Connecting Community to Classrooms Since 2005

Our community has a strong history of involvement in our schools as businesses, organizations, and others devote themselves to helping our students achieve academically and grow through personal enrichment.

Our successful Adopt-a-School program creates and builds upon these community partnerships in unique ways tailored to the individual school and the specific interest of the community partner.

Every school year, adopting partners give over 23,000 hours in volunteer service to their adopted schools, and over $1 million annually in financial, material and human resources!

Program History and Partnerships

“We adopt our highways, why don’t we adopt our schools? It started with a simple question at lunch, and sparked an enduring, critical connection between community and classrooms. The Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program launched in 2005.  For nearly 15 years, the partnerships born through this program have grown strategically over time, with immeasurable payoffs for both the adopted schools and their community partners.

Current Partnerships
Allis Elementary School – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Anana Elementary School – Attic Angel Association, CUNA Mutual Group (Customer Operations Division), Blackhawk Church, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Exact Sciences, and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Badger Rock Middle School – CUNA Mutual Group, Fields Auto, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and The Vine Church EFCA
Black Hawk Middle School – Door Creek Church
Capital High School – Blackhawk Church Downtown and Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative 
Chávez Elementary School – Fitchburg Hy-Vee and Redeemer City Church
Cherokee Middle School – Junior League of Madison, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Westminster Presbyterian Church
Crestwood Elementary School – Asbury United Methodist Church
East High School – Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, and Summit Credit Union
Elvehjem Elementary School – Elvehjem Neighborhood Association
Emerson Elementary School – Friends of Emerson and Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison
Franklin Elementary School – M3 Insurance
Hamilton Middle School – CUNA Mutual Group (Actuarial Group)
Hawthorne Elementary School – DEMCO and First United Methodist Church
Huegel Elementary School – American Girl and Redeemer City Church
Jefferson Middle School – Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary Club and Madison Church
Kennedy Elementary School – Messiah Lutheran Church, Crosspoint Church, St. Paul A. M. E. Church, and Associated Bank – Cottage Grove Road Branch
La Follette High School – Forward Theater and Summit Credit Union
Lake View Elementary School – UW Health Northeast Family Medical Center and American Family Insurance
Lapham Elementary School – Blackhawk Church Downtown and State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Leopold Elementary School – Associated Bank (Fish Hatchery Road Branch), Blackhawk Church – Fitchburg, the Church at Christ Memorial, City on a Hill, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Lincoln Elementary School – St. Mary’s Hospital, State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, and Doxa Church
Lindbergh Elementary School – Catholic Charities and TASC
Lowell Elementary School – Capitol City Lodge #2
Marquette Elementary School – State of Wisconsin Department of Administration Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Memorial High School – UnityPoint Health-Meriter and Summit Credit Union
Mendota Elementary School – Christ Presbyterian Church, Door Creek Church, Seva Circle, and Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church
Midvale Elementary School – Kiwanis Club of West Madison and WIDA World Class Instructional Design and Assessment
Muir Elementary School – CUNA Mutual Group and J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Nuestro Mundo Community School – Associated Bank and NeuGen, LLC
O’Keeffe Middle School – UW-Madison “Introduction to Education” team
Orchard Ridge Elementary School – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Randall Elementary School – Wisconsin Athletics
Sandburg Elementary School – Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Door Creek Church, and US Bank 
Sennett Middle School – IFF and LocknCharge
Schenk Elementary School – Seeds of Peace
Sherman Middle School – American Family Insurance
Spring Harbor Middle School – Wisconsin Technical College System
Stephens Elementary School – Covenant Presbyterian Church and Wellspring United Methodist Church
Thoreau Elementary SchoolAmerican Printing Company, Brad Bodden, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and Westminster Presbyterian Church
Dr. Virginia Henderson Elementary School (formerly Glendale Elementary School) – State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and WPS Health Solutions
West High School – BMO Harris Bank, Geneva Campus Church, and Summit Credit Union
Whitehorse Middle School – Downtown Optimists and WEA Member Benefits
Wright Middle School – Hilton Madison Monona Terrace and Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Other: Transition Education Program (TEP) – Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority
Schools Seeking Additional Partners

Allis Elementary School

Black Hawk Middle School

Emerson Elementary School

Gompers Elementary School

La Follette High School

Lowell Elementary School

Muir Elementary School

O’Keeffe Middle School

Sandburg Elementary School

Shabazz City High School

Shorewood Hills Elementary School

Toki Middle School

Van Hise Elementary School

Dr. Virginia Henderson Elementary School (formerly Glendale Elementary School)

West High School

Whitehorse Middle School


Adopt-a-School Success Stories

Nuestro Mundo Community School

James Madison Memorial High School

How does Adopt-a-School Work?

Partnership Examples

We have found that thanks to the commitment of partners, the motivation of the staff, and the diversity of need, there’s no limit to the opportunities to support Madison’s public schools through our Adopt-A-School program. Some examples include:

  • Providing job search assistance including resume writing and conducting mock interviews
  • Sharing expertise by partnering with teachers to create a lesson plan about building and launching rockets
  • Holding book, food, and clothing drives to benefit students and their families

We are always interested in speaking with you about the potential ways your company or organization can get involved to enrich the lives of our future leaders.

What Do Schools Get?


  • Donations including school supplies, furniture, computers
  • Financial Gifts


  • To new mentors, tutors, pen pals, guest speakers, lunch buddies
  • To career exploration, job shadowing, internship opportunities
  • To space for fundraising events, partner meetings, staff trainings
What Do Adopting Partners Get?

Investment in the Future

  • Access to future workforce
  • Potential to reach a new market demographic

Community Relations

  • Increased civic presence
  • Positive organizational branding
  • Enhanced community image
  • Improved employee morale and sense of teamwork
  • Opportunities for employees to be involved in the community

To learn more or become an Adopt-a-School partner