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Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN)
05/21/18 5:00 PM
Awards to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for outstanding efforts that contribute to a better quality of life in the region. These awards will be given in various categories for work related to community solutions, advocacy strategies, anti-prejudice activities, and responsive philanthropic initiatives.
Award categories are divided as follows:
Innovation: This award recognizes creative applications and nontraditional approaches to solving community challenges. Nominated nonprofit innovations should:
- Bring creative solutions to community challenges;
- Employ a variety of strategies in developing these solutions; and
- Collaborate with other nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies in their efforts.
Advocacy: This award recognizes advocacy as one of the most effective and unique roles of nonprofit organizations. Nominated organizations should:
- Implement an effective advocacy strategy;
- Demonstrate success in its advocacy efforts; and
- Have a significant impact on the organization's constituency.
Anti-Racism Initiative: The Anti-Racism Initiative Award recognizes an organization that actively engages audiences in anti-racism activities. Nominated organizations should:
- Work to eliminate prejudice and racism in society;
- Demonstrate a commitment to pluralism and inclusively; and
- Develop unique and thought-provoking strategies to combat racism.
Responsive Philanthropy: This award recognizes the partnership between funders and nonprofits in mobilizing resources for public benefit. Nominated organizations should:
- Be responsive to citizen initiatives;
- Recognize public policy issues and long-term strategies to fight problems; and
- Commit substantial resources to disadvantaged people and Minnesota communities through a process of dialogue and partnership.
GrantWatch ID#: 143447
Nonprofit Mission Award Recipients Receive:
- The honor and distinction of being recognized as a leader among Minnesota’s nonprofits during the 2018 MCN Annual Conference in St. Paul
- A professional video production from Open Window Productions capturing the organization's work for which it is receiving the award.
- A one-of-a-kind art glass award engraved with the organization’s name
- A feature profile of the organization in MCN’s Nonprofit News reaching 14,000 nonprofit managers
- A small cash award (except for the winner of the Responsive Philanthropy award)
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Nominate for Anti-Racism Initiative: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9WHSNN9
Nominate for Responsive Philanthropy: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9R8CH8S
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