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Madison Community Foundation stewards local, charitable funds for individuals, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations. With its local knowledge and assets, MCF inspires giving, supports meaningful initiatives and connects people for the common good.

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Whether MCF is teaming up with local nonprofits or helping advisors with their clients' charitable giving, it’s a great feeling to know we all share a common goal to create meaningful change.

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Our Past

"We have had a part in every major civic project in Madison for the last 25 years."

- Kathleen Woit


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A Great Vision

"We need to provide our citizens with an easy, safe and beautiful way to go between the city and the lake."

- David Mollenhoff


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Our Future

"It's important to be giving back. The community foundation has so many ways that they make that easy."

- Sally Wilmeth


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News Flash

WISC-TV: Madison Community Foundation grant will expand library program to community centers

August 17, 2017

The $55,000 grant will launch The Bubbler makerspace program at 13 community centers 

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Northside News: Vera Court Neighborhood Center receives $50,000 grant

June/July 2017

Grant helping close achievement gap for area students

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State Journal editorial: Think big about Madison's waterfront

May 16, 2017

A bold and exciting plan for Downtown Madison's lakefront is getting a boost, with Madison Communtiy Foundation announcing a $27,500 grant 

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MCF Encourages Support of Statewide Donor Tax Credit

Mar. 2017

Endow Wisconsin Tax Credit Initiative would keep donor dollars in Wisconsin

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Local Nonprofit Leader Joins MCF

Mar. 2017

MCF welcomes David Koehler as new Vice President of Donor Engagement

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The City That Philanthropy Built

Feb. 2017

Madison Magazine features MCF's history, impact and 75th anniversary celebration.

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Stories of Change


100 Black Men

Planning for the Future: Jane Earl

Jane Earl’s career has taken her across the country, but when the northern Wisconsin native moved to Madison in 2006, she knew in an instant she would never change zip codes again.


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100 Black Men

Onward Odyssey: Tai’Kiah Phillips Is Rocking College and Motherhood

Recognizing the role higher education plays in economic empowerment, A Fund For Women selected Onward Odyssey – Empowering Women to receive a $20,000 grant in its 2016 cycle.


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