Madison Community Foundation

Established in 1942, the mission of the Madison Community Foundation is to encourage, facilitate and manage long-term philanthropy. MCF was formed as the Madison Community Trust Fund for the purpose of encouraging and assisting charitable enterprises in the metropolitan area of the City of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Original assets were war bonds, collected to assist area soldiers returning from World War II. The GI Bill later served this purpose, and assets lay largely dormant for approximately forty years.

In 1986, longtime area resident Jane Coleman became the foundation's first executive director. For ten years, she built the structure and base upon which the foundation stands. When our current President, Kathleen Woit assumed leadership in 1997, MCF was managing 70 individual funds with assets of more than $40 million. Since that time, the foundation has grown to encompass a family of more than 860 individual funds, and assets in excess of $100 million.

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Recent News from Madison Community Foundation

Madison365 Week in Review for January 13
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Madison Community Foundation continues its Year of Giving by awarding its ninth grant to Amplify Madison, which is a YWCA program that helps women leaders in the nonprofit sector. Sharpen their...more

Libraries: More than just book repositories
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

At the Madison Community Foundation, we believe that great libraries make for great communities and have been proud to be part of the significant growth of Dane County library usage over the past 10...more

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison Bike Collection Day set for Jan. 13
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

“Mad About Bikes will provide access for all riders, regardless of economic status, and help them take advantage of Madison's Platinum-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community,” said Tom...more

Black Power III: 35 influential African-American leaders in Wisconsin
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

After several years with the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, she joined Madison Community Foundation, where she leads fundraising efforts for Madison's top charitable fund management organization....more

Elver Park snow-making a skier's dream come true
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

At one point, the Madison Community Foundation even invested $150,000 toward new grooming equipment and a water well at Elver Park, with the idea of providing winter sledding and skiing for kids in...more

Madison Community Foundation Pledges $84000 to Boost City Bicycle Initiatives
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Key elements of the grant are a 1,000-bicycle giveaway, the installation of new roadside repair stations throughout the city and multiple bicycle repair internships for local youth. This grant is one...more

'Community' schools open up buildings
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Community schools have also been supported by a $300,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation, $120,000 from Madison Gas and Electric and $10,000 from the Magic Pebble Foundation. Nichelle...more

Endowment fund enhances library's efforts
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

A few years back, the library and its board set up an endowment fund with the Madison Community Foundation (MCF) and now has the opportunity to get a $50,000 Challenge Grant from the foundation. The...more

Evjue Foundation awards $854550 in grants to Madison-area causes, topping $2.3 million for 2017
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, today announced it has awarded grants totaling $854,550 to 44 community ... Among recipients of major grants was Access Community Health...more

Heinen: What a year
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The Madison Community Foundation celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017 with a Year of Giving campaign that reminded us just how important...more

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