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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

MCF Launches a New Blog

February 13, 2018

MCF's blog will be a team effort

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WISC-TV: MCF Year of Giving grant to reclaim city ash 

February 13, 2018

MCF grant reclaims city ash trees and turns them into beautiful art and more

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WISC-TV: MCF Year of Giving Grant to amplify Madison

January 10, 2018

MCF grant aims at strengthening ... greater Madison’s greatest assets

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Child in bike helmet smiling

“Mad About Bikes” Kicks Off With Bike Collection Day

January 3, 2018

MCF grant helps new nonprofit donate 1,000 refurbished bikes to area youth

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WISC-TV For the Record: Celebrating 75 years of the Madison Community Foundation

December 22, 2017

Neil Heinen talks to Madison Community Foundation about the organization's anniversary

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WISC-TV: Madison Community Foundation Announces Grant #8: Mad About Bikes

December 13, 2017

Grant celebrates Madison's biking culture and increases access to biking for everyone

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Stories of Impact

100 Black Men

Summer Scribes: Vera Court Neighborhood Center

A Community Impact grant to raise reading levels at Vera Court Community Center inspired summer campers to publish their own book.

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100 Black Men

From Immigrant to Entrepreneur: Literacy Network

MCF grant to support Literacy Network’s new building and endowment will help people like Lorena Villalobos reach new heights.

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