Advocacy & Policy

One of the most important elements of MNN’s mission is to advocate for policies that support Massachusetts nonprofits and against those that make it more difficult for nonprofits to pursue their charitable mission.

To achieve these ends, MNN works with legislators and elected and appointed officials to educate them and garner their support. MNN also works with nonprofits across the state to involve them in these efforts through education and engagement at critical points in the legislative process.

MNN’s 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the Commonwealth’s nonprofit community and brings together all parts of the nonprofit ecosystem – organizations, funders, community and business leaders, and elected and appointed officials – to strengthen the capacity of the sector. MNN recently outlined its 2017-2018 public policy agenda, which focuses on the following four issues:
1. Strengthening nonprofit and government partnerships
2. Ensuring fair tax policy and supporting accountability
3. Encouraging innovation and talent
4. Increasing philanthropy, volunteerism, and civic engagement

See the full agenda.

MNN’s Advocacy Action Center

This Action Center provides you with resources to find and contact your legislators, take action on MNN’s advocacy campaigns, track bills that are critical to the nonprofit sector, and more. Nonprofit employees can be a powerful voice for the sector and the clients they serve, particularly when we work together. Visit MNN’s Advocacy Action Center.

MNN’s Policymaker Roundtable Series

This series of members-only meetings across the state brings together MNN members and government leaders throughout the year. We believe that expanding MNN’s policy and advocacy work will benefit our members and increase the support for the vital work nonprofits do. Learn more about MNN’s Policymaker Roundtable.

Commonwealth Insights

MNN’s Commonwealth Insights publications highlight policy, issues, and trends important to the nonprofit sector. In each edition, we’ll feature data and stories that illustrate the full depth and breadth of the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts. See past editions of Commonwealth Insights.











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What policy makers are saying about us

“The nonprofit sector and the organizations and people associated with it are the backbone of Massachusetts.”

– Stan Rosenberg, Senate President 

“Every day, nonprofits in Massachusetts make a difference in our state, enriching the lives of our children, our families and our communities. I want to thank the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for its commitment to the growth and success of these terrific groups.”

– Robert DeLeo, House Speaker