Nominated Charities

Charities expiring Sept 2017:
  1.     Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation: Founded in 1978, Agrace is a non-profit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency that provides care and support to patients and their families through the stages of serious illness. The Agrace Foundation supports their mission by coordinating charitable gifts to Agrace. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves more than 650 patients each day throughout Southern Wisconsin. Many people lack health insurance coverage and have no way to pay for the care they need at end of life. Agrace believes strongly that everyone deserves access to Agrace’s care, regardless of who they are or whether they can pay. Nominated: Sept 2015 Expiring: Sept 2017
Charities expiring Dec. 2017:
  1.     Bereaved Parents of Madison, Inc.: Bereaved Parents of Wisconsin, Inc. provides support and resources to grieving families during and after pregnancy loss, stillbirth, infant death, and subsequent pregnancies by offering personal and group support, as well as programs and events for families. They also provide education and awareness to the community through outreach programs and relationships with area hospitals. They strive to nurture healing and renew hope in these families throughout the grieving process.  Nominated: Dec 2015 Expiring: Dec 20172.     Center for Families: The Center for Families offers instruction, support, emergency child care, in-home visits and resources that parents need to meet the challenges of parenting, and create a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for their children. The Respite Center provides respite and crisis child care 24 x 7 to families experiencing high levels of stress. Parents’ Place is a community-based parent education and support service serving families in Dane County.    Nominated: Dec 2015 Expiring: Dec 2017

3.     Dane Buy Local Foundation: Founded in 2004, Dane Buy Local is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to create a sustainable, vital local economy through education, collaboration and promotion of its over 700 business members. Dane Buy Local Foundation coordinates the receipt of grants and charitable gifts in support of Dane Buy Local.   Nominated: Dec 2015 Expiring: Dec 2017

4.     REAP Farm to School Program: REAP’s Farm to School Program brings fresh, local, sustainably produced food to children, establishes reliable markets for local farms using sustainable agriculture practices, and provides hands-on education in Madison classrooms. In 2014, REAP sourced over 17 tons of fresh, local fruits and vegetables for use in Madison schools..   Nominated: Dec 2015 Expiring: Dec 2017

5.     The Salvation Army of Dane County: For 125 years, The Salvation Army of Dane County has offered shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, mentoring and education for at-risk children. They serve the most vulnerable members of our community without discrimination.    Nominated: Dec 2015 Expiring: Dec 2017

6.     Second Harvest Foodbank/Kids Café: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is a hunger-relief charity organization whose goal is to make sure everyone in southwestern Wisconsin has enough of the right kinds of food to live a happy and healthy life. The Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to at-risk children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate during the afterschool hours. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe programs offer a safe place where children can participate in nutrition education and academic and recreational activities.    Nominated: Dec 2015 Expiring: Dec 2017


Charities expiring after March 2018:
  1.     Lily’s Fund for Epilepsy Research: Lily’s Fund is an all-volunteer organization that supports local epilepsy research at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, raises awareness and reduces the stigma associated with epilepsy, as well as connects those doing the research with those affected. With a grass roots approach to community relations and fundraising, Lily’s Fund donates 100 percent of proceeds raised directly to local epilepsy research. With virtually zero administrative costs (no paid staff, office space, equipment, etc.) and a large enthusiastic volunteer base, Lily’s Fund events and programs are funded through sponsorships, grants and donations. http://   Nominated: March 2016 Expiring: March 20182.     Women In Focus, Inc: Women in Focus, Inc. is a local organization composed of passionate women who are single-minded in their promotion of educational excellence and healthy development of children of color. From its inception, Women In Focus, Inc. has been dedicated to helping students of color achieve their dreams. To assist in this process, the organization has channeled its work in two directions: promoting literacy, specifically reading and reading-related activities, and awarding scholarships to encourage education beyond high school. This vision remains paramount in the organization’s efforts and investments for the future. In 2015 Women In Focus awarded fourteen $2500 scholarships to students of color.   Nominated: March 2016 Expiring: March 2018


Charities expiring after June 2018
  1.     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County: The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County’s Mission is to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”), and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.   Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 20182.     Community Clothes Closet (CCC): CCC provides free clothing and bedding to individuals and families experiencing various hardships in Mt. Horeb, Blue Mounds, Barneveld and surrounding areas regardless of religion, race or creed. CCC is run by an all volunteer-staff from several congregations in Mt. Horeb and surrounding areas.   Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018

