Our Mission

The Foundation is committed to supporting the education of every child by raising private funds, awarding grants, developing community partnerships, and advocating for Madison’s public schools.

Our Vision

Supported by the Foundation, Madison will have excellent, well-funded public schools in which learning is celebrated and all students graduate ready for college, career, and community involvement.

Our Beliefs

  • Every child deserves a high quality and equitable education.
  • The future depends upon today’s investment in the educational experience of tomorrow’s leaders.
  • High quality public education is fundamental to a vibrant community and a strong local economy.
  • Access to public education is essential for a thriving democracy.
  • The Foundation plays a vital role in connecting public schools and community resources.

Our Values

We will

  • Fund promising, innovative educational programs and activities outside the core school budget.
  • Build and sustain partnerships that mobilize business and community resources.
  • Invest community resources to expand opportunities for all Madison public school students.
  • Promote the value of Madison public schools throughout the community.
  • Manage the Foundation with integrity and transparency.

History of our Organization

Established in 2001 by a group of community leaders and former educators, the Foundation believes that every child deserves the best education. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to Madison public schools for creative and innovative projects which could not otherwise be funded through the core school budget.

The Foundation has implemented several community partnership programs including Adopt-a-School and A Principal Experience, which both help strengthen the relationship between the schools and the Madison community. The Foundation holds over 160 funds, including an endowment for all 50 Madison public schools. In 2016, the Foundation invested more than $1 million for the first time back into Madison’s public schools.