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

MCN Statement on Trump Administration Memo on Undocumented Immigrants and the Congressional Apportionment

July 24, 2020
On Tuesday July 21, 2020, President Trump announced by executive order that his administration will exclude undocumented immigrants from the congressional apportionment count, which is the population database on which new districts will be drawn next year. This memo is an extension of President Trump’s executive order from last year to create a citizenship database based on administrative data, following the administration’s failed attempt to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

The President’s action is harmful. When anyone is not counted in the Census, that hurts everyone in their community because an accurate count helps deliver the resources needed to build a better future. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed for a full and accurate Census count, and here are key points to remember:

  • There is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census form 
  • This does not affect current Census Bureau field operations for the rest of 2020
  • Personal information is protected by federal law for 72 years
Immigrants are important contributors to our strong, thriving communities for many reasons, including bringing greater cultural diversity and revitalizing struggling cities and towns. Undocumented immigrants contribute to the thriving communities here in Minnesota and across the United States. In 2017, they paid an estimated $27 billion dollars in federal, state, and local taxes. In 2010, undocumented individuals paid $13 billion dollars into retirement accounts and only received $1 billion in return. More than 750,000 DACA recipients contribute to neighborhoods and careers, especially those on the front lines fighting against COVID-19. And so much more! They all deserve to be included in the apportionment count next year and be seen in how their districts are drawn.

We stand with every Minnesotan and remain vigilant in our commitment to count everyone in the 2020 Census, including our undocumented community members. #WeAllCountMN

In solidarity,
The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

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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.