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.

2019 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. 


Policy Updates

  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 05/16/19
MCN is pleased to announce Marie Ellis as the organization’s new public policy director, effective June 4, 2019.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 05/09/19
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has joined more than 150 Minnesota organizations in supporting the provider tax.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy
Posted 03/25/19
Governor Tim Walz’s budget makes significant investments in housing, workforce development, economic development, and local communities.

Advocacy 101 - Worthington

In this session, participants will learn how and why to build relationships with elected officials and also know the benefits about coalition building with nonprofits.

Coffee with Commissioners: Minnesota Department of Economic Development

St. PaulMN
Join us for a conversation with Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove.


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.