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Foundation leads in challenging time -- Roberta Gassman

Foundation leads in challenging time -- Roberta Gassman


During these challenging times of COVID-19, thanks to the leaders and staff of the Madison Community Foundation for their nimble work in providing a lifeline, with other dedicated community partners, to our region’s most vulnerable. I'm proud to serve on the foundation's board of governors. 

With rising cases, massive job losses, unprecedented food pantry demand, students and parents facing daunting technology pressures and cold weather ahead, the Community Foundation just made two significant $50,000 grants:

  • With Dane County, other foundations and churches, the Madison Community Foundation is supporting permanent outdoor structures and heaters so our food pantries can ensure safe outdoor food distribution, protected from the elements. The pantries serve thousands annually -- and 60% more now. 
  • With the Urban League of Greater Madison and support from the Evjue Foundation, the Madison Community Foundation is helping to bring instructional support to parents so they can now help their children engage with technology-based learning.

These new grants supplement what the foundation has already invested to address COVID-19 this year -- helping over 170 nonprofits successfully apply for more than $20 million in forgivable loans, feeding the elderly and assisting Overture Center and its resident companies with rent relief.

Thank you, Madison Community Foundation and donors -- we’re in this together. Onward.

Roberta Gassman, Madison

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