Marshfield Area Community Foundation
Since 1993, area residents have been turning to the Marshfield Area Community Foundation to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. We are a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern—improving the quality of life in Marshfield and surrounding communities. Please see the About Us page for more information.
The Marshfield Area Community Foundation was established 21 years ago by the Adler sisters, Anne and Bette. Their goal was to make a long-term impact on their home community of Marshfield. And what an impact this Foundation has made! We now have $9.9 million in assets and more than 133 funds. To date we have given back $4.1 million to our community. We have funds that support the arts, education, the environment, animals, sports and leisure, youth development, human services, and community development.
Many non-profits exist in Marshfield to help make sure people have foodand shelter. But some people are falling through the cracks. We are seeing alarming changes here in Marshfield. Our 2014 Vital Signs reports on the socioeconomic health of our community:
- The number of children who qualify for free or reduced lunches is increasing in Marshfield; currently there are over 1300 kids who need help.
- We know we have over 68 homeless children.
- Our median income has declined for the last four years, declining 3.2% since last year.
- 1 out of every 5 children, right here in Marshfield, is living in poverty.
- 20% of our 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students reported that they did not have enough food to eat within the last 30 days.
Last year, in honor of our 20th Anniversary, we are undertook a new project. We wanted to insure that children have a warm winter coat, boots, mittens, snow pants and the things all students need to be successful. We gave out new or gently used coats, boots, snow pants, and mittens to about 350 children.
Thanks to you these children were warm last winter- the coldest winter on record! Because of how successful the program was and knowing that the need continues, we will supply children with warm coats again this year. We funded a pilot program through United Way to provide nutrition on weekends (NOW) for students who didn’t have enough food to eat at home. The need has grown by leaps and bounds for this service. Might you be willing to help?
People wishing to help may donate to this project may send their tax deductible contribution to the Marshfield Area Community Foundation at PO Box 456 Marshfield, WI 54449.
Marshfield Community TV filmed a segment on the Foundation and it's anniversary. Click here to view that program!
We prepared a short video of our history: Looking Back, Moving Forward . Marilyn Hardacre, Terry Frankland, Joyce Billings, Dean Markwardt, Kelly Bender, Ron Sturomski, and Amber Leifheit talk about the important milestones for the Foundation:
Our Annual report for 2013-2014 is now available. Please click here .
The annual Scholarship Bulletin is distributed as an insert in The Buyers' Guide during the month of February. The Bulletin lists not only the 39 scholarships offered through MACF, it also includes scholarships offered by other foundations, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals to graduates of 10 area school districts. Several scholarships are available for “non-traditional” students as well. You may browse this bulletin to prepare for your scholarship search next year.
If you click on the link(s) below, you may download a PDF file of the Scholarship Bulletin, our Annual Report, or view a PowerPoint presentation which provides an overview of the community foundation, and the big meaning behind it or view a movie about MACF.
We operate in compliance with the National Standards for Community Foundations as set forth by the Council on Foundations. The Marshfield Area Community Foundation is one of 21 Community Foundations in Wisconsin accredited through a rigorous peer review process.