Where to Give

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Madison Community Foundation is here to help you do your charitable giving, your way. You can give to an MCF grantmaking fund, start your own fund, or leave a gift in your will or estate plan.

Donor Opportunities to Strengthen the Madison area

Madison Community Foundation is a place where everyone has the opportunity to make a gift of any amount to support a wide variety of organizations and causes across Dane County.

Priority Fund

Donors provide unrestricted support that gives MCF the flexibility to pursue the community foundation’s as well as the broader community’s greatest opportunities to make a difference.

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Community Impact Fund

The Community Impact Fund is at the heart of MCF’s mission to enhance the common good through philanthropy. The fund invests in a broad array of agencies in Dane County, and donors support grantmaking that positively impacts lives and our community for the long term. 

Program, capital and endowment grants are made in five focus areas: arts and culture, learning, community development, the environment, and nonprofit capacity building.

Community Impact grants help nonprofits create and expand programs; construct, purchase and renovate facilities; fund land acquisitions; buy equipment; and support long-term financial sustainability.

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Field of Interest Funds

Donors support any of MCF's nine areas of interest: arts and culture, the environment, learning, women and girls, children and youth, basic needs/social services, the elderly, community development, and nonprofit capacity building. 

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Donors may also support a more specific or personal interest area by starting their own Field of Interest Fund.

Nonprofit Endowments

These funds support a variety of nonprofits, ensuring regular, sustained support to those organizations.

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View a List of Nonprofit Endowments

Regional Giving Partners

Donors who want to support communities—where they live, work and play, or where they grew up—may give to one of MCF's six regional partner communities outside Madison. Learn more about our partners in Columbus, Lodi, Middleton, Monona, Portage and Rio.


Madison Community Foundation administers approximately 90 scholarship funds. The more than $220,000 in annual scholarship grants awarded through these funds represents a tremendous financial resource to students throughout Dane County and beyond. 

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Find a Fund by Name

Search for any fund by keyword. Individuals, families, companies and organizations have established funds at MCF to benefit specific causes and organizations close to home or far away. Honor them with a gift to their fund.

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Start a New Fund

MCF offers a variety of funds to meet your short- and long-term charitable giving goals.

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Leave a Gift in Your Will or Estate Plan

Donors who name Madison Community Foundation as a beneficiary in their wills and estate plans become members of MCF’s Legacy Society and are recognized as special partners in philanthropy and planned giving. Legacy donors may also choose to remain anonymous.

Leave a legacy gift

I think anyone who decides to invest in Madison Community Foundation should know that those of us who are doing it now do it because we have absolute confidence in the people who will be making decisions that our wishes will be carried out.”
- Carol Toussaint, donor, Legacy Society member

Leaving a planned gift? Let us know and join our Legacy Society.