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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

Legacy Donors Will Transform the Madison Area's Future

June 6, 2018

David Koehler looks at the impact of 101 new Legacy Society members on Madison's future.

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Community Schools Take Flight in Madison

May 22, 2018

Tom Linfield's big-picture view on MCF's largest grant ever.

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Amplifying the Voices of Women in Nonprofits

May 8, 2018

MCF Board Chair Diane Ballweg shares why women's leadership matters.

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Digging Into the Data

April 24, 2018

New MCF research sheds light on size and scope of Dane County nonprofits.

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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 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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