Our work is structured in four broad policy categories:
I. Tax Policy
Sound tax policies that support nonprofits are one of the most important ways to help secure the resources necessary to effectively serve the public good and address community needs. MNA is committed to preserving the tax-exempt status of organizations contributing to the well-being of their communities and strengthening and expanding incentives for individuals to give their time and money to the organizations whose missions they support. In practice, this commitment means:
II. Public-Private Collaborations
Charitable nonprofits are private organizations that share a commitment with government to improving lives and communities throughout the state. MNA is dedicated to improving government-nonprofit contracting systems, and to strengthening the public-private partnership at all levels through collaboration and direct engagement.
III. Budget & Spending
Budget and spending decisions by governments affect all residents and these decisions can have immediate and significant consequences for the people nonprofits serve and the communities in which they operate, especially those that have been historically underserved and underrepresented.
MNA supports budget and spending decisions at all levels of government that encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion to build stronger, fairer communities and close resource gaps for marginalized people.
MNA opposes the offloading of government services onto nonprofits without paying nonprofits the cost of providing these services.
IV. Promoting Civic and Community Participation
The nonprofit sector plays a key role in the success of democracy in Michigan. MNA works to promote greater engagement of the citizenry, civic dialogue, open elections, and open government.
MNA supports the longstanding federal policy allowing 501(c)(3) nonprofits to engage in nonpartisan voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote activities so long as organizations are not coordinating their activities with political campaigns, political parties, or political action committees.
MNA aims to correct misperceptions and clarify lobbying laws and regulations to empower 501(c)(3) nonprofits to advocate fully and freely within the law.