American Girl’s Fund for Children is pleased to announce that $499,150 has been granted to support children’s programming in Dane County. The following 33 organizations will receive funding for their arts, cultural, and environmental programs:

• Overture Center for the Arts

• Aldo Leopold Nature Center

• American Players Theatre

• Arts and Literacy Institute

• Bayview Foundation Community Center

• Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

• Bridge Lake Point Waunona Neighborhood Center

• Centro Hispano

• Children’s Theater of Madison (CTM)

• Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens

• Community Unity Arts

• Dane Arts Mural Arts, Inc. (DAMA)

• DeForest Area Public Library

• East Madison Community Center (EMCC)

• Friends of UW Odyssey Project

• Goodman Community Center

• Lake View Elementary School

• Li Chiao-Ping Dance

• Lussier Community Education Center

• Madison Reading Project

• Madison Symphony Orchestra

• Madison Youth Choirs

• Melharmony Foundation

• Opera for the Young

• Performing Ourselves

• PlayTime Productions

• Simpson Street Free Press

• TAPIT/New Works, Inc.

• The Road Home

• Theatre LILA

• Verona Area Community Theater

• VSA Wisconsin

• Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra

American Girl's Fund for Children (AGFFC) is a catalyst for connecting cultural arts and environmental resources with area children. Since 1988, AGFFC has awarded more than $11 million in grants to numerous Dane County organizations.

Funding is made possible through the Madison Children’s Museum Annual American Girl Benefit Sale of overstock and returned American Girl merchandise. To date, the children’s museum has received more than $13 million in sale proceeds, with the remaining portion returned to AGFFC and then re-distributed back into the community to area nonprofits that provide arts, culture, and environmental programs for youth.

AGFFC is a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation. The mission of the Madison Community Foundation is to encourage, facilitate, and manage long-term philanthropy. The Madison Community Foundation was established in 1942 as a tax-exempt community trust and is governed by a board of governors representing the broad interests of the community. Individuals and organizations interested in establishing an endowment with Madison Community Foundation or donating money to its general fund may get more details online at

Grant applications from charitable organizations must be received by Aug. 1 of each year. To request a Fund for Children grant application, please visit or call the Madison Community Foundation at (608) 232-1763.

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