August 16, 2023

MCF's Hate-Free Grantmaking Policy

Fundholders at MCF recommend distributions from their funds to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, and generally MCF honors their requests. However, all grant and distribution requests do require board approval. We do this to ensure that organizations meet the IRS requirements as nonprofits eligible to receive the grants, and to ensure that grantmaking made by and through MCF does not support activities that are contrary to our mission, vision and values.

MCF's Hate-Free Grantmaking Policy

“Madison Community Foundation will not knowingly support any organizations that discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or arrest or conviction record, or any other discriminatory basis prohibited by applicable local, state and federal law (anti-discrimination status).

“Further MCF will not make grants to nonprofit organizations that the Foundation believes, in its sole discretion, intend to support or engage in hateful activities. We consider hateful activities to mean activities that incite or engage in violence, dehumanization, intimidation, harassment, threats, defamation, or misinformation targeting an individual or group based on their anti-discrimination status.”

MCF may rely on external sources to determine whether an organization is engaged in Hateful Activities and therefore ineligible to receive grants.

Living by Our Values

MCF works to ensure it lives by its values and accomplishes its mission with all its actions. This policy is one of many ways we do this. If you have any questions about this policy, please let us know.

MCF's Mission, Vision and Values

MCF works tirelessly to ensure it lives by its values, accomplishes its mission, and achieves its vision with all its actions.


To enhance the common good through philanthropy.


Greater Madison will be a vibrant and generous place where all people thrive.


We create trust by acting with transparency.

We inspire giving to improve our world.

We identify opportunities, align actions and produce results.

We build endowments to create a legacy for the future.

We advance fairness, inclusion and respect.

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