Throughout its history, the Foundation has a proud track record of funding innovative programs and projects from around the Madison Metropolitan School District. Building on that tradition and in the context of our 2018-2021 strategic plan, the Foundation’s Grants Committee is currently exploring innovative ways to provide resources to a much greater number of teachers and staff. Visit this page frequently for updates on our planning and implementation.
Our School Endowment program made our district the first in the nation to have a dedicated endowment fund for each of our 50 public schools. Those endowments now total more than $2.5 million and distribute over $100,000 in investment income annually. Each year, every school has the opportunity to use their endowment funds in new ways, providing educators with the tools necessary for success.
The Evjue Foundation
A legacy of public schools support… The Evjue Foundation — the charitable arm of The Capital Times — has sustained and supported the Foundation since our inception. Founded by the late William T. Evjue – the founder and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper – the foundation has now contributed more than $60 million back to the community. The Evjue Foundation’s breathtaking track record of generosity includes nearly $400,000 in grants to the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools. Click here to learn more about the Evjue Foundation.
Our Grant History
Since 2001, the Foundation has distributed nearly $7 million in grants to classroom projects and MMSD initiatives. Sources of funding for these grants include our School Endowment program, designated endowments and our ABC (or passthrough) funds. For a number of years, the Foundation also managed a competitive grants program – for MMSD staff only – called Foundation for the Future (F4F). F4F ultimately funded 8-12 projects on an annual basis. The management and oversight of our various funds and related distributions represent a core area of support for MMSD.
Click below to review summaries of our past F4F grant projects since 2015.
Success Stories – Foundation Grant Funding at Work
Meet Melord: JMM Junior/Sound Editor
Melord is passionate about music and sound. Not uncommon for a high school junior. What is uncommon is that he has found a way to turn that passion into learning. And hopefully one day a career. In addition to being a full-time student at Madison Memorial High School, Melord is also a sound editor for local radio programs through the Youth on Air program at the Lussier Community Education Center.
Trail to Success at Chavez Elementary School
Foundation for the Future Grant