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

Analysis of Nonprofit Provisions in the HEROES Act and HEALS Act

July 30, 2020

The National Council of Nonprofits has released a Preliminary Analysis of Nonprofit Provisions in the House HEROES Act and Senate HEALS Act, providing analysis and comparison to the CARES Act (Pub. L. 116-136).

The following chart outlines the provisions in the House-passed HEROES Act and the recently introduced Senate HEALS Act as they relate to policy priorities of the charitable nonprofit community as reflected in the new Nonprofit Community Letter, updated July 27, 2020, that is signed by nearly 4,000 nonprofits from all 50 states.

Download the Analysis

Issue areas explored in the analysis include:

  • Unemployment Insurance & Self-Insured Employers
  • University Charitable Deduction
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • Reopening Tax Credits
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Eligibility and Amounts
  • PPP Loan Forgiveness
  • PPP Second Round
  • Funds for State and Local Governments
  • Liability Protections

All provisions listing in the analysis are subject to ongoing negotiations and should not be considered final until a relief bill is enacted. The National Council will be regularly updating this analysis, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will share these updates as they occur.

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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.