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Public Policy

2022 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 390,000 dedicated staff, over 9,000 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, particularly lower-income and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Minnesotans, through budget, tax, and economic policies. 
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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.


Policy Updates

Join in urging congress to enact nonprofit policy priorities

July 28, 2021

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and other statewide associations of nonprofits are calling on charitable organizations to join in the effort to advocate for inclusion of immediate relief for nonprofits in legislation moving through Congress.

This past week, 55 national nonprofit organizations sent a letter to President Biden and congressional leaders identifying challenges charitable organizations continue to face and seeking support for urgently needed policy objectives that will enable charitable organizations to contribute to the nation’s relief, recovery, and rebuilding.

Sign On Today!

The letter states: “Given our unique role of providing pandemic relief and economic recovery, we ask that Congress and the Administration enact a package of relief solutions tailored to the actual needs and realities of these organizations that, like you, are devoted to serving the public good.” Those solutions include:

  • Nonprofit Jobs: Enactment of the WORK NOW Act, improvements to the Employee Retention Tax Credit, collection and timely reporting of nonprofit employment data; and
  • Nonprofit Resources: Extension and expansion of the Universal Charitable Deduction, protection of the itemized charitable donation deduction, appropriation of emergency grant funds, preservation of the ARPA state/local funds, and expansion of broadband.

The Charitable Nonprofit Policy Priorities Letter is open to all organizations that support the policy objectives and the work of charitable organizations in communities. Take action now!

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.