Public Policy

2022 MCN Policy Agenda and Issues

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 390,000 dedicated staff, over 9,000 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, particularly lower-income and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Minnesotans, through budget, tax, and economic policies. 
2022 Policy Agenda Cover

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 09/14/22
The vast majority of nonprofits in Minnesota are scrupulous in following laws, complying with oversight requirements, and acting ethically. That isn’t always what the public perceives, unfortunately.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 09/06/22
Policymakers were unable to bridge the divide between approaches, and ultimately only agreed to allocate about one-quarter of the surplus.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 08/04/22
MCN is happy to announce our 2022 MCN Voter Engagement Grants recipients!

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.