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.

2021 MCN Policy Agenda and Issues

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

Minnesota nonprofits call for trust in our democracy

November 06, 2020

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) has partnered with nonprofit, faith, civic, labor, community, and business organizations in a unified call for election integrity and democracy.

“Our democracy is strong enough to hold a fair and free election and it’s upheld by institutions, including nonprofits, civic groups, businesses, and the media,” said Kenza Hadj-Moussa, MCN board chair. “In our democracy, everyone matters. Elections are decided by the will of the people, not candidates. We thank every poll worker and elections official making our democracy work and stand united calling for every eligible vote to be counted.”

As votes continue to be counted for local, state, and national races, and the potential of multiple recounts and legal challenges exist, this cross-sector call includes over 100 Minnesota nonprofit and community organization signatories and emphasizes the importance of every eligible vote being counted, stating specifically:

“As nonprofits, faith, civic, labor, community, and business organizations we are joining to call for election integrity and democracy. We stand united for a democracy of, by, and for the people. Every eligible vote must be counted.

“Under the United States constitution elected officials are decided by the people through a free and fair election. In Minnesota and across the country voters turned out in record numbers to make their voices heard. We expected that results would not be clear on Election Day. Now is the time for patience. When all eligible votes are counted, democracy wins.

“During this unprecedented pandemic, we recognize how much effort has gone into making our election system safe and accessible for voters. Despite challenges, voters across the country have made their voices heard. Every eligible vote must count. We thank all voters, elections staff, and volunteers for their participation. We come together as a united voice to encourage trust in our democracy and ensure every vote counts.”

Organizational Signatories

  • AchieveMpls
  • Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • AMS Digital Productions
  • Ananya Dance Theatre
  • Arc Northland
  • ArcStone
  • Arts Roseville
  • Blueprint Campaigns
  • Breakthrough Twin Cities
  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Center for Energy and Environment
  • Change Inc.
  • Chudgar Consulting
  • Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
  • Como Community Council
  • Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Accion Latina
  • Corvus North
  • Ebenezer
  • Ecolibrium3
  • EVOLVE Family Services
  • Forecast Public Art
  • Fresh Energy
  • Frogtown Connection
  • Gender Justice
  • Girl Scouts River Valleys
  • Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber
  • Great River Chidren's Museum
  • Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota
  • Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
  • Honor the Earth
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • James J. Hill Reference Library
  • Jewish Community Action
  • Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
  • Just The Pill
  • Kayd Foundation
  • Kulture Klub Collaborative
  • League of Women Voters of Minnesota
  • Let People Vote Bryant
  • Lifetrack
  • Lifeworks Services, Inc.
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • Main Street Alliance of Minnesota
  • Mary's Pence
  • Merrick Community Services
  • Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
  • Minnesota AFL-CIO
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy 
  • Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
  • Minnesota Community Action Partnership
  • Minnesota Council on Foundations
  • Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Minnesota Humanities Center
  • Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • Minnesota Parent Teacher Association
  • Mission Momentum LLC
  • Missions Inc. Programs
  • MORE
  • Mount Olivet Rolling Acres, Inc.
  • MUUSJA - MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance
  • myHealth
  • National Association of Social Workers, MN Chapter
  • National Council of Jewish Women MN (NCJW)
  • National Youth Leadership Council
  • Neighbors, Inc.
  • New Americans Alliance for Development (NAAD)
  • Northside Economic Opportunity Network
  • OPEIU Local 12
  • OutFront Minnesota
  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Political Action Fund
  • Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
  • Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
  • SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
  • SEIU MN State Council
  • Sewa-Aifw
  • Sherburne History Center
  • Southside Family Nurturing Center
  • Springboard for the Arts
  • Stillwater Express Solutions
  • Support Within Reach
  • TakeAction Minnesota
  • Tapestry Folkdance Center
  • The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
  • The BrandLab
  • The Family Partnership
  • The Lift Garage
  • The Link
  • The Mobius Group
  • Theater Mu
  • Three Rivers Community Action
  • Touchstone Mental Health
  • Twin Cities Medical Society
  • Twin Cities Pride
  • UFCW Local 1189
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Way of Steele County
  • Urban League Twin Cities
  • Vienna Community Arts
  • VocalEssence
  • Voices for Racial Justice
  • Walk-In Counseling Center
  • Whole Woman’s Health Alliance
  • Women's Foundation of Minnesota
  • WoMN ACT
  • Working America, AFL-CIO
  • Youthprise
  • YWCA Mankato


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.