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 shortened 2020 Census enumeration period

August 14, 2020

Last week, the Census Bureau announced their decision to backtrack and shorten theNonprofits Count 2020 logo enumeration period by a month, despite announcing earlier this year that enumeration was extended until October 31, 2020.

The census is the foundation of our democracy, a fair and accurate count ensures communities have access to the resources they need to survive and thrive. It is more important than ever to get a complete count this year, as we start this decade with an epidemic which has already taken a toll on employment, housing, and other resources.

A successful 2020 census requires counting our immigrant, Black, Latinx, children under 5, and rural communities, as well as effectively following up on those who did not respond to the census. Because of the pandemic more time is needed to reach historically undercounted communities. We cannot allow for a failed census that will negatively affect the future decisions on redistricting, policies, and programs.

Please contact your Senators today to advocate for an extension of the 2020 Census reporting deadlines, which was originally requested by Census Bureau Director Dillingham and Department of Commerce Secretary Ross, which allows for a full and fair count as well as critical data review and processing efforts.

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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.