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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

WISCTV: MCF Announces Grant #5: First Nations Heritage Tour

October, 2017

New Native American heritage sites will be established near five Madison elementary schools

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Madison365: Sagashus Levingston's Remarkable Story Will Highlight A Fund for Women's Annual Dinner

September 29, 2017

Auther and entrepreneur, Levingston will debut play adaption of "Infamous Mothers" book

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Madison365: "You have to be optimistic:" A Conversation with Madison Community Foundation's Angela Davis

September 21, 2017

A Fund for Women's staff liaison Angela Davis shares why the work matters

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WISC-TV: Madison Community Foundation's Year of Giving offers 'I Am Madison'

September 14, 2017

The  $82,000 grant will fund 26 journalists of color to tell Madison's unique and untold stories on Madison365

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WISC-TV: March shows unified community responding positive to recent gun violence

August 23, 2017

Madison Community Foundation supported children and nonviolence by marching in unity 

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WISC-TV: Madison Community Foundation grant will expand library program to community centers

August 17, 2017

The $55,000 grant will launch The Bubbler makerspace program at 13 community centers 

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Northside News: Vera Court Neighborhood Center receives $50,000 grant

June/July 2017

Grant helping close achievement gap for area students

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Stories of Change

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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