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

2021 MN Elections: Helping you Get-Out-The-Vote

September 21, 2021

Did you know there are local elections is many cities across Minnesota this November?

You read that right – Election Day for many Minnesotans will be here in less than 2 months. On November 2, 2021, many cities and school districts across Minnesota will hold elections on city council members, school board members, and ballot questions. Both Minneapolis and Saint Paul have elections, along with 21 other cities and over 100 school districts.

2021 Voter Mobilization Toolkit coverTo help ensure nonprofit communities register and vote, MCN prepared a Voter Mobilization Toolkit to support your nonprofit's efforts! In the toolkit you will find:

  • A dozen easy, cost effective ways to Get-Out-The-Vote
  • Sample social media messages and images for your use 
  • Assurance that yes indeed, nonprofits can engage in nonpartisan voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization work
  • A list of which cities and school districts are holding elections this year
  • And more! 

All nonprofit Voter Mobilization resources, including sample social media messages and images, can be found here.

For more resources, visit MCN’s Nonprofits and Elections page.


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.