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Why give to MCF?

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.

Working Together

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.


Working With Nonprofits

MCF has teamed up with local nonprofits to help our community flourish through grants.

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Working With Financial Advisors

With MCF, advisors gain access to tools and resources to assist their clients in giving effectively while receiving maximum tax benefits.

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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


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


Our Future

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

- Sally Wilmeth



News Flash

The Cap Times: Renovated Penn Park shelter expected to open in May

April 6, 2018

Penn Park’s renovated open-air shelter is scheduled to open this spring.

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BLOG: Storytelling Strengthens Community and Philanthropy

April 10, 2018

MCF's 75th Anniversary Year of Giving unleashes the power of storytelling

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BLOG: Playing the Investment Long Game

March 27, 2018

MCF investment strategies ensure permanence and sustainability 

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Penn Park Pride

March 14, 2018

Madison Community Foundation announces 75th anniversary grant #11 

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BLOG: 6 Reasons to Choose a Donor-Advised Fund

March 13, 2018

Why donor-advised funds (DAFs) are the fastest-growing vehicle for philanthropy 

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Stories of Impact

100 Black Men

Leaving a Legacy: James Tye and Gabriel Neves

When James Tye and Gabriel Neves decided to leave a charitable giving legacy, two words drove their decision: "Madison" and "lakes."

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100 Black Men

Arts in a New Light: Grant for a New Director at Overature Center

MCF's community Impact Grant for a Diversity and Inclusion Director at Overature Center is seeing important and impactful results.

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