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Enhancing the common good.

Madison Community Foundation works with individuals, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations to enhance the common good through philanthropy. Thanks to the generosity of the people who give, nonprofits here and around the world have the resources they need to support the communities they serve.

Working Together

Whether MCF is working with donors 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's priority is to help donors give to the causes and communities they care about most. Donors choose from a variety of ways to give - today or through their wills and estate plans.

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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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An Extraordinary Year

"Together we are creating momentum. We are building a vibrant community where all people thrive."

- Diane Ballweg


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Paying It Forward

"Over its seventy-five-year history the Madison Community Foundation has made an incredible difference in this community."

- George Austin


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A Year of Giving

"The seventy-fifth anniversary has gone beyond our dreams. We’ve been able to work with so many wonderful nonprofits on so many great projects."

- Tom Linfield


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News Flash


Say Yes!

February 19, 2019

Philanthropist Diane Ballweg reflects on her time as Chair of Madison Community Foundation's Board of Governors.

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Blog: Building Blocks for the Common Good

February 5, 2019

"Palaces for the People" makes the case for libraries, schools, parks, and gardens as an antidote to social isolation and growing inequalities.

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Madison Reading Project is on the Move

January 24, 2019

When Rowan Childs learned that 2/3 of children living in poverty don't have books at home, she transformed her love of reading into providing free books for kids.

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Hey Nonprofits, It's OK to Say Thank You!

January 14, 2019

VP of Finance and Operations Ann Casey offers nonprofits sound advice about how and when to acknowledge donors' gifts.

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Madison Community Foundation announces 22 grants for education, arts, literacy and more

December 20, 2018

The Capital Times article shares news about the grants and stories of those impacted by the nonprofits they support.

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Stories of Impact


100 Black Men

Leaving a Legacy: James Tye and Gabriel Neves

When James Tye and Gabriel Neves decided to leave a charitable giving legacy, two words drove their decision: "Madison" and "lakes."


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100 Black Men

Arts in a New Light: Grant for a New Director at Overture Center

MCF's community Impact Grant for a Diversity and Inclusion Director at Overature Center is seeing important and impactful results.


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