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Why give to MCF?

Madison Community Foundation stewards local, charitable funds for individuals, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations. With its local knowledge and assets, MCF inspires giving, supports meaningful initiatives and connects people for the common good.

Working Together

Whether MCF is teaming up with local nonprofits or helping advisors with their clients' charitable giving, it’s a great feeling to know we all share a common goal to create meaningful change.


Working With Nonprofits

MCF has teamed up with local nonprofits to help our community flourish through grants.

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Working With Financial Advisors

With MCF, advisors gain access to tools and resources to assist their clients in giving effectively while receiving maximum tax benefits.

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Our Past

"We have had a part in every major civic project in Madison for the last 25 years."

- Kathleen Woit


A Great Vision

"We need to provide our citizens with an easy, safe and beautiful way to go between the city and the lake."

- David Mollenhoff


Our Future

"It's important to be giving back. The community foundation has so many ways that they make that easy."

- Sally Wilmeth



News Flash

State Journal editorial: Think big about Madison's waterfront

May 16, 2017

A bold and exciting plan for Downtown Madison's lakefront is getting a boost, with Madison Communtiy Foundation announcing a $27,500 grant 

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MCF Encourages Support of Statewide Donor Tax Credit

Mar. 2017

Endow Wisconsin Tax Credit Initiative would keep donor dollars in Wisconsin.

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Local Nonprofit Leader Joins MCF

Mar. 2017

MCF welcomes David Koehler as new Vice President of Donor Engagement.

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The City That Philanthropy Built

Feb. 2017

Madison Magazine features MCF's history, impact and 75th anniversary celebration.

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Middleton Endowment Awards 5 Grants to Area Nonprofits

Dec. 2016

The Middleton Endowment Committee awarded grants to Gilda’s Club, Glacier Creek Middle School, Middleton High School, Middleton Outreach Ministry and the 21st Century eSchool.

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MCF Awards $640,700 in Grants to 29 Local Nonprofits

Oct. 2016

Grants include $100,000 challenge grant to Aldo Leopold Foundation and $50,000 to build Sector67 a new home.

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A Fund for Women Awards $109,673 in grants to 6 local nonprofits

Oct. 2016

Grants support programs at Centro Hispano, Doyenne Group, The Road Home and more.

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Stories of Change

A Path to Giving:
Carol & John Toussaint

Carol Toussaint’s path to charitable giving began early in life, when her aunt asked her to volunteer for the Red Cross during World War II.

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100 Black Men

All Hands on Deck:
100 Black Men of Madison

When Madison native Chris Canty inquired about joining 100 Black Men of Madison, the response was a call to action: “Are you ready?”

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