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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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An Extraordinary Year

"Together we are creating momentum. We are building a vibrant community where all people thrive."

- Diane Ballweg


Paying It Forward

"Over its seventy-five-year history the Madison Community Foundation has made an incredible difference in this community."

- George Austin


A Year of Giving

"The seventy-fifth anniversary has gone beyond our dreams. We’ve been able to work with so many wonderful nonprofits on so many great projects."

- Tom Linfield



News Flash

Madison Community Foundation announces 22 grants for education, arts, literacy and more

December 20, 2018

The Capital Times article shares news about the grants and stories of those impacted by the nonprofits they support.

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Madison Community Foundation Awards $813,000 in Community Impact Grants

December 20, 2018

The grants bring the total giving during 2018 to more than $2.2 million, all made possible by donors who support MCF’s Community Impact funds.

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Behind the Scenes Changemaker: Madison Community Foundation

December 7, 2018

Local magazine Edible Madison features MCF's partnership with nonprofits to advance equity, learning, and economic develpment through innovative food and social impact projects.

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Middleton Endowment Awards 5 Grants to Benefit 7 Area Nonprofits

December 6, 2018

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Gio's Garden, and Middleton Youth Center are among the recipients.

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Hey Nonprofits, It's OK to Say Thank You!

January 14, 2019

VP of Finance and Operations Ann Casey offers nonprofits sound advice about how and when to acknowledge donors' gifts.

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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 Overture 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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