Madison Community Foundation Blog Archive

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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 Fugure

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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Staff of YWCA Madison host a session at the 2019 Moxie Conference

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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