3.     Forward Learning Youth and Young Adults (FLYY): FLYY is a youth and family-serving nonprofit organization based in Dane County. FLYY responds to issues faced by teens and families through its distinctive educational program design. FLYY is best known for providing value-forming wilderness expeditions, parent skill development and support groups, and community-based aftercare (individual and family counseling, dispute resolution and communication skill building, and mentoring services.) FLYY provides youth and families with positive, asset-building experiences, and meaningful, supportive relationships to develop resilience, capacity, and coping skills in the face of various risk factors.    Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018

4.     Good Neighbors Personal Essential Pantry (GNPEP):  GNPEP is a member of the PEPartnership Alliance providing personal & household supplies to families in need at no cost. GNPEP is located at Arbor Covenant Church in the Arbor Hills/Leopold neighborhoods. The pantry is open to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. There are no limits to how frequently the pantry can be visited, although there are specific limits per item per month. Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018

5.     Healthy Community Kitchen: Healthy Community Kitchen is a nonprofit organization providing healing meals to people facing a health crisis. Illnesses take a toll on the body, and often the person is too sick to shop for groceries or prepare meals. This illness takes a toll on the family too, adding financial and emotional stress. During illness, a proper diet can make an important difference by helping to prevent malnutrition and giving the body the best chance to heal. Healthy Community Kitchen prepares meals using locally grown, organic products devoid of unhealthy elements like additives, sugars and anything refined or processed. Healthy Community Kitchen meals are prepared by adult and teen volunteer chefs, under the guidance and mentoring of professional chefs.    Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018

6.     Junior Achievement of Wisconsin: The mission of Junior Achievement is to empower young people to own their economic future. This is accomplished by recruiting and training community volunteers to teach K-12 students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness skills. Many students graduate from high school without the ability to manage their personal finances, the knowledge of how businesses work, and the confidence to implement their own entrepreneurial ideas. Junior Achievement programs help students plan and implement a successful future in our global economy. Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018

7.     The River Food Pantry: The River Food Pantry is one of Dane County’s busiest food pantries, offering free groceries, meals, and clothing to anyone who comes for help. Located on Madison’s north side, The River Food Pantry feeds more than 600 Dane County families per week, going through 40 thousand pounds of food every seven days, or about 2 million pounds of food each year. In 2015, the pantry received 30,605 family visits. Approximately 39% of those served are children and 20% are seniors. Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018

8.     Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center: Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center provides equine-assisted activities and therapies that enhance the lives of people with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges. Three Gaits operates year round and strives to serve all interested children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Three Gaits is where daily miracles happen through several types of activities: Therapeutic Riding teaches riding skills and increases self-esteem; Hippotherapy uses the movement of the horse to improve balance and mobility; Carriage Driving helps those who may not be able to ride a horse, and Unmounted Horsemanship Activities offer a chance to learn about horses. Nominated: June 2016 Expiring: June 2018


Charities expiring after Sept. 2018
  1.     Box of Balloons: Box of Balloons is a non-profit organization on a mission to make each birthday happy and every child celebrated by providing birthday celebrations to children in need. They provide birthday celebrations to children served by homeless shelters, the foster care system, domestic abuse shelters, YWCA, early head start programs, food pantries and elementary schools. The focus is to ensure each child feels special and celebrated on their birthday. A child’s birthday should be happy despite a family’s current situation, living conditions, or financial status. The fundamental goal is to provide joy, hope and celebration for the child and their family. Nominated: Sept 2016 Expiring: Sept 20182.     METAvivor Research and Support, Inc.: METAvivor’s mission is to transition metastatic breast cancer from a terminal diagnosis to a chronic, manageable disease with a decent quality of life. METAvivor exists to sustain hope for those living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (MBC). We are a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for MBC patients. Passionately committed patients ourselves, we rally public attention to the urgent needs of the MBC community, help patients find strength through support and purpose, and make every dollar count as we work with researchers to extend and improve quality of life for MBC patients.     Nominated: Sept 2016 Expiring: Sept 2018


Charities expiring after Dec. 2018
  1.     Girls Inc. of Greater Madison, a project of the Goodman Community Center, inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empowers girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Currently Girls Inc. is serving over 400 girls at 8 Madison locations.     Nominated: Dec 2016 Expiring: Dec 20182.     MAYDM’s mission is focused on equipping girls and students of color with the technical skills and experiences to become future innovators and technology leaders. Through passionate instructors, creative minds, our exciting workshops, and semester long classes we teach programming and computer science fundamentals, while instilling confidence in our students to use them in fun and creative ways. We integrate mentorship, exposure and internship opportunities empowering students towards bold futures in technology.  Nominated: Dec 2016 Expiring: Dec 2018

