Madison Community Foundation will announce the first of 12 major gifts totaling nearly $1 million to the community at its annual dinner, Madison Gives, on Tuesday, May 16, to kick off its 75th Anniversary celebration. The gifts to area nonprofits will be announced each month for a year, with the final gift announcement at MCF’s Madison Gives 2018.

The nonprofit recipients of each grant were chosen to reflect many of the Madison area’s most unique natural and cultural assets, including our children and families, history and heritage, learning and education, arts and culture, environment and more.

“Our community is home to so many unique features that are important to our quality of life,” says MCF President Bob Sorge. “Together with our donors, we’re thrilled to support and celebrate these community treasures.”

The first announcement will be among the highlights of Madison Gives at Monona Terrace, the community and convention center built by local philanthropy.

“There’s no better way to launch our celebration of the Madison area’s greatest assets than inside one of our most precious gems—Monona Terrace,” says Sorge. Completed in 1997, the facility was built with a $1 million gift from MCF that launched the private fundraising portion of the project envisioned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938.

“Madison Gives 2017: Discover the Impact” is generously sponsored by corporate partners Alliant Energy, Cuna Mutual Group, and National Guardian Life. The reception starts at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6 p.m. Single tickets are $75/person. Anniversary Table Sponsorships are $750. Register here.

Established in 1942, Madison Community Foundation is now comprised of more than 1,000 charitable funds with approximately $160 million in assets. In the last 25 years, together with donors, MCF has awarded some $200 million to more than 400 local nonprofits.

Written by Madison365 staff