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Foundation News – July 2019

Answer the call to report to the Principal’s Office!

“A Principal Experience makes you realize that a whole community must take part
in raising the next generation to ensure Madison’s future is even brighter.”
–Jason Ilstrup, President, Downtown Madison, Inc., 2018 Principal Partner


Our 16
th annual A Principal Experience – coming Tuesday, October 8 – provides a unique opportunity to experience both the rewards and the challenges our public school principals, teachers and students encounter on a daily basis. Since its inception, over 900 local leaders have participated as Principal Partners on this special day in October.

Join us as a Principal Partner! The call for Principal Partners is now open. Learn more about A Principal Experience here, or begin a Principal Partner application right now. Applications will be accepted until August 17. We’ll see you in the Principal’s Office!

Welcome, Forward Theater Company!
Forward Theater Company is our newest Adopt-a-School partner, formally adopting La Follette High School. Thank you to all our Adopt-a-School partners for all they do to help Schools Make Madison! Click here to see awesome coverage of this partnership!
Strong Partners, Strong Schools!  Our Adopt-a-School partners give over $1 million annually to our schools in time, talent and financial support. Is your workplace, faith community or group looking for a team-building or community support opportunity? Learn more today and consider adopting a school!

Advocating on behalf of our public schools

Advocacy is a key component of our vision to serve as the go-to partner to the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Three simple ways to advocate for public schools are:

  1. Vote – Every election, every issue.
  2. Read up on local and state issues that affect schools
  3. Visit our Advocacy page and toolkit

Strong public schools make a strong Madison. Whether or not you have kids in our public schools, we all share a stake in the strength of our schools. Check our Advocacy page frequently for tips and latest news.

Your Support At Work!

The Foundation manages dedicated endowment funds for each one of our 50 public schools! This past year, staff at Falk Elementary School used a grant from their School Endowment to refresh Spanish-language text available in the school library, choosing high-quality translations and engaging topics, all to help grow literacy skills and increase reading time. Without a school endowment, this upgrade may not have been possible this year. Without engaged donors like YOU, our school endowment funds would not be the robust resources for schools that they are today. Thank you!


Help Schools Make Madison with a gift today!
Please, consider a gift to the Foundation today, to the school endowment or special fund of your choice, or to support our operations.  To see what we accomplished with community investment last year, take a look at our Annual Report. Thank you!


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