What Is a Community Foundation … Really?

Posted Tuesday March 27, 2012 by admin

whats a community foundationTHE HEART AND SOUL
If you were to look up the definition of a community foundation you’d probably see such terms as “pooled funds,” “grant making,” or “charitable giving.” Those terms are all technically correct but they miss the heart and soul of what makes a community foundation unique. Community Foundations may be the one philanthropic organization that has the ability to balance the needs of a community with the specific goals of donors while honoring the relationship they both share with their community.

There is a common thread. Donors, nonprofits and Individuals work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for their neighbors. That dedication, to positively impact a community, exists right here with our own Madison Foundation.

The Madison Foundation, founded in 1996 provides support to individuals and organizations that serve our community’s social, cultural, environmental, educational and recreational needs. Its mission is to make Madison a better place to live, both now and in the future, by encouraging giving and matching those gifts to the needs of the community.

David Allen is president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and admits the Foundation may be Madison’s best-kept secret. “We are very fortunate to live in a community such as Madison where we have active volunteers and citizens with financial resources,” noted Allen. “Our goal is to unite them in an efficient manner so that the needs of both can be met.”

Even though you may not have heard of The Madison Foundation chances are you have heard of the many organizations that have benefited from its support. From the Madison Ambulance Association to the 15 Daniel Hand High School scholarships the Foundation maintains, to the Madison ABC House, Madison Cares-Habitat for Humanity, or it’s very successful component fund, Neighbor to Neighbor, so many have been touched by The Madison Foundation and its generous donors. These are just a few examples of the work The
Madison Foundation has quietly supported in your own backyard.

Whether your definition of a community foundation comes from Webster or Wikipedia, residents of Madison can take comfort in the fact that The Madison Foundation is here and committed to helping their neighbors. If you would like more information about how you can make a difference in Madison, call 203-245-2796 or visit them at www.themadisonfoundation.org.

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