What’s the Difference Between Minnesota Family Council and Minnesota Family Institute?
Minnesota Family Council’s dual purpose to equip and mobilize Christians as “salt and light” in the public arena requires two distinct types of organization for maximum effectiveness:
Minnesota Family Council (MFC) is an issue advocacy organization that provides a strong and respected voice for biblical principles in the legislature and engages the Christian community across Minnesota to advocate on behalf of those values and hold elected officials accountable for their actions. With our grassroots network, MFC works to secure the sanctity of human life, protect marriage, defend parental rights, promote school choice, defend religious freedom and eradicate pornography and gambling in our society. As a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, gifts to MFC are NOT tax-deductible.
Minnesota Family Institute (MFI), our educational subsidiary, provides biblical worldview and Christian citizenship training, issue research and analysis, and non-partisan voter education and participation support for our church network and grassroots constituents. In addition, Northstar Legal Center, operating as a project of MFI, provides continuing legal education for attorneys and networks with local and national allies to uphold biblical principles and religious liberty in the courts. As a 501(c)(3) educational organization, gifts to MFI ARE tax-deductible.
Minnesota Family Institute Policy on Political Activities:
As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Minnesota Family Institute (MFI) cannot intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Violation of this prohibition could cause MFI to lose its tax-exempt status or incur excise taxes imposed on political expenditures. To ensure that MFI does not jeopardize its tax-exempt status or incur excise taxes on political expenditures, MFI, including any individual acting on behalf of MFI, will not engage in any of the following on MFI property, during any MFI function, or otherwise using MFI resources or facilities: endorsing any candidate for public office; donating or contributing to any candidate’s campaign; participating or engaging in political fundraising events; publishing or distributing statements for or against any candidate; and engaging in any other activity that favors or opposes any candidate.