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

'On the south side and north side, it's not even safe': A tour of Madison's bicycle inequities
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

An $84,200 grant from the Madison Community Foundation to Just Bikes, a coalition of area bicycling advocacy groups, allowed for a...more

Library endowment fund receives $90000 through challenge grant efforts
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Checks may also be mailed to the Madison Community Foundation, 111 N. Fairchild St., Suite 260, Madison, WI 53703. Please make the...more

Local projects build awareness of tribes as Madison's first inhabitants
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

In October 2017, Madison Community Foundation awarded a $65,000 grant to create the First Nations Heritage Tour, a “first-of-its-kind,...more

Founder brings specialty banking to the business community
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

... number of local organizations' boards of directors including the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, Madison Community...more

Letter to Editor: LACE fundraising efforts early success
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

This fundraising campaign is supported by a 2-to-1 challenge grant of $50,000 from the Madison Community Foundation, and has been established...more

Wisconsin Coworking Collective launches this summer
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Brennan Nardi is communications director at Madison Community Foundation and a former editor of Madison Magazine. Reach her...more

Fix-it Bicycle Stations to help Madisonians with bike repair
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

MADISON, Wis. - JUST Bikes unveiled a bicycle repair station in the Bayview Neighborhood Monday. The Fix-it Bicycle Station comes equipped...more

Self-fix bike station debuts in Downtown Madison
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

The project was made possible through a collaboration among several organizations as well as a grant from the Madison Community...more

Bikers battle heat in Madison's Loop the Lake ride
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

Sodersten says the competition was made possible in part by the Madison Community Foundation. Prizes will be awarded next week for the...more

Library's endowment 2:1 challenge grant ends soon
Foundation: Madison Community Foundation

This 2:1 challenge grant from the Madison Community Foundation is helping to grow the endowment fund, allowing the earned interest to more...more

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