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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.

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

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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


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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


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Our Future

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

- Sally Wilmeth


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News Flash

WISC-TV: Year of Giving grant helps Madison shine for holidays

November 14, 2017

MCF announces gift of $65,000 to launch the first annual holiday lighting celebration for downtown Madison

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The Cap Times: Shining a light on local generosity

November 13, 2017

MCF Board Chair Diane Ballweg calls attention to Madison's generosity and the impact of MCF's donors

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WISC-TV: 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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Stories of Change


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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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