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About Madison Community Foundation

The mission of Madison Community Foundation is to enhance the common good through philanthropy.

Created in 1942 as Madison Community Trust, MCF helps people do their charitable giving their way, to causes they care about most. By starting a named endowment fund, giving to a Community Impact Fund, a fund that supports a favorite cause or nonprofit, or a variety of other funds, donors become catalysts for good today and for generations to come. 

As the community’s foundation, MCF plays a vital role in local philanthropy. MCF is unique in its deep knowledge of the community and philanthropic expertise. Together with donors and the nonprofits they support, MCF strives to help the Madison area become a vibrant and generous place where all people thrive.

From May 2017 to May 2018, MCF celebrated its 75th anniversary as a trusted steward of the community’s good will, a permanent source of giving for donors, and a model of sustainability. Two major initiatives, the 75th Anniversary Year of Giving and a campaign to welcome more than 100 new Legacy Society members, shined a light on the impact of donor generosity and the unique natural and cultural assets of our community. As part of the celebration, MCF made its largest gift in the organization's history$1.1 million challenge grant to Foundation for Madison's Public Schools to grow the innovative Community Schools Initiative. 

In December 2018, MCF awarded $813,000 in Community Impact grants to 22 Dane County nonprofits, bringing the total annual giving from Community Impact funds to $2.2 million. Together with donors who direct their own giving, MCF grants some $12 million annually to causes close to home and around the world.

MCF is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) community trust, as designated by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Endowment fund assets are invested in either a broadly diversified or socially responsive portfolio. Charitable distributions can be made to any charity throughout the United States, and can benefit people and support charitable causes close to home and around the world.

About Community Foundations

Community foundations are charitable organizations created through gifts from people who care about a particular community or geographic area. At MCF, over 90% of gifts go into endowed funds. Endowments are permanent funds. Anyone can contribute any amount of money to a community foundation, which invests these gifts for growth and income. A community foundation then makes grants that strengthen their community. Any individual, business or qualified charity can start an endowment fund, which is managed by their community foundation in perpetuity, meaning that gifts made to it will continue to grow and provide resources for their own community forever.

Today, nearly 800 U.S. community foundations collectively grant more than $6.5 billion each year and manage more than $82 billion in charitable assets, according to the Community Foundations Public Awareness Initiative.

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