Coffee, Beer and Generosity

Posted by Laura Kocum on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 8:40am.

Madison is home to all kinds of non-profits and charities. The generous spirit of the city means more than 6,100 nonprofits exist, just within Dane County. From causes helping animals and the environment to victim advocacy and empowerment, there is no shortage of ways to give back. This weekend, we highlight two opportunities for giving, right in town.


In true Wisconsin fashion, raising money for the Dane County Humane Society includes a beer at a local brewery. Bring your dog to Capital Brewery on Sunday afternoon. Dogtoberfest attracts about 500 guests and their four legged companions. Event organizers ask that animals be friendly and remain leashed throughout the event. Admission is a $10 donation at the door, and Capital Brewery's signature beers will be available for purchase. Dogtoberfest goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Spectrum Brands. 

The Dane County Humane Society's mission is "Helping People Help Animals."  They provide an open admission shelter and guarantee that all healthy animals, and animals with treatable conditions, will find new homes.

Java Jive

If coffee is more your style, enjoy sipping at the Brink Lounge while you enjoy live music, breakfast, a silent auction and raffle. The 21st annual Java Jive benefits the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. Josh Dupont and Francie Phelps will offer a jazz performance, and the broad coffee selection is sure to please even the most particular coffee connoisseurs. Local coffee roasters including Ancora Coffee, Cargo & Ground Zero Coffee, Colectivo Coffee, EVP Coffee Co., Indie Coffee, JavaCat, and True Coffee Roasters will be on hand to let you sample some of Madison's best. Admission is $35 at the door. Doors open at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, with the event continuing until 12:30.  The event's gold sponsor is Fox47.

The Rape Crisis Center works within Dane County to promote hope, help and healing for those harmed by sexual violence and strives through education and outreach to create social change to end sexual violence. Their services include educational outreach programs, a 24 hour hotline, and counseling assistance for both sexual assault survivors and those working to support them.

There are thousands of opportunities to give in Madison. Join these and other local charities and help make the community a better place!

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