Madison Community Foundation Blog Archive

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Things I Learned From Our Recent Community Impact Grant Proposals

November 14, 2018

Tom Linfield reflects on some of the things he learned from the Community Impact grant proposals, as MCF prepares to distribute more than $800,000 in 2018 grantmaking dollars.

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Diversity Is Strength

November 1, 2018

It’s been five years since the Race to Equity Report was published, and the revelations of racial disparity it outlined have not been solved. Bob Sorge reflects on the momentum he sees growing for change, and how real change requires persistence, resources and time.

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Tackling Tough Questions About Dane County’s Nonprofit Sector

October 16, 2018

The number of nonprofits in Dane County doubled in the last 20 years. Does this proliferation represent a healthy sector, or one that’s full of redundancies and confusion?

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The Role of Storytelling in Measuring Impact

October 2, 2018

As a nonprofit, how do you measure impact? Collecting and sharing stories about the nonprofits we support, like Free Bikes 4 Kidz, may not show measurable impact, but it demonstrates how we are working to achieve our mission and vision.

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That Nagging Feeling

September 20, 2018

Thinking about planned giving can be intimidating when you’re a nonprofit professional who is busy with other pressing matters. But it’s too important to put off, and creating a strong program may be easier than you think.

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A “Bunch” of Tax Planning Ideas

September 4, 2018

The new tax laws make taking the standard deduction and simplifying your taxes sound attractive, but will you be leaving tax benefits on the table? You can maximize your deductions by “bunching” them into one year.

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Bridging the Out-of-School Gap

August 21, 2018

Research shows that by 6th grade, there is a 6,000-hour learning gap between children whose families can afford Out-of-School time programs, and those who cannot. Tom Linfield shares some of the programs in the Madison area working to change that.

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Why Endowments Rock

August 7, 2018

MCF President Bob Sorge shares how endowments empower experts adn innovators in the nonprofit sector to focus on what they do best, rather than forcing them to worry about how to make ends meet.

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A Thousand Words: MCF's Year of Giving in Pictures

July 17, 2018

As Madison Community Foundation celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a year of giving, Communication's Director Brennan Nardi and photographer Beth Skogen have photographed many of the grants in action. Here are a few of Brennan's favorites.

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What Andy Davey Is Reading This Summer

July 3, 2018

As Madison Community Foundation’s Community Resource Analyst, Andy keeps up with what researchers and practitioners are writing about the field of philanthropy. He shares a selection of what he's reading this summer, and what he's learned.

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Higher CGA Rates Provide New Opportunities for Donors

June 19, 2018

Earlier this spring, the American Council on Gift Annuities released new rate tables, raising the rate of income paid to donors for new charitable gift annuities as of July 1.

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Legacy Donors Will Transform the Madison Area’s Future

June 6, 2018

Over the past 18 months, Madison Community Foundation welcomed an astounding 101 new Legacy Society member households—individuals and couples who have included a gift of any amount in their will or estate plan to create a permanent legacy of giving.

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Community Schools Take Flight in Madison

May 22, 2018

What makes a great community? A great school. MCF continues to invest in Madison’s schools with a $1.1 million grant to expand MMSD’s Community Schools initiative into more than 10 neighborhoods over the next five years.

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Amplifying the Voices of Women in Nonprofits

May 8, 2018

"At some point in your life a door will open and let the future in!" MCF has been swinging doors open for 75 years, impacting projects and lives throughout Dane County. As part of our "Year of Giving," the Amplify Madison grant will build the capacity of women leaders in area nonprofits.

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I Am Madison

New MCF Research Sheds Light on Size, Scope of Dane County Nonprofit Sector

April 24, 2018

Madison has 1 nonprofit for every 151 people. Compared to a lot of cities—such as Austin, TX, which has 1 nonprofit for every 204 people—that’s a lot of nonprofits. But it’s less than the relative number of Ann Arbor, MI, which has 1 for every 110 people.

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I Am Madison

Storytelling Strengthens Community and Philanthropy

April 10, 2018

With every donor’s gift, and every grant we give, there is a unique and special story that provides insight into the work we do as part of our mission to enhance the common good through philanthropy.

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I Am Madison

Playing the Investment Long Game

March 27, 2018

Since 2006, Commonfund has served as Madison Community Foundation’s strategic investment partner assuring the sustainability of our permanent endowments. Ann Casey, Vice President of Finance and Operations, reflects on MCF's financial health during the ups and downs of stock market volatility.

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I Am Madison

6 Reasons to Start a Donor-Advised Fund


March 13, 2018

As giving has increased, so has the popularity of donor-advised funds (DAFs). David Koehler, Vice President of Donor Engagement, shares the benefits of establishing a fund to permanently support your favorite causes.

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I Am Madison

Inside the Impact of Dane County Nonprofits

February 27, 2018

What makes Madison special for you? Lakes? Education? Libraries? Arts? Festivals? Every day in Dane County, staff at 2,900 501(c)(3) nonprofits go to work to make this a better world for all.

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I Am Madison

MCF Blog Will be a Team Effort

February 13, 2018

We are excited to launch a shared blog, with content coming from President Bob Sorge, as well as several staff members on subjects ranging from grants to donor engagement, nonprofit effectiveness to tax changes, and many other timely topics.

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