Strong Roots: Building Economically Stable Families Press Release

(Feb. 25, 2016) Madison, Wis. – Today, local leaders began a conversation with the community on how, collectively, we can implement strategies to reduce poverty. Poverty is one of the largest challenges children and families face in Dane County. United Way of Dane County convened the Delegation to Create Economically Stable Families in 2014, led […]

WKOW-TV: New Tech App to Help the Homeless

MADISON (WKOW) — The tech-engineers at Zendesk, Inc. software company are just a few of the minds behind the newly launched online app. United Way of Dane County has joined forces with the tech company to develop a mobile website to help homeless people locate basic services like food, shelter and medical care. The website called […]

Capital Times: United Way, Zendesk launch mobile website to help homeless find services

Published February 22, 2016, Written by Pat Schneider United Way of Dane County has joined forces with Zendesk, Inc. to develop a mobile website to help homeless people locate basic services like food, shelter and medical care. Link-Dane went live Monday at The site allows users to access locations for basic services from any Internet-enabled […]

Wisconsin State Journal: Recommendations seek to reduce police use of force

Published February 19, 2016, Written by Jeff Glaze Permitting police officers to use Tasers in more situations and bolstering public understanding of how certain behaviors trigger greater use of force from police are among a variety of recommendations in a new report meant to help ease tensions and grow trust between minority communities and law […]

Capital Times: Task force formed after Tony Robinson shooting unveils use-of-force recommendations

Published February 19, 2016, Written by Steven Elbow While protesters hit the streets in the weeks after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen on the city’s east side last spring, a group of law enforcement officers, community leaders and activists began to look at how law enforcement could handle potentially deadly encounters […]

WISC-TV Media Coverage: Special Community/Police Task Force

Madison, WI (Feb. 19, 2016) – In a groundbreaking collaboration between leaders of color and law enforcement leaders, a group is issuing a call to action to all law enforcement agencies in Dane County on the use of force by law enforcement. For More Information, click here. Dane County police chiefs have agreed to support […]

February 2016: Verona Teen Group Works to End Poverty

“Our goal is just to do as much as we can and help improve as many lives as possible.” – Kirsten Queoff, Verona Area High School Senior and Verona Aid member There’s a movement growing in Verona and a group of teenagers is doing everything possible to create positive change in their own community. Verona […]

Wisconsin State Journal: Read Up! Madison Fund: Help a kid learn to read

Published February 14, 2016 It’s not much of a leap to think that many local residents would like to do something to help close the Madison School District’s decades-old achievement gap. And many would also love to contribute to an effort to slow the dreaded “summer slide,” when students often regress academically during the out-of-school […]