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MADISON PARKS FOUNDATION INC

Parks are a Gift

Quick Facts

aka Madison Parks Foundation

Madison, WI

Mission

As the non-profit partner of Madison Parks, we help our community conserve, promote and enhance our parks.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Madison Parks Foundation is dedicated to future generations of citizens through efforts to preserve, maintain and expand our gift of parks and open space in Madison. The intended purpose of the Madison Parks Foundation is to acquire financial resources through memberships and via grants and other contributions to make park improvements. The resources of the Madison Parks Foundation are not intended to replace or substitute for tax revenues generated for the annual ongoing maintenance activities of the Madison Parks Division.

Ruling Year

2003

Executive Director

Stephanie Franklin

Main Address

1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy

Madison, WI 53715 USA

Keywords

Parks, Legacy, Advocate, Recreation, Health, Economic Development, Sports, Community, Events, Nature, Education, Accessibility, Citizens

EIN

33-1047992

 Number

0889450654

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Madison Parks Foundation started only 17 years ago as the fiduciary agent for the City of Madison Parks. The Madison Parks Foundation's largest challenge is establishing an identity separate from the City of Madison Parks Division. The money that is raised by the Madison Parks Foundation supports its 279 Madison Parks where tax-payer obligations cannot.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than a Playground

Madison Parks Foundation Learn to Series

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of free participants in conferences

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Madison Parks Foundation Learn to Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Each year the Madison Parks Foundation hosts the Learn-to Series where participants can attend a class that is instructed to learn new or different activities to do in parks free of charge.

Total number of guided tours given

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Madison Parks Foundation Learn to Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

One of the Friends groups - Friends of Urban Nature provides free Nature & Bird tours once a week that are free and open to the public.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

As we move to the future, our vision is to “Renew the Legacy" of the Madison Parks & Pleasure Drive Association; a dedicated group of everyday citizens who – 126 years ago – laid the foundation for parks we have in Madison today. The work of the Madison Parks Foundations reflects our rich history and legacy as we embrace their grassroots spirit by raising funds for projects, community advocacy and park programming for which tax dollars are not available.

To create a better awareness of the Madison Parks Foundation, we are implementing a social media plan in conjunction with a strategic plan for events to help promote and create awareness for our organization.

The Madison Parks Foundation's board continues to grow with individuals that come with a great many strengths and connections to help us create the plan for increased public awareness.

Our measure of progress will be marked by increased attendance at events, social media analytics and increased donations.

Accessibility & Inclusion: Fully accessible playground fundraising KNOW – raising $150,000 for youth programming at Warner Park Community Recreation Center Learn to Series Awards $15,000 grant to Parks to replace the playground at Goodman Pool - the City’s 1st fully accessible playground. Sponsored free community engaging events Education & Legacy: Fundraising partner for Connecting Children to Nature program Launched historical signage project – placing signs in city’s major parks Publicized the History of our Parks – 4-part tv series – Olin, Brittingham, Vilas & Tenney Created Picnic in the Park event to educate and inform residents of the history and work of MPF and the Madison Park & Pleasure Drive Association Outreach: Initiates a public effort to rename McPike Park Fundraising partner for the Swimming lesson scholarships & free and reduced admissions at Goodman Pool Working with local veterinarians to establish project to improve dog parks Awarded grant to Friends of Urban Nature for binoculars for free community bird & nature walks Awarded First Tee Golf Scholarships Sponsored Volunteer Appreciation night for Parks Social media presence Quarterly newsletter Collaboration: Partnerships with neighborhood & friends groups Partnered with the City Parks Division to administer legacy gifts and establishes an endowment Partnered with Parks Division to establish and run the Tributes and Memorial program MPF negotiates a transfer of funds from Friends of Nakoma Park to a less advantaged park (Doncaster) for their playground renovation Events: Picnic in the Park – 2015 to present Makeshift Festival – 2017 & 2018 Partner with Madison Mallards as a sponsor for Shake the Lake – 2017 to present Snow Glow - 2018 Concert in the Breese – 2014 - 2016 Legacy Golf Outing – 2014 - 2016 Capital Projects: Fundraising $300,000 for fully-accessible playgrounds Fundraised $300,000 for 2 additional splash parks at Elver and Reindahl parks Fundraising partner for the Goodman Pool – Madison’s first community pool Fundraising partner for the Brittingham Boathouse Renovation Fundraising partner for the Veteran Memorial Park Fundraising partner for Tenney Park Shelter Renovation Fundraising partner for the Skate Park at McPike Park Fundraising partner for Pickleball Complex at Garner Park

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MADISON PARKS FOUNDATION INC

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/06/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data