Meet the Madison Public Schools Foundation

27,000 Scholars. 52 Schools. ONE Foundation.


We are the Madison Public Schools Foundation, and we believe that every child deserves a high-quality, equitable education. We know that Schools Make Madison, and we are here as the go-to partner connecting the community in support of our public schools. Since our founding in 2001, the Foundation has given over $27 million back to our public schools through endowments, programs and funding of novel school-based initiatives. Our capacity to give relies on strong community support for our managed funds (over 170 total), our support services and our community partnership programs.

We have launched the Madison Public Schools Friends & Alumni Network in an effort to connect a portion of our estimated 80,000 plus living alumni with fellow alumni, faculty, students and staff, facilitating the delivery of a wide array of resources: intellectual, academic, career, collegiate, networking, and philanthropic. This effort was made possible with generous support from the Madison Community Foundation and the Nimick Forbesway Foundation. The alumni network will play an important role in building a thriving community for all residents, bringing together people from around Madison, the state, and the country with opportunities to invest in one of our community's most important assets: the future potential of our school children. See how the Foundation is working in partnership with MMSD and high school alumni groups to build the network.

To learn more about the Foundation, we invite you to visit us online at or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - @Schoolsmakemsn.


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We know that Madison’s future depends upon today’s investment in the education of tomorrow’s leaders. Get to know us in our mission to help ensure that every MMSD public school is a place where every scholar can thrive.