The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District launched an education foundation in the summer of 2011 with the goal of developing additional financial resources to support the educational mission of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.
With the formation of its foundation, MCPASD joined more than 5,000 other public schools and school districts nationwide – including several local districts – that have formed education foundations, which work both to augment programs and activities currently provided by the district, and to keep local communities informed on the strengths, challenges and needs of its schools.
The Foundation has awarded more than 70 grants worth more than $72,000 to District schools since 2013. Every District school has received multiple grants from the Foundation.
The Foundation has also awarded scholarships to graduating seniors for the past two years. The scholarships are worth $500 annually and renewable for up to four years.
The Foundation has raised more than $250,000 for its general endowment with Madison Community Founation. The Foundation has raised more than $30,000 for a second endowment that was established in 2016 to benefit disadvantaged students.
The Foundation has also written grants or secured funds worth more than $50,000 over the past few years. Those funds have been used to support the Youth Frontiers program at Kromrey, provide Chromebooks to every elementary school, develop an intergenerational art program involving Sauk Trail students and senior citizens and provided materials for the environmental education center at Kromrey that can be used by every student in the District.
The Foundation received 501(c)3 status from the federal goverment in 2016. Every gift to the Foundation is tax-deductible.
MCPASD has established an affiliation with the Madison Community Foundation, which will provide the necessary administrative and investment expertise for building a successful, permanent foundation.