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.

2020 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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Policy Updates

Nonprofits Urged to Contact MN Senators Regarding Health Care Funding

May 09, 2019
Minnesota’s health care provider tax was created more than 25 years ago to increase access to affordable health care. As a result of this and other measures, Minnesota has one of highest rates of insurance coverage in the nation, and more than one million Minnesotans have affordable health care coverage funded in part by the provider tax.

But without action this legislative session, this essential source of funding will expire at the end of this year. That revenue loss of about $700 million per year would put at risk the health care of thousands of Minnesotans, and put pressure on every area of the state budget.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) has joined more than 150 Minnesota organizations in supporting the provider tax. It’s an essential funding source for nonprofits who deliver health care services in their communities. And the provider tax has a critical role to play in addressing the particular health care challenges in Greater Minnesota and tackling the state’s health disparities.

MCN urges nonprofits throughout Minnesota to contact policymakers and ask that they maintain the provider tax and keep moving forward toward becoming a state where everyone can thrive, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Please call your member of the Minnesota Senate and tell them:
  • Don’t let the sun set on Minnesota health care; protect the provider tax.
  • Tell your Senator why access to affordable health care is important to your organization, the people you serve, and your community.
You can find out who represents your area and how to contact them here: And if your organization is one that pays the 2 percent provider tax, please consider taking an additional step by signing on to a letter of Providers for the Provider Tax.

Call with Attorney General Keith Ellison

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Virtual Coffee with Congress: Representative Betty McCollum

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So You Want to Work on Elections?

Join Michelle Chang, MCN’s Policy and Equity Coordinator, to learn all about nonprofits and 2020 elections.


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.