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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

WISCTV: MCF Announces Grant #5: First Nations Heritage Tour

New Native American heritage sites will be established near five Madison elementary schools

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Madison365: Sagashus Levingston's Remarkable Story Will Highlight A Fund for Women's Annual Dinner

Auther and entrepreneur, Levingston will debut play adaption of "Infamous Mothers" book

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Madison365: "You have to be optimistic:" A Conversation with Madison Community Foundation's Angela Davis

A Fund for Women's staff liaison Angela Davis shares why the work matters

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WISC-TV: Madison Community Foundation's Year of Giving offers 'I Am Madison'

The  $82,000 grant will fund 26 journalists of color to tell Madison's unique and untold stories on Madison365

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WISC-TV: March shows unified community responding positive to recent gun violence

August 23, 2017

Madison Community Foundation supported children and nonviolence by marching in unity 

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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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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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