Policy in Focus
Take Note: Rural Issues Front and Center in 2016 Legislative Session
Legislative leaders talk about what DFL and GOP lawmakers propose for Greater Minnesota in this MPR interview. (Posted: Feb. 10, 2016)
Take Note: Senate Committee Considers Early Childhood Education and Workforce Development
The Minnesota Legislature doesn’t convene until March 8 but committees are working now. Take a look at the Minnesota Department of Education report on early childhood education the Senate Education Committee received on February 2. The committee had a joint meeting with the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on February 9 to consider options for strengthening Minnesota’s workforce. (Posted: Feb. 10, 2016)
Take Note: Minnesota’s Legislative Leaders Discuss Plans and Challenges for the 2016 Session
Take Note: Report Provides “Tea Leaves” for Possible Changes in Minnesota for Estate, Inheritance and Gift Taxes
Take Note: Series to Layout the Role of Philanthropy and Nonprofits in Voter Engagement
Take Action: Prepare Yourself for the Minnesota Legislature's 2016 Session
The Minnesota legislature doesn't convene until March 8, but leaders and committees will get to work in January to get a jump on the short, eight-week session. The Star Tribune is running a three-part series of editorials and commentaries, "Minnesota's Growing Divide," to provide context for the upcoming session. The challenges of addressing widening income gaps - by race and geography - loom great, as do questions about transportation, higher education, keeping talent in the state, and extending high quality broadband infrastructure throughout the state. Other publications will be offering legislative session previews and we will share that information with you as it becomes available. But, this Star Tribune series is a good place to start developing an understanding of how decisions made in St. Paul this spring are likely to effect you, your grantees and the communities you serve. (Posted: Dec. 14, 2015)
MCF's public policy goals are (1) to expand philanthropy, charitable giving and Minnesota's community of grantmakers, and (2) to create a more prosperous, inclusive and equitable Minnesota by eliminating disparities. The Legislative Statement is MCF's compendium of public policy statements and positions. The Annual Advocacy Agenda includes initiatives that are the focus for proactive development during the current year.
Public Policy Programs
MCF's Public Policy Programs help you increase the impact of your grantmaking. Issue Briefings and other programs connect what's happening in public policy to the issues you are working on through your grantmaking. In the Policy Connections Institute you develop concrete strategies for sharing information about research and what you are learning through your grantmaking with elected officials, at the national and state levels. We connect you with elected officials through events such as Coffee with Congress and Foundations on the Hill. You can increase your advocacy and public policy knowledge and skills while also developing Minnesota grantmakers shared advocacy agenda as a member of MCF's Government Relations and Public Policy Committee.
Resources for Action
We provide you with tools and connections with MCF partners to help you learn more about grantmaker engagement in public policy and to connect you with peers who share an interest in issues that affect your grantmaking interests. You take responsibility for knowing who represents you in Congress and the Minnesota Legislature, so we can be stronger partners in advocacting for policies that promote charitable giving and inclusion and equity for all Minnesotans.
Commitment to Advocacy
MCF sees Minnesota's stark and persistent racial, ethnic and economic disparities as a threat to future prosperity and the common good. We catalyze philanthropy's voices on key public policy issues that advance a more prosperous, inclusive and equitable Minnesota, along with those that grow and sustain philanthropy and charitable giving. We provide education, skill-building and convening support for Minnesota grantmakers to help increase the impact of their grantmaking through advocacy and public policy. We amplify the voices of Minnesota grantmakers through a robust public policy program that draws upon a full range of advocacy tools to advance a public policy agenda that corresponds to MCF members' top grantmaking interests and draws from the work of issue-based member networks and coalitions. MCF's advocacy and public policy services are guided by its Government Relations and Public Policy Policies and Procedures. (MCF Strategic Plan - Leadership for the Future - 2012 to 2014)