Madison Community Foundation


The Madison Parks Foundation is proud to recognize the Madison Community Foundation as a prominent contributor to our parks.  The Madison Community Foundation grants program has provided support in the following areas:

  • Water: MCF provided key funding for the first Madison splash park at Cypress Way and Reindahl Splash Park.  Additionally, MCF has supported the development of the Goodman Pool through the provision of grant funds and facilitation of other contributions.


  • Restoration: MCF has provided many environmental restoration grants, including funds to improve Vilas Beach and support Operation Fresh Start’s work in Cherokee Marsh.


  • Trees: MCF facilitates anonymous contributions, including that of one benefactor to plant numerous trees throughout Madison parks for Arbor Day.


  • Sculptures: MCF has provided sculptural resources for Madison Parks, including restoration work and maintenance funding for the Harry Whitehorse Effigy Tree sculpture in Hudson Park, as well as the Little Sister of Liberty statue in Warner Park.


  • Recreation: MCF purchased snowmaking equipment to keep Madison parks’ sledding hills and ski trails covered and usable, and funded part of the John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park to keep ice skaters warm.


Madison’s parks are one of the many natural features that make this community such a special place to live, and Madison Community Foundation has been an ardent supporter of the Madison parks system for decades.

“Part of Madison’s cultural identity is its healthy, well-rounded lifestyle,” said Bob Sorge, Madison Community Foundation President.  “We embrace organic, locally-produced food. We embrace education. And we embrace an active lifestyle. Madison’s Parks are integral to that healthy identity and we are fortunate for the number and quality of our parks.”


MCF is a 501(c)(3) community trust, which was established in 1942. Throughout its history MCF has dedicated its resources for the betterment of the community in a variety of ways. Today its seven funding focus areas include the arts, children, community development, elderly, environment, learning and youth. On an annual basis its grant-making program distributes approximately $1.7 million. And together with its 967 fundholders, MCF distributes about $8.5 million annually. These distributions support important causes in Madison, in Dane County, in Wisconsin – and across the globe.   To learn more about Madison Community Foundation:

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