What We Believe

We believe every child deserves a high quality and equitable education. The future depends upon today’s investment in the educational experience of tomorrow’s leaders because a high-quality public education is fundamental to a vibrant community and strong local economy.

Madison Public Schools

Building the leaders of tomorrow

The Foundation is committed to supporting and enhancing the education of all 27,000 students in Madison’s 50 public schools.

Fundraising Priorities


Working to ensure that every school is a thriving school with every student ready for college, career, and community. Working with the Madison Metropolitan District, we are committed to being forward thinking, always studying, planning, and acting to maximize what we know works and exploring possibilities for even better results.

Stories of Impact

Helping Teachers Helps WEA Trust Thrive

WEA Trust has its roots in serving educators. Primarily, they started by providing insurance. As they grew, they looked to help in other ways. According to WEA Trust’s Kyle Humphrey, “teachers have a heavy load, and we’re here to lighten it.”...

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Leaving a Legacy of Philanthropy

Kathie Nichols loves education, the arts and most importantly her family. Over time, she has combined these passions by supporting the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools. Serving on the Board of Directors from 2008-2015, including a year as Board Chair, Kathie...

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Bringing Science to Life at Allis Elementary

“I don’t know.” They’re not words that students are used to hearing from their teachers. But in Mr. Vince’s science classroom at Allis Elementary, they’re more than common. They’re a challenge. Vince Busenbark is the Reach and Science teacher at Allis, but entering...

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