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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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An Extraordinary Year

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

- Diane Ballweg


Paying It Forward

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

- George Austin


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



News Flash

That Nagging Feeling

September 20, 2018

Donor Engagement VP David Koehler shares insights on how nonprofits can strengthen relationships with loyal supporters through strong planned giving programs.

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A "Bunch" of Tax Planning Ideas

September 4, 2018

Finance and Operations VP Ann Casey explains the benefits of donor advised funds as end-of-year giving solutions now that the new tax laws are in place.

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Bridging the Out-of-School Gap

August 21, 2018

Community Impact VP Tom Linfield makes the case for philanthropic support for out-of-school learning programs that enrich children whose families can afford them.

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Why Endowments Rock

August 7, 2018

President Bob Sorge is a fan of endowment funds for the consistent community resources they provide and for the benefit to donors of knowing their generosity will support innovative and effective causes.

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Worth A Thousand Words

July 17, 2018

Communications Director Brennan Nardi tells the stories behind her favorite pictures from MCF's 75th Anniversary Year of Giving.

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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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