The following umbrella groups are participating in the Combined Campaign and represent all the charities that you can choose from to support. 

Access

Access to Community Services

Access to Community Services was founded on the belief that all people deserve equal access to opportunities that allow them to live, work and enjoy life in their communities. Member charities provide people with disabilities and other challenges access to job training, support in living situations and assistance with recreational time through arts programs and sports opportunities. 

Featured charity:

Dreamweavers, Inc. is a Madison non-profit supporting adults with disabilities to live independently, most of whom are proud MMSD graduates! Fred Swanson, West High School Transition Teacher and stellar community organizer, has been a volunteer Board member for too many years to count. We recently partnered to place a student, Cyrus, in an open admin position with our agency. Cyrus is already an invaluable part of our team, and his MMSD assistant helps him to be so successful.        

community health charities

Community Health Charities

Community Health Charities is a nonprofit that raises awareness and resources for health and wellness by connecting the most trusted health charities across Wisconsin with caring donors, just like you! 

Featured charity:

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin: Novalie’s one true wish is to be a rock star. To make her dream possible, she and her dad started writing an original song. Novalie then had the idea that it would be cool to make a music video and perform the song live. Her great ideas are taking flight; her wish will come true this October. Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin worked with recording studio Tanner-Monagle to finish writing the song and arrange a recording session and music video shoot. Make-A-Wish will also host a red-carpet premier party for Novalie at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. Novalie will be a true rock star, receiving all the V.I.P. treatment. She’ll also receive a very healthy dose of hope, strength and joy thanks to a wish come true.

Novalie posing on stage
Novalie was diagnosed when she was just one month old but she hasn’t let her illness keep her from living life to the fullest.

community shares

Community Shares of Wisconsin

For more than 45 years, Community Shares of Wisconsin has worked to advance social justice and environmental protection. Its member nonprofits lead efforts in Dane County and throughout Wisconsin to protect our civil rights and build a safe and sustainable future where everyone can thrive.

Featured charity: 

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.

students eating healthy food at school

earthshare wisconsin

EarthShare Wisconsin

One environment. One simple way to care for it. EarthShare Wisconsin is a combined state, regional and national network of some of the most effective environmental and conservation organizations, working hard every day to safeguard the precious natural resources we all depend on for our health, wellbeing and recreation.

Featured charity:

The Ice Age Trail Alliance Saunters program enables students to discover core concepts related to the natural environment and activities they can complete while hiking different segments of the Ice Age Trail. Each student receives a Companion Guide for Sauntering – an Ice Age Trail journal [PDF] to use as they explore the trail. In addition to this resource, IATA staff and volunteers provide classroom presentations prior to Saunters expeditions.

ice age trail

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County engages our community, uses data, research, and best practices, mobilizes volunteers, and builds the capacity of local partners to achieve measurable results and change lives. Our three priority areas are education, income and health.

Featured charity:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Dane County serves people affected by serious mental illness through educational materials, a lending library, classes, support groups and much more. Each year, staff, students and families from our schools form a super team which participates in the annual NAMI walk in October. 

MMSD super team at NAMI walk
MMSD Super Team at the 2017 NAMI Walk on October 1.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Global Impact focuses on making a tangible difference in the lives of the world's most vulnerable citizens through disaster relief, education, health training, and economic programs that promote self-sufficiency.

Featured charity:

United States Fund for UNICEF: We believe in a world where ZERO children die from causes we can prevent. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first.

America's Charities

America's Charities

America's Charities works to develop the spirit of giving at the workplace by offering a broad range of charities reflecting the diversity of American people and supporting efficient, low-cost workplace charitable giving campaigns.

Featured charity:

"I Have A Dream" Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing guaranteed tuition assistance for college and a long-term program of academic and social support.