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

'Wind in their sails': 183 local nonprofits receive nearly $5 million in COVID-19 relief grants | Local ...
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... Dane County partnered with the Madison Community Foundation to award $4.85 million to 183 of Dane County's 2,900 nonprofits, said...more

Over 180 Dane Co. nonprofits receive $5 million in COVID-19 relief - WMTV
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... the Madison Community Foundation announced. The grants will help organizations with any losses or increased expenses because of the...more

Nearly 200 nonprofits awarded COVID relief funds by Dane County, Madison Community Foundation
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COVID relief grants were awarded to 183 Dane County nonprofit organizations on Tuesday. The Madison Community Foundation, in partnership with...more

More than five dozen local non-profits receive funding through Dane Co. grant program
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We congratulate the recipients and thank them for their commitment to serve the Dane County community.” RELATED: Dane County, Madison Community...more

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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