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

Community leaders write on windows at MMoCA to acknowledge their roles in racism
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

... Cheryl Gittens, long-time business owner Chuck Bauer, Madison Community Foundation CEO Bob Sorge, artist Bird Ross and Downtown...more

Dane County, Madison Community Foundation Partner to Donate $5M to Local Nonprofits
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Thanks to the grant partnership between Dane County and the Madison Community Foundation, local nonprofit organizations affected by the pandemic will soon receive a financial boost. Dane County Chief...more

Nonprofits hoping 2021 brings better fundraising opportunities
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Tom Lindfield with the Madison Community Foundation, says with more people needing assistance and less funding to go around, nonprofits...more

ONLINE: Women Artists Forward Fund Art Auction
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Your winning bids will directly support the Women Artist Forward Fund's growing endowment at Madison Community Foundation, which in...more

Community leaders dedicate new playground at Sun Prairie Boys & Girls Club
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The playground is sponsored by Madison Community Foundation and Bank of Sun Prairie. Club members wrote “thank you” letters to them. “I can...more

Grant or no grant: Lapel plans to move on multi-million dollar water improvement project
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The council awarded the $1,075 of community foundation funds to Lapel Middle School Robotics Club. The council matched that amount from...more

Foundation leads in challenging time -- Roberta Gassman
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

With Dane County, other foundations and churches, the Madison Community Foundation is supporting permanent outdoor structures and heaters so...more

Volunteers plant trees, stress Pendleton's resilience in tornado recovery
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

... the South Madison Community Foundation. “Everybody just wants to embrace and help plant trees and bring back that canopy that got blown...more

Lapel seeking $932600 Community Crossing grant for road repaving
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The council approved awarding $1,075 to the Robotics Club from funds received from the South Madison Community Foundation. It also voted...more

Pendleton community comes together for 'Recovery Tree' event
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Pendleton, Indiana may have lost nearly 500 trees to a 2019 tornado, but with the support of community, grants and volunteers it's about to gain...more

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