3.     Young Life is a non-profit organization that reaches out to middle school, high school and college students in local communities to provide role models, safe activities and a sense of significance to these students. Young Life offers kids: The friendship of adults who take the time to relate to kids in their world; a chance to gather and have fun in a safe setting outside of school; and an opportunity to consider faith in a non-threatening setting. By placing caring adults in the lives of kids who are seeking answers to life’s difficult questions, Young Life believes that in order to reach kids we must go where they go and enter their world. In many cases they are the only adult friends kids have in their lives. Nominated: Dec 2016 Expiring: Dec 2018


Charities expiring after Mar. 2019:
  1.     Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that is specifically designed to provide a link to resources for people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias and their caregivers. Their mission is to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as provide a quality life for the person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 20192.     Children’s Theater of Madison’s (CTM) mission is to create vibrant theater  experiences that engage, educate, and inspire young people and their communities. CTM transforms lives through the experience of theater. Participating in theater develops empathy, grows self-esteem, and builds character. For over 50 years, CTM has provided a safe and supportive environment for thousands of children to realize their own creative potential. With exceptional productions for youth and families, low-cost school matinees for students and teachers, inspirational educational programs for children from pre-K through high school, and active community partnerships, CTM nurtures the next generation of creative thinkers, innovators, and leaders. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

3.     Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, we organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then we give them away to kids in need. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

4.     Gilda’s Club Madison creates a community of free emotional support, cancer education, and hope for children and adults with any cancer diagnosis and those who care for them. We currently serve more than 3,000 members. Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. All programs and services are offered at no cost. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

5.     Madison SCI’s mission is to benefit and raise awareness of the community of people with spinal cord injury, illness, disease, and related conditions – including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and others. We hold member meetings and adaptive recreational opportunities for our members, family, and friends. Opportunities include adaptive kayaks & hand cycles made available for individuals to use on outings with friends and family. Funding would be used to purchase two adapted tandem kayaks and a power assist attachment for use with three hand-cycles we own, allowing those with less upper body strength to get up hills independently. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

6.     Madison Area Urban Ministry (MUM) offers an array of direct services programs for individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system, including prison reentry programming services for children who have an incarcerated parent. The two year recidivism rate (return to prison for either a new crime or a violation of their supervision rules) for MUM re-entry services participants is below 7% compared to a statewide recidivism rate of 67%. MUM is the only Dane County provider of reentry services that tracks recidivism through WI Dept. of Corrections. MUM’s many programs inspire hope and bring wholeness and healing to individuals, children and their families. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

7.     Natural Heritage Land Trust protects some of the most beautiful places in Dane County, forever. We save these special places because they ensure clean drinking water, provide wildlife habitat, and places for our community to relax, play, and connect. Kids especially need these opportunities. Support from 100+ Women Who Care would help purchase land, otherwise slated for development, to enlarge Lake View Elementary’s outdoor classroom. With 80% of the students from low-income families with limited opportunities to experience the natural world, this outdoor classroom is one of the only opportunities some students have to find connection between themselves, their community, and the natural environment. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

8.     The Playing Field offers the highest level of early care and education to children from varied socio-economic backgrounds. In the context of our school family, we care for and educate children experiencing homelessness right alongside children from more advantaged backgrounds. We believe our unique model is an important step toward minimizing the disparity between Madison’s youngest citizens. Highlights include very low child to teacher ratios, educated and experienced teachers, a focus on early attachments and brain development, engaging interactions and environments, and City of Madison Child Care Accreditation as well as a Five Star Rating with Young Star, Wisconsin’s Quality Rating System. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

9.     Solace provides a place of compassionate presence and caregiving to the most vulnerable and in need as they prepare for the end of their life. Our goal is to create a “surrogate family” in a house near downtown Madison so that those who are homeless, socially isolated, or otherwise marginalized have a place to spend their last weeks-months of life. We will collaborate with area hospices so that medical needs are attended to, but Solace itself will provide basic caregiving, companionship, and support to those in our home. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019

10.  Theatre LILA creates inventive new works and bring theatre to life in unexpected ways. To consistently provide a professional level laboratory to assist in development of teaching artists and professional performers. To collaborate with schools and community based organizations to develop educational arts programs, enabling the building of bridges and offering cultural exchange. Any donations received would be used for funding our Racial Equity Initiative. Nominated: March 2017 Expiring: March 2019


Charities expiring after June 2019:
  1.     Badger Childhood Cancer Network: Founded 30 years ago, Badger Childhood Cancer Network initially serviced as a regional support group for parents of children with cancer. Currently, the Network provides programs and services in 30+ counties to serve families with children in treatment for cancer and blood disorders at American Family Children’s Hospital. Services include providing financial and transportation assistance to families, monthly support groups, connecting families of children with similar diagnosis’, sponsoring social events for families and providing information and assistance to families with hospitalized children.  Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 20192.     Catholic Charities has been serving the poor, less fortunate and vulnerable for over 70 years. We serve all and employ all regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic or ethnic background. Catholic Charities was chosen as operator of the homeless day resource center, which will open this fall and located at 615 E. Washington Avenue, Madison. Catholic Charities is working diligently now through a partnership with Bethel, but also planning for the many services that a new comprehensive resource center will offer to homeless individuals, families and children in our community. Catholic Charities is committed to funding the center at $150,000 annually to be raised from individual donors and grants. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

