Mission and Vision

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The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector. It is the largest state association of nonprofits in the United States. Through MCN, nonprofits join together across interest areas to work on issues of common concern to all.

MCN accomplishes its mission in five ways:

  1. Education and professional development for nonprofit managers and leaders;
  2. Public policy education and civic engagement;
  3. Cost saving product partnerships;
  4. Research on nonprofit sector trends and tax and budget issues; and
  5. Advocacy at local, state, and federal levels.

MCN works to inform, promote, connect, and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit organizations accomplish their missions for a healthy, cooperative, and just society.

MCN is dedicated to investing in the values of celebrating the power of community, listening to build and acting to earn trust; working to co-create a joyful and liberated world, and prioritizing learning in all aspects of our work. Read MCN’s Stated Values

  • Advance equity and justice
  • Promote Nonprofits as Essential Community Resources

For more information on MCN’s strategic priorities, implementation, and ongoing decision making, download the Strategy RoadmapIn November 2019, the board of directors adopted a change to one of the strategic priorities. To learn more, read the new strategic priority on equity and justice. Additionally, please read MCN’s Statement of Racism as a Public Health Crisis.

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits makes annual reports, audits, Form 990s, and other forms available to its members and the public to remain transparent regarding the organization’s activities, finances, and impact.