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Renewing the Legacy

The Madison Parks Foundation is dedicated to preserving and expanding – for future generations – the true jewels of our city: our bountiful parks and open spaces. To that end, MPF looks to acquire grants and money to improve parks. These resources do not replace, and are not a substitute, for tax revenues generated for the City of Madison Parks Division.

As we move to the future, our vision is to “Renew the Legacy.” Roots of our work are firmly grounded with the Madison Parks & Pleasure Drive Association: a dedicated group of everyday citizens who – many decades ago – laid the foundation for parks we have today. We embrace their grassroots spirit by raising funds for splash parks, playground improvements, emerald ash borer tree replacement, and other important work for which tax dollars are not available. The three fundraising targets, just mentioned, have been identified as current priorities. If you want to be part of modern-day park history, and become a donor, or if you want to learn more about us, we encourage you to contact MPF Executive Director, Stephanie Franklin, at 608-266-4339.

Support of the Madison Parks Foundation will make a significant difference in preserving and enhancing those beautiful gifts that have been handed down from generation to generation, those special places where activities and events take place, and often become cherished life-long memories.

Our predecessors, citizens just like you: the Olins, Tenneys, Warners, Owens, and Vilases helped build our parks. They are our inspiration. And we are now on a mission: to renew and build upon what they lovingly passed on to us; passed on to you.

Legacy Society Brochure

Legacy Society

Through the Legacy Society, the Madison Parks Foundation honors its major donors. The mission of the Society is to provide a framework for those donors whose generous support contributes to Madison’s parks and open spaces and make a significant difference in enhancing those beautiful gifts that have been handed down from generation to generation.

The Legacy Society represents an important force in helping the Madison Parks Foundation continue its pursuit of creating a lasting legacy.  The goals of the Legacy Society:

  • To encourage and foster continued support of the Madison Parks Foundation
  • To provide a framework within which lasting gifts and bequests can be made
  • To assure proper recognition and support of donors in their efforts to ensure the future of our parks

The Legacy Society members are recognized as those donors who have Lifetime gifts of $25,000 or more.

Preservation Planners

The Preservation Planners are those who have made a commitment to support the Madison Parks Foundation through a deferred or estate gift. These “planners” have made a commitment to preserve the legacy of Madison parks in a written agreement.

The Preservation Planners are recognized as donors who have an estate plan or deferred gifts in any amount.


The Madison Parks Foundation would like to thank our generous donors for their continued support. Your gifts and in-kind contributions help us in our efforts to preserve, maintain and expand our gift of 264 city parks and open spaces in Madison.

For more information on how you can make a difference, please contact us at 608-266-4339 or learn about Ways to Give.


Renewing the Legacy