Ways to Support Downtown Madison

The Downtown Madison Fund

The purpose of this fund is to promote the vitality of downtown and leverage opportunities within and immediately adjacent to Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID). The BID represents more than 390+ businesses and 250+ property owners. It works to provide above and beyond the basic city taxpayer responsibility to generate an inviting, safe and inclusive entertainment and business destination that draws people from all parts of the city, county, and the world!

You can make a donation here: DONATE HERE

The Fund may be used for the following: building repairs/renovations/updates, facade repairs, small business support/loans, job preservation, job creation and training, quality of life programs, beautification, preservation, public safety and health initiatives, welcoming and enhancement features, events, holiday lighting and branding, art creation and installations, community outreach and engagement, research, economic impact and other information studies, partnership opportunities that strengthen downtown.

Distributions from the Fund will be advised by the Executive Committee of the BID. Distributions may be directed to tax-exempt public charities to provide support to those businesses, property owners and nonprofit organizations that are working together to strengthen our central city.

The Downtown Madison Fund is a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation , a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) community trust.

A financial statement of the Madison Community Foundation disclosing assets, liabilities, fund balances, revenue and expenses for the preceding fiscal year is available at www.madisongives.org/fs and will be provided to any person upon request.


Individual Business GoFundMe Efforts

Fontana Sports, a fixture in Madison for 71 years has been destroyed by looting and vandalism. All on the tail of having to be closed for 60+ days due to COVID-19 state restrictions. They have recently re-opened thier doors and we hope with the support of the community they will stay open.

Official GoFundMe Page: DONATE HERE

Irish Pub, has been a gathering place for a family of friends that have found themselves a patron, or employee, or both, since 1983. If those walls could talk they would tell stories of 37 years of a community built on libations and laughter, hugs and high fives, triumphs and tragedies, new beginnings and endings, and of course, so many shenanigans. Help keep them going with a donation today.

Official GoFundMe Page: DONATE HERE

Parthenon Gyro, has created a Parthenon Gyros Employee Relief Fund. All donations will be distributed directly to staff to help pay rents, help purchase necessities and keep fridges stocked during this really difficult time.

Official GoFundMe Page: DONATE HERE

The Plaza Tavern, a downtown Madison staple since 1930- hosting countless Badger tailgates, wedding parties, student get togethers, fundraisers, and family gatherings. Mary and Harold Huss created the Plaza Sauce recipe in 1963 that is still being enjoyed today. This family business could use your help to keep going.

Official GoFundMe Page: DONATE HERE


KIVA Loans

The BID in an endorsed trustee for the City of Madison KIVA Loan program. Learn more about the City of Madison's participation in KIVA. These downtown businesses are in the first round of loan fundrasing on KIVA and could use your help to boost them to the national level of fundraising. Currently, loans to these businesses are being matched dollar for dollar by the City of Madison.

The Ivory Room , a perennial favorite of Madison, particularly with their hit dueling pianos events! Your investment will help the Ivory Room survive the impact of COVID-19 and keep their piano players dueling.

Official KIVA Loan Page: DONATE HERE

Rocket Repair , is a locally owned techology repair shop. They have you covered when the tech in your life goes wrong. Your investmetn will help them survive the impact of COVID-19 while also staying up to date with equpiment needed to keep your brand new tech running longer.

Official KIVA Loan Page: DONATE HERE


Community Tip Jar

Madison Virtual Tip Jar : Look for your favorite Madison area service industry professionals and help fill their virtual tip jars.