Nonprofits we spotlight and support in Dane County, Wisconsin.

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In 2021 the Mad City Dream Homes team learned more about the initiatives of the local group - Own It. Own It’s mission is to empower, educate and guide Black families in building household wealth through education and real estate homeownership. We do this through advocacy, education, and addressing systemic racism in real estate, banking and financial industries. 

Own It offers families, staff, and alumni at One City Schools education programs and down payment assistance to use towards the purchase of a home.  

OWN IT Building Black Wealth

As real estate professionals we are learning more about how systemic racism is embedded in our industry and how it impacts the wealth gap. Our team is contributing our time and resources to Own It -- Ann Raschein and Samantha Haas are key

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Have you been thinking of donating your time, talent or money to an initiative that's near and dear to your heart? There are so many committed organizations that are tackling important issues in the Madison area, and they need our support. Below we've highlighted just a few of the organizations that our team members are actively supporting right now. Perhaps one of these local community groups, or one with a similar mission, will inspire you to get involved in 2022? 

getting involved in the Madison community

12 local organizations receiving our support

Defending Black Girlhood


Home Buyers Round Table


Foundation for Dane County Parks

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As we turn the page on 2021 and get ready for 2022, many of us are working on our goals for the new year. And for most of us, our goals usually fall into one of a few different categories. For example:

  • family and relationships
  • health and well being
  • financial health
  • and career-related goals

Another goal area that many of us are exploring right now is the area of community service. But with so many community service paths to consider, it can be hard to know where to begin. 

If you're feeling a little unsure about how to begin yourself, we have an exercise for you that will help you get started with your service journey. With this simple exercise you'll be able to choose your path by reflecting on 3 simple questions. 

Community Service in Madison WI


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What started as a Kiwanis Club service project in the 1950s to support young people has grown into the largest neighborhood center for all ages in Madison. The Goodman Community Center has been serving the community -- predominantly those living on the northeast side of the city -- for the last 70 years. Through the connected values of integrity, respect, caring, equity, and trust, Goodman’s mission is to strengthen lives and secure futures. 

“The way I think about that is helping folks in the here and now and setting folks up for long-term success as well,” said Jon Lica, Director of Corporate & Community Relations. Programs range from urgent services such as the food pantry to those that “help young folks build themselves into the adults they

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How might your life be different if you were offered a fresh start when you were younger? For 50 years, Operation Fresh Start (OFS) has been building the futures and transforming the lives of more than 8,000 young people with that question in mind. The mission of the nonprofit is to empower emerging adults on a path to self-sufficiency through education, mentoring, and employment training. 

“I think how this organization started is just amazing,” said OFS Development Director Jody Weyers. “Jack Osteraas was a former police officer and saw the same young people on the street all the time. So he talked to some different funding partners and got enough money to buy a dilapidated house, and he got a crew of 8 young men together to rehab the house with him

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This is a question we've been asking ourselves a lot over the last few years. And the answer we keep coming back to, time after time, is community.

Mad City Dream Homes Real Estate Team

As realtors, we are out in the field each day, serving our clients, meeting new people, and interacting with other business owners. We've come to realize that simply by doing our jobs each day we have the potential to exert a tremendous amount of influence in our community.

In the big picture, we believe we can use our influence to help thousands of neighbors and business owners invest in making Dane County a better place to live, work, and recreate. If we can accomplish this, then our influence will be far-reaching. 

Our focus on community

Our focus on community continues to evolve, but we'd

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The Dane County Farmers’ Market has gained notoriety for being the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the United States. Each Saturday, nearly 100 vendors line Capitol Square to sell their goods -- from cauliflower to cheese curds -- all of which are grown, raised, and produced in Wisconsin by the person behind the stand. 

Since its inception nearly 50 years ago in 1972, the market’s mission has been to unite urban and rural cultures and allow people to connect with their food on a different level than they could by purchasing it from anywhere else.  

“The market supports small farmers who grow food in an environmentally-thoughtful way and also supports our local community,” said Market Manager Jamie Bugel. “The market is an incredible

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A few years ago we asked to join the Foundation for Dane County Parks based on a hunch. A hunch that we could donate our business skills to a cause and help that cause enhance its impact on the community. We chose the Foundation because parks and nature are vital to a healthy community. We're almost 4 years into this now, and we've learned so much from our experience. Mainly, great things happen when people come together to support a higher cause. 

Indian Lake Park Photo by Samantha Haas

Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who are donating your time, your skills, and your money to the causes that are important to you. You may not realize this, but you are role models who inspire others to follow your example. We're committed to following your lead and serving the Foundation and many

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In January 2010, Haiti was the site of an earthquake that killed over 300,000 people and displaced millions of Haitians. Gergens Polynice, a student at UW-Madison, was from Port-au-Prince (the capital of Haiti and also the epicenter of the earthquake) and had spent the holidays at home. Although his family was not hurt, the needs of the Haitian community were immediate. One of his professors, Tom Eggert, taught a class on sustainable development and organized students in the class to help those in Haiti who were left without places to stay, places to work, and places of safety. “This was one of the first natural disasters you could donate to on your phone via text, and the international community arrived with food, medicine, shelter, and water. But my

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Over the years we've been working to become more intentional about how we invest in the community. With this spirit in mind, we're offering gift certificates to the Dane County Farmers' Market to the first 20 people who reach out to us by August 15th. All you need to do is contact us, and we'll mail your certificate to you. 

Farmers Market Downtown Madison WI

When we buy directly from local producers, we use our purchasing power to support sustainable agriculture, invest in our local economy, and lead a healthier lifestyle. Not to mention that Downtown Madison is a wonderful place to be on a Saturday morning. Many downtown businesses are re-emerging from the pandemic, so we encourage everyone to spend some time on State Street and buy locally.

Speaking of supporting local

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