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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

Evjue Foundation sharpens focus and is taking grant applications - Cap Times
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Its goal is to enhance the foundation's philanthropic impact and clarify priorities and procedures for applicants. The foundation, which has...more

To preserve and protect - Pendleton Times Post
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Community foundation has a plan for Thomas Pendleton House. PENDLETON — A house built in the first half of the 19th century — by the family...more

Art Party - Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin
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As the community's foundation, MCF plays a vital role in local philanthropy, including holding over 350 nonprofit agency endowments and focusing...more

Madison Community Foundation awards nearly $700,000 in grants to local nonprofits
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"There's never enough money," Angela Davis says. "It's a very humbling experience, yet you always wish you had more money to give away." Davis is the director of grantmaking for the Madison...more

Madison Community Foundation announces nearly $700000 in grants to 12 local non profits
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The Madison Community Foundation has given $697,500 in grants to 12 nonprofits in the Wisconsin city over the past few months, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.The grants were awarded in five...more

Annual Christmas Bazaar returns to Madison's S.S. Morris Community A.M.E. Church | Madison365
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We're collaborating with the Madison Community Foundation to establish a scholarship endowment as a way of honoring him in a perpetual way,”...more

How women changed the game of community in STEM - The Badger Herald
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It also receives an endowment from the Madison Community Foundation and earns large grants from well-known foundations such as NASA and...more

Community calendar - Pendleton Times Post
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PENDLETON — South Madison Community Foundation's portal to apply for scholarships is open through Feb. 15. The foundation awards about...more

Dane Co. libraries hope to recruit youth of color in new internship program - NBC15
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Dane County is writing a new chapter for its libraries, and its soon-to-be main characters are youth of...more

Village is to benefit from three grants | Community |
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The Village of Oregon learned in December of three grants it will ... to have been selected by the Madison Community Foundation for a grant...more

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