Moments in Philanthropy :: March 2012

In This Issue

New Funds at Madison Community Foundation
Mark Your Calendars: John Hicks Fundraising Seminar March 28
Meet the MCF Board: Frank Byrne
Food Pantry Gardens Supplied Major Bounty in 2011
Awards and Accolades
Curtains Up – Great Performance Fund Supported Productions Opening at Overture

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New Funds at Madison Community Foundation

Capital Brewery Charitable Fund
Paul Brandt School Forest Fund
Monona Grove Education Foundation Endowment for Cottage Grove Elementary
Monona Grove Education Foundation Endowment for Taylor Prairie School
Monona Grove Education Foundation Endowment for Monona Grove High School
Phil Lewis Fund for Sustainable Design
Stu Levitan Fund

Mark Your Calendars: John Hicks
Fundraising Seminar March 28

Nationally recognized fundraiser John Hicks, President and CEO of J.C. Geever Inc., will provide a motivational morning for nonprofit executives, fundraising professionals, volunteers, and board members. During his talk, “It’s a GREAT time to fundraise,” you will hear about philanthropic trends and strategies that will boost your optimism and jump-start your development program. Co-sponsors are  Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Madison Chapter and Madison Community Foundation.

Where: Nakoma Country Club
When: March 28, 2012  8:00 am – 9:30 am
Cost: AFP Member- $18.00, Non-Member- $28.00
To register and for more information, click here.

Meet the MCF Board: Frank Byrne

When they considered relocating to Madison eight years ago, MCF Board member Frank Byrne and his wife Cindy wondered if they could fall in love with another community after living in one place for 22 years. Fortunately, the answer was a resounding “yes!”  Their son Michael, twelve years old at the time, noted after just a few months, “Many people have done a lot to make us feel at home quickly in Madison.”

They cite medical community and business leader role models for teaching them the importance of community service and philanthropy.  In mentoring others in service, they give simple advice: “Find the intersection of community need, your passion, and your skills, and jump in. You’ll be rewarded with great joy and meaning as you make a difference in the lives of others.”

In his role as president of St. Mary’s Hospital, Frank is expected to be involved in the community, and he is grateful to serve on the Urban League, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and St. Mary’s Foundation boards in addition to the MCF board. Cindy, a former teacher, volunteered at one of the Madison Metropolitan School District Schools of Hope, and currently volunteers at the St. Mary’s Adult Day Health Center and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. They both enjoy serving meals at St. Martin House at the Catholic Multicultural Center.

Frank served on the community foundation board in their previous home, where they created a donor advised fund, as they have at MCF. They appreciate MCF’s research and disciplined review process, which helps guide their personal giving in education and human services, their primary areas of focus. For the Byrne family,including son Michael and daughters Shannon and Lindsay, philanthropy is a life-long priority.

Food Pantry Gardens Supplied
Major Bounty in 2011

In 2007, MCF gave Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc. (CAC), $330,000 grant to expand food pantry gardens in Dane County. In 2008-2010, MCF provided grants to Dane County Food Pantries to expand infrastructure capacity – walk-in-coolers, freezers, a truck, pallet jacks, etc. - to improve efficiencies and handle increased food supplies. The $282,000 granted to food pantries by MCF leveraged over $1,000,000 in additional funds and in-kind services. The following article was written by Chris Brockel, Food and Gardens Division Manager, CAC.

In 2011 there were 29 food pantry garden efforts all growing crops to harvest and donate to help families in need. The scope of these efforts varied from the 4 acres planted by the Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens (produced 46,700 lbs. of produce) and the two acres planted by Blackhawk Church (produced 49,500 lbs. of produce) to the single community garden plots planted by service groups and/or community gardeners (such as St. Dunstan’s Church or the American Family Employee Community Gardens).

In all, these Food Pantry Garden efforts grew and donated 131,100 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce to food pantries in the Dane County Food Pantry Network, or about 3% more than was grown and donated in 2010. Adding to this the fresh local foods collected from private gardeners, local farmers, and farm markets, CAC supplied over 300,000 pounds of fresh locally grown produce to Dane County Food Pantries.

In 2011 we saw 154,500 household visits to food pantries (another 17% increase from 2010 and an 83% increase from 2007 – the last year prior to the economic collapse). These household visits represented 424,800 individuals. We could not have served that many people without the efforts of the food pantry gardens.

And there are also big plans afoot for 2012:
• CAC will be taking over the FoodShare Program at the Dane County Farmer’s Market – allowing food stamp recipients to use their benefits to purchase items at the Market.

• We have an agreement with Dane County Parks and Conservation to take over 5 acres of land at Badger Prairie Park in Verona. A local farmer is planting it with pinto beans and will harvest it for us in the fall. Volunteers will bag the beans for pantries.

• We are in discussion with 2 young area farmers who have a few acres of apples and want to give us the entire harvest if we can find pickers. They are offering tools, a washing and sorting machine, and access to a cooler. Depending on the season we are looking at about 1,000 bushels of apples.

• Working with United Way and the Goodman Foundation on a project to map out Dane County’s system for getting healthy foods to low income households, identify gaps and needed supports, and come up with a ten year plan to increase accessibility.

If you are interested in helping by planting a row for the hungry, visit this webpage.

If you would like to participate in a food pantry garden, visit this webpage.

Awards and Accolades

 Tenney Park Shelter Group is recognized for their heroic fundraising efforts with a 2012 Madison Parks Volunteer Award by the City of Madison Parks Division. To read the story of the Tenney Park Shelter fundraising saga, click here.

Ted DeDee, a performing arts executive from New Albany, Ohio,  will be joining the Overture Center for the Arts as new CEO as of April 2, 2012.  MCF Board and staff welcome Mr. DeDee to Overture and to Madison. For a video welcome and more information on Mr. DeDee’s background, click here.  

Curtains Up – Great Performance Fund Supported Productions Opening at Overture

Two theater productions supported by the Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater, a fund held at MCF, will be opening in March:

Uncivil Disobedience – Forward Theater and The Wisconsin Story Project present a staged reading of the new play about the bombing of Sterling Hall on March 9 and 10.  A powerful and authentic work in a format that uses only the words of the participants, the focus is on an event that profoundly changed the culture in this city and the nation.
Seating is limited. For more information, visit this website.

Lord of the Flies – CTM brings William Golding’s acclaimed novel to the stage in “a wildly energetic and riveting production.” Due to mature content, recommended for youth over 10; children under 8 will not be admitted.  March 24 - April 1, 2012. For more information, visit this website.