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Vital Signs 2014

The City of Marshfield, the Marshfield Are United Way, and the Marshfield Area Community Foundation share a common goal of improving the lives of the individuals in the Marshfield area.  We have partnered since 2011 to produce Vial Signs, a compilation of data relating to the economic and social health of the Marshfield area.  Data inthis report represent multiple yeres to show trends that are shping our community.  Current economic conditions have hit our community, neihbors, and friends hard.  This report seeks to track the impact of the current recession on our local economies and families.  Our hope is that local decision-makers and organizations will utilize this data, as they weigh their decisions for the betterment of uor community.  You may pick up a copy of this report at our office, at 907 N. Central Avenue, click here to view the on-line edition, or here is the link to the booklet:

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 pages for more information.

Last  year we are celebrated our 20th Anniversary.

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 $7.4 million in assets and more than 110 funds.  To date we have given back $3.8 million to the community. We have funds that support the arts, education, the environment, animals, sports and leisure, youth development, human services, and community development.  For example, our funds have supported Hamus Park, Wildwood Park, Boson Tennis Courts, Braem Park Disk Golf, Weber Park, over $443,000 in scholarships, The Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, New Visions, many local churches. Our mission is to “Connect the people that care with the causes that matter to improve the quality of life in the Marshfield Area.”

Many non-profits exist in Marshfield to help make sure people have food and shelter.  But some people are falling
through the cracks.  We are seeing alarming changes here in Marshfield.  The number of children who qualify for free or reduced lunches is increasing in Marshfield.   34% of all children in the public schools qualify for free and reduced meals. 1340 kids need help.  We know we have over  68 homeless children.  More children are living in poverty in

Last year, in honor of our 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 we all students need to be successful. At  We provided warm coats, boots, snow pants to over 300 children.  The need is still present, and our Board voted to continue the program this year.  We are again asking our community to provide  gently used, clean items. We have blue boxes with the Keep Kids Warm Photo at all public and private schools, United Way, and  at our offices at 907 N. Central Avenue.  Items may be dropped in these boxes. We also need cash contributions so we may be able to purchase items we need.

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.

20 Years of Giving

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 is now available.    Please click here or below on the cover that shows our ribbon cutting welcoming you to our new location!

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.


National Standards

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.