Community Partners

2017-18 Community Partners





Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving Dane County.  The agency’s mission is to provide innovative services dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of youth, their families and our community. 

The organization was formed in 2003 by the merger of Briarpatch, Inc. (established 1971) and Community Adolescent Programs, Inc. (established 1978).  Project HUGS (established 1995) joined the agency in 2009.  The agency offers a broad array of services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.  Briarpatch works closely with local governments and other non-profit organizations to provide unique programs that fill service gaps.  Each year, Briarpatch serves approximately 3,000 unduplicated youth.



Whether offering the basics of animation, screen printing, music, clothing design, dance, or painting (to name a few), the Bubbler’s hands-on pop-up workshops introduces participants to a variety of local experts who share their talents and physical resources. Our deep list of partners keeps the Bubbler experience current and dynamic, offering a wide range of lectures, demonstrations, performances, and make-and-take workshops in all nine library branches and at partner locations around the city.




DreamBikes is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that strategically places used bicycle stores in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to provide hands-on, paid job training to teens. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens from the area to work in the store; teaching them how to refurbish bicycles, use the POS software, and to deliver great customer service. DreamBikes provides lifelong skills to our teen employees, helping them to shift gears and find a bright future.

Since 2008, DreamBikes has:
Refurbished and returned over 10,000 used bikes to the community
Provided jobs for over 80 teens, sparking transformational experiences
Served a diverse audience who now see the world from a bicycle seat





The mission of Madison Community Foundation is to inspire giving, support meaningful initiatives and connect people for the common good. Created in 1942, MCF helps people do their charitable giving their way, to causes they care about most. By starting an endowment fund or giving to an existing fund, donors become catalysts for good today and for generations to come.

As the community’s foundation, MCF is unique in its deep knowledge of the community, objective evaluation of charitable causes, expertise in charitable giving, and commitment to permanent, sustainable philanthropy. Together with donors and nonprofits, MCF strives to help the Madison area become a vibrant and generous place where we help each other thrive.






The Wisconsin Athletic Communications office is the public relations arm of the UW-Madison Athletic Department. Representing 23 varsity sports and more than 800 student-athletes, the UW Athletic Communications office works with administrators, coaches and student-athletes to tell the story of Wisconsin Athletics. That is done through a variety of channels including national and local media outlets, the official website of Wisconsin Athletics ( and official social media channels.