75th Anniversary Year of Giving

MCF Vice Chair Enid Glenn helps kick off MCF's Year of Giving on Tuesday, May 16 at Monona Terrace. Photo by Madison365

To mark its 75th Anniversary Madison Community Foundation will award 12 major gifts totaling nearly $1 million to the community during the coming year.  The nonprofit recipients of each grant were chosen to reflect many of the Madison area’s most unique natural and cultural assets, including our children and families, history and heritage, learning and education, arts and culture, environment and more.

"Our community is home to so many unique features that are important to our quality of life," says MCF President Bob Sorge. "Together with our donors, we’re thrilled to support and celebrate these community treasures."

The grant projects will be revealed throughout the year. As each is announced we will update the listings below to provide a description of the project, and we’ll share events and news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Year of Giving Grants

Evolution Madison

This grant provides funds for a feasibility study to move the Nolen Waterfront project forward, as well as an art exhibit that explores dreams about Madison’s future with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Read More

Back to the Beach

Clean Lakes Alliance and Madison Community Foundation team up to reimagine Madison's beaches. This program will spark community interest and input on lakeside parks and beach conditions with a comprehensive report, contests and events. Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Capitol Century
Capitol Century

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of one of Madison's most unique and loved assets—the state Capitol. MCF celebrates the occasion with three grants totaling $75,000.  Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Beyond the Bubbler
Beyond the Bubbler

Madison Community Foundation along with Madison Public Library and The Bubbler announce Beyond the Bubbler, a major initiative to provide unique learning experiences for youth who attend Madison-area neighborhood and community centers.  Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents I Am Madison
I Am Madison

Madison Community Foundation and Madison365 announce the launch of I Am Madison, a paid internship program that will offer 26 young journalists of color the opportunity to engage and chronicle their communities through multimedia storytelling. This is the fifth major grant from Madison Community Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Year of Giving.  Read More

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Bringing People Together

Throughout 2017 and beyond, MCF will continue to do what it’s done for decades – bring people together to give gifts and create legacies for the community they love. These will strengthen our community today, tomorrow and for generations to come, providing transformational grants. Add your voice to our story. 


$1,000 Legacy Society Matching Gift

During our anniversary year each new legacy commitment will be honored with a $1,000 matching gift.


Give to the Community Impact Fund

The Community Impact Fund is a unique way to make great things happen together.