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.

2021 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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Latest

Policy Updates

  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 11/06/20
As nonprofits, faith, civic, community, and business organizations we are joining to call for election integrity and democracy. We stand united for a democracy of, by, and for the people.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 10/30/20
On October 29, the U.S. 8th Circuit Appeals Court reversed the consent decree of the Ramsey County Court, establishing a deadline of November 3 for returning absentee ballots.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 10/28/20
As Election Day approaches, many in communities across Minnesota and the nation are experiencing anxiety about the upcoming election, including concerns about delayed results and the possibility of post-election unrest.

2021 Session Lineup

VirtualLive/Online
Jan
08
Join us as we share in the opportunity to connect with lawmakers at the beginning of the legislative session.

2021 Greater Minnesota Session Lineup

VirtualLive/Online
Jan
15
Join us as we share in the opportunity to connect with lawmakers at the beginning of the legislative session.

Upcoming

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.