News and Links to support Madison’s public schools

The Foundation has established TWO emergency relief funds to help direct resources to the scholars, staff and families of the district in response to community-wide COVID-19 precautions. Please, help with a gift to one or both of these funds:

We are already making a positive impact! 

The week of March 16, we co-fundraised with MMSD to send academic materials via mail to our 19,000 K-8 students. This effort required $60,000 for envelopes and shipping of over 1 million printed sheets in total. Together, we got it done before students had lost even a full week of regularly-scheduled instruction.

As the go-to partner for Madison’s public schools, we are poised to support MMSD schools, staff, scholars and their families, both today and tomorrow. We welcome your support of our mission. Please use the following guide and links for latest news and ways to help:

COVID-19 and MMSD News

Latest updates and resources from MMSD

Please CLICK HERE to reach the MMSD COVID-19 Updates page

This is the lead source of information on school open/close updates as well as resource sites for meals, health services and enrichment materials.

Dane County Public Health Updates

Please CLICK HERE for latest updates on COVID-19 from Madison & Dane County Public Health.

Support Our Public Schools Now

Donate through the Foundation

The Foundation has established TWO emergency relief funds to help direct resources to the scholars, staff and families of the district in response to community-wide COVID-19 precautions. Please, help with a gift to one or both of these funds:

MMSD Community Resource Fund

This fund will provide immediate and enduring support for MMSD schools, staff, scholars and their families, both now and in the future. Read more and make a gift by clicking here.

MSCR Community Resource Fund

This Fund is dedicated specifically to supporting the mission, programs and services of Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more and make a gift by clicking here. 

Thank you for supporting Madison’s public schools in this time of need.

Join Other Community Efforts

United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition and other area organizations announced a collaborative effort to provide financial relief for those hit hardest by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Community members and businesses have already raised more than $885,500 for the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.

Link to and support the United Way Emergency Recovery Fund here.

Read more about the United Way Effort here

Please stay tuned for additional news and ways to assist! We are continuing to gather information about needs from MMSD and are also looking for opportunities to coordinate with and complement the efforts of other agencies.

We hold the well-being, health and safety of everyone in our district and community as highest priority. In light of MMSD school closures and community precautions around COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are setting up pathways by which you can most quickly lend your support.

For more information about how the Foundation is supporting the community and questions about our programs and services, please contact Melinda Heinritz, Executive Director:  (608) 237-7722 or via email.

What does the Foundation do every day

to support Madison’s Public Schools?

We are truly the go-to partner for the Madison Metropolitan School District – in times of crisis and emerging change, and every day. Your gift to our MMSD Community Resource Fund will go where it’s most needed, right now, to assist MMSD schools, staff, scholars and their families during this time of high alert and high need. But we work every day — through our programs, funds and generous donors — to ensure that every school in our district is a place where every scholar can thrive. Explore below, the ways we help ensure the MMSD vision both today and tomorrow.

For more information about the Foundation’s 170 plus funds and fiscal agency services, please contact Donna Faulkner, Operations and Finance Director at (608) 237-7720 or via email.