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MADISON ROTARY FOUNDATION

There’s a lot of heart behind the work of the Madison Rotary Foundation. By applying its leadership and expertise to solve social issues, the Foundation is a primary expression of service within the Rotary Club of Madison.

Tackling local challenges requires empathy and vision. The Madison Rotary Foundation has become a visible community force by utilizing both these qualities in support of individuals and organizations that:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the central Rotary value of Service Above Self
  • Help young people become outstanding citizens
  • Improve the quality of community life
  • Foster international understanding and goodwill

Community Grants

Each year the Madison Rotary Foundation awards grants to Madison community tax-exempt organizations.  Application availability is announced in October and applications are due at the end of November or early December.  The Foundation’s Community Grants Committee reviews the applications and notifies agencies of their decisions in March of the following year.

Community Grant Form

When evaluating community grant applications, a great deal of significance is assigned to the need for the proposed services, the level of coordination that the requesting organization exhibits with others in the community with the same or allied fields of endeavor, the organization’s plans for developing sources of long-term funding support other than that from the Foundation, the reasonableness of the budget and schedules submitted and the manner in which the results of the project will be measured.

Madison Rotary Foundation Veterans Assistance Fund

In 2013, Phil and Kit Blake established an endowment fund within the Madison Rotary Foundation for area veterans.  Phil understands first-hand the struggles that veterans encounter as they attend college while serving this country.  Phil and Kit are helping ease the load for veterans who are getting a college degree but who are running into a short-term expense issue.  The assistance helps relieve some stress and keeps students focused on their studies.

The Madison Rotary Foundation Veterans Assistance Fund provides one-time grants to veterans who have served at least two years in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy or Reserves who have been honorably discharged from active duty and who are currently attending a degree program at either Edgewood College, Madison College or UW-Madison as a full-time student.

The grant program rotates annually among the three colleges, providing support for veterans attending Madison College during the 2018-19 academic year, UW-Madison during the 2019-20 academic year, and Edgewood College during the 2020-21 academic year.  The grant will continue to rotate annually among the noted colleges in this same order in future years.  These one-time grants are intended to cover short-term, urgent or emergency expenses that arise during college.

Community Veterans Assistance Fund Application

Community Grants Committee reviews over 100 applications each year. In 2018, $150,000 was awarded to community agencies.
Our Foundation Officers
The Madison Rotary Foundation provides four-year college scholarship support of over $360,000 per year.  Up to 30 students are selected per year, so we have over 100 students receiving scholarship support each year.  The majority also have a Rotary mentor who stays connected with them during college.