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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

$1 Million Estate Gift Will Support OutReach Forever

December 4, 2018

VP of Donor Engagement David Koehler shares news of a generous gift to support the LGBTQ community and inspire others to give back.

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Who Knew?

November 14, 2018

VP of Community Impact Tom Linfield shares a list of fascinating facts he learned while reviewing nonprofit grant proposals this fall.

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Diversity is Strength

November 1, 2018

President Bob Sorge reflects on Madison's five-year-old effort to place diversity, inclusion, and equity at the top of the community's agenda.

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Tackling Tough Questions About the Proliferation of Nonprofits

October 16, 2018

Community Resource Analyst Andy Davey's recent Madison Nonprofit Day presentation sparked a lively and honest conversation about the growth and health of the nonprofit sector in Dane County.

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The Role of Storytelling in Measuring Impact

October 2, 2018

Communications Director Brennan Nardi blogs about the challenges faced by nonprofits when it comes to measuring impact - and how MCF is using storytelling to support its own efforts.

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That Nagging Feeling

September 20, 2018

Donor Engagement VP David Koehler shares insights on how nonprofits can strengthen relationships with loyal supporters through strong planned giving programs.

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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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