3.     Children’s Dyslexia Center– Madison was founded in 2000. We provide one-on-one tutoring twice weekly, at no cost, for children with dyslexia ages 7-17. Individualized lessons allow tutors to tailor learning, building on each child’s strengths and needs. We are a nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham (O-G) training facility, and have trained over 60 tutors. The O-G Method is multisensory, systematic, sequential and phonemic. The CDC-M has a 95% success rate helping children with dyslexia read at their grade level. Since 2001, we have graduated over 225 students. In 2013 we also began a training and supervision program for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

4.     Community Breakfast’s mission and goal is to prepare and serve a wholesome breakfast with caring smiles and warm hearts twice a month throughout the entire year. Our organization prepares a multi-cultural breakfast buffet containing a full course meal of hot food dishes, deserts and beverages. The couple who founded the charity are passionate about reaching out to people who are in the most need in our local community through fellowship and providing a nutritional breakfast from the heart. Donations primarily come from the founders, volunteers, members of their church congregation, as well as donations from various businesses and or organizations throughout our local community. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

5.     End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin promotes social change that transforms societal attitudes, practices and policies to prevent and eliminate violence, abuse, and oppression. For advocates, survivors and allies, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is the only statewide coalition led by social policy advocates, lobbyists, attorneys and experts working to support, connect, equip, empower and lead organizations for social change to end domestic abuse because everyone deserves dignity and safety. We envision communities fully engaged to provide safety and to give a voice to all affected by domestic abuse, while creating the social change necessary to address its root causes. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

6.     Habitat for HumanityThrough volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent, affordable homes with the help of our partner families. Habitat sells the homes to partner families at no profit and makes them affordable to partner families with a zero-percent interest loan. Homeowners pay monthly mortgage payments to Habitat and then those payments are used to build more Habitat houses. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, families are required to put in between in 325 and 375 sweat equity hours. Including property taxes and insurance, the Habitat homeowner’s monthly mortgage payment is limited to 25% of gross income.   Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

7.     HealthConnect.Link is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and families in our community who are in need. We can connect those who face the greatest social and structural barriers to health to affordable healthcare and social services. With our many partners, we are creating a free online community to instantly match a person’s needs with nearby agencies that are immediately available to provide care. Our simple yet powerful resource will include a broad spectrum of agencies and programs who site to easily connect with their target population, describe the services they offer, and share the real-time availability of those services. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

8.     Horizon High School is Wisconsin’s only high school for students recovering from addiction and substance misuse issues.   Located in Madison, our mission is to provide high school level education in an alcohol and drug-free, nurturing, environment.   Students must be committed to recovery and express a desire to attend Horizon. We have been saving teen lives since January 2005. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

9.     Madison Dental Initiative’s mission is serving the dental needs of the underserved people of Dane County with compassion, while fostering the spirit of volunteerism among dental professionals, and increasing access to dental care. In 2016, MDI served nearly 700 low-income and homeless patients, and with a new clinic at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Dane County, MDI anticipates serving over 1400 patients in 2017. Patients are typically at or below 100% of the federal poverty line, but MDI makes it a priority not to judge their backgrounds and strive to take care of their dental needs during their journey back to health and stability. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

10.  Third Street, a YWCA program, is located on the third and fourth floors at the downtown YWCA Madison location, provides affordable apartments, a safe neighborhood for families, and support services. The program serves single moms with one or two children, birth to four years old, or women in their last trimester of pregnancy. Third Street families overcome the challenges of poverty, homelessness, and abuse while pursuing goals towards becoming self-reliant. The program supports parents in nurturing their children by providing stability, support, and a starting place. While in the program, women are able to pursue their goals and build a positive housing history. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019

11.  Unity Point Health – Meriter Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve. Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Program provides the only community-based inpatient mental health hospital for children and adolescents in the Madison area. These children, ages 6 to 18, are severely depressed, isolated and scared. Last year, our dedicated care team worked to nurture over 850 kids – in a safe place where they can begin their healing process. These young patients learn strategies and tools to help them work towards a brighter future. In all, 75% of children in Dane County who need inpatient mental health care receive it at CAP. Nominated: June 2017 Expiring: June 2019