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Become a public education champion.

Our Schools Make Madison Champion donors are the backbone of ongoing, sustained progress. Their recurring annual contributions fuel our work and facilitate opportunities to strategically address school needs and priorities.   

About the Program

Our Champion donors believe every student deserves an equal chance to succeed.  

The Schools Make Madison Champions donor society was founded in 2018 to build a sustained base of support for the Madison Public Schools Foundation. Champion donors understand that strong, reliable financial support is critical to ensuring a high-quality and equitable education for all public school students in Madison. Champions make an unrestricted contribution of $500 or more to support the Foundation’s mission every year. We honor the individuals who champion our work through recognition and engagement during the year.  

A Positive Impact

Champions Make a Real Difference

Funds That Drive Results

Champions ensure our Foundation is strong.

As a Champion, you provide a consistent source of funding and resources that drive results in our schools. For example, our Champions have helped us build and sustain critical Adopt-A-School Partnerships that have contributed over $3.26 million in resources over the last four years.

Supporting Innovative Initiatives

Champions enable us to innovate and meet current needs.

School and student needs can change quickly. With your support, we’re able to fund research and development that facilitates new opportunities for students. Most recently, support from Champions helped facilitate the creation of Schools Make Madison Advocates and gave us the bandwidth to launch initiatives like the Teacher Support Network. 

Building Trust in the Community

Champions inspire community confidence in the Foundation.

Your support as a Champion is about more than money. When you demonstrate your faith in our mission and organization, it helps increase awareness and increase support for the Madison Public Schools Foundation. Support from Champions has served as a catalyst for our recent growth and expansion, ensuring we remain a dependable source of funding for Madison’s public schools.

What to Expect

Build a Pathway to Opportunity

When you become a Champion, we assure you that your gift will be put to work right away. Gifts can be made monthly, quarterly or annually and we offer a variety of options to fulfill your Champion donation. As a Champion, you will be invited to an annual donor reception and receive updated reports and newsletters throughout the year.

A thriving school system needs the support of the community. Become a Schools Make Madison Champion!

All Champions advance learning opportunities for students. Here is an overview of the giving levels:

$25,000+ Per Year

Become a Graduate Champion and change the lives of students throughout the district.

Become a Graduate Champion

Honor Roll
$10,000 – $24,999 Per Year

A significant investment that has a significant impact

Become an Honor Roll Champion

$5,000 – $9,999 Per Year

A remarkable gift that empowers our public schools.

Become an Honor Roll Champion

$2,500 – $4,999 Per Year

Crucial funds that drive change.

Become a Principal Champion

$1,000 – $2,499 Per Year

Gifts that provide for our schools.

Become an Educator Champion

$500 – $999 Per Year

Providing the resources our students need.

Become a Scholar Champion

“The Schools Make Madison program is vital to sustaining the Foundation as the go-to partner for the Madison Metropolitan School District. We are pleased to help the Foundation continue to grow and support Madison’s public schools so the community can meet the challenge of providing the best educational opportunities for the next generation and beyond.”

Betsy Huebel and Dave Silverberg, Schools Make Madison Champion Donors

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