Jon Pratt

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Jon Pratt, Executive Director

MN Council of Nonprofits

Jon Pratt has worked in nonprofit organizations for twenty years, including as attorney/lobbyist for an environmental organization (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), regional director for an alternative foundation (the Youth Project), and as director for a coalition formed by nonprofits to reform corporate and foundation philanthropy (the Philanthropy Project). In 1982 he was campaign manager for a candidate for Minnesota State Auditor, Paul Wellstone.

In 1987 he founded the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, an association of 1300 organizations that sponsors research, training, lobbying and negotiated discounts to strengthen Minnesota's nonprofit sector. He is a founding board member and has served as chair of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, Washington D.C., made up of 28 statewide associations of nonprofits with 20,000 nonprofit organization members.

He has authored research reports on nonprofit economic trends, philanthropy and legal issues. Jon is a frequent speaker on nonprofit topics and serves on the advisory committees for the National Center for Charitable Statistics and the Johns Hopkins University State of the Sector Project. Jon is also Contributing Editor of the Nonprofit Quarterly, a national journal based in Boston.

Pratt has a law degree from Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.