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

Lodi Area Community Endowment celebrates 10th anniversary with $150000 campaign - The Lodi ...
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Lodi Area Community Endowment (LACE) announced the celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2019 with the launch of a $150,000 fundraising campaign to raise money and awareness of the charitable fund's...more

Madison365 Week in Review for March 17
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Madison's Penn Park will receive a $70,000 grant for renovations and programming due to the Madison Community Foundation's Year of Giving efforts. In support of middle school aged Black girls, the...more

Explainer: What is Madison doing to better connect the downtown to its lakes?
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The Madison Community Foundation awarded seed money for an ambitious project that envisions a huge park over John Nolen Drive and a Frank ... The Madison Design Professionals received a $27,500 grant...more

Madison Community Foundation Year of Giving Presents Grant #11: Penn Park Pride
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Madison Community Foundation has announced a $70,000 grant to support the revitalization of Penn Park. The grant will fund recreation equipment and an exciting variety of community engagement...more

Hometown Heroes: Books...and more
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

“Lynn leads an organization that could have served its mission effectively by continuing traditional programs aimed solely to its core users,” said Tammy Bowman, executive director of the South...more

Editorial: Give to local nonprofits today through The Big Share
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

... the umbrella group for the nonprofits and host of The Big Share, provides training sessions and ongoing assistance year-round to the local groups in areas like fundraising, video production and...more

County's first settler made Fall Creek Township home
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Submitted photoThe former home of Thomas M. Pendleton at 233 S. Main St. in Pendleton is the headquarters of the South Madison Community Foundation. The house is located on ground that was part of...more

The goal: Giving 1000 bikes to Madison-area kids for free
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

This year the operation has nearly tripled in size, thanks to a $27,500 grant from Madison Community Foundation's “Mad About Bikes” program. Mad About Bikes aims to create a network of services...more

Solar project coming along at Frankton-Lapel Schools
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

LAPEL — Frankton- Lapel Community School Corp. leaders heard an update on their multi-million-dollar solar energy project at Lapel schools and selected new board leaders for 2018. Those items and...more

Lapel High School robotics team puts skills to the test
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The game sets are comprised of various cones, obstacles and other field elements. The sets are valued at $500 and will provide opportunities for teams to practice for future competitions. The...more

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