority on equity and justice.

2023 Public Policy Agenda

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.


Policy Updates

  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 02/01/23
Nonprofits should be encouraged to see the Governor’s proposed budget includes some of MCN’s top advocacy items related to equity in state grantmaking.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 12/27/22
MCN's response to the Governor's newly announced plan to prevent fraud and improve oversight of federal grant dollars.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
  • Fundraising & Grantseeking
Posted 12/15/22
How the state oversees grants to nonprofits will be a major discussion at the Legislature. There are two main reasons why.

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.