Our Good Works

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From the first acts of caring by the two original “attic angels” in 1889 to the well-orchestrated fund-raising and outreach programs of today, Attic Angel Association has sought to make a positive and tangible difference for children and seniors in the greater Madison community.

Our Ongoing Contributions

Signature Fund-Raising Events

Our Angels host three major fund-raising sales each year: The Attic Sale in June, the Classic Clothing Sale in the fall and the Holidays Galore & More Sale each November. The Attic Sale, a gigantic resale of high-quality home merchandise, is one of Madison’s best-known events, having been part of our culture for more than half a century. All three of these sales raise funds for deserving nonprofit organizations whose programs align with Attic Angel Association’s charitable focus of that year. After surveying community needs, the Association’s Board of Directors determines a focus for the new year.

Community Grants

Funded by our signature sales events, our community grants program supports other nonprofit organizations concerned about the needs of children and the elderly in Dane County. Since 1983, we’ve donated nearly $7 million to more than 140 nonprofit grant recipients.

Health Care Scholarships

Attic Angel’s New Horizon Fund provides scholarships for students pursuing health care education at Madison College. (Attic Angel Place is often a clinical training site for such students.) The fund grows in honor of each year’s Board Chair and Angels who have reached milestone anniversaries as a volunteer so that their demonstrated commitment to good works may continue into the future.

School Partnership

As part of the Adopt-a-School program through the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, Attic Angel has taken Falk Elementary School under its wing. Located on Madison’s southwest side, the school includes a number of families of limited means. To help, Attic Angel Association conducts drives for school supplies and winter clothing and contributes goods and volunteer time to events at the school to raise money and build relationships. In return, Falk students have brought new joy to Attic Angel Place through such things as artwork and an orchestra concert.

Continuing Education

For more than 40 years, Attic Angel Association has organized a weekly series of continuing education programs for seniors. Experts from the University of Wisconsin and other local businesses present a wide range of topics, and the public is invited to join our learning community free of charge.

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Our History-Shaping Achievements

Historic NurseIn the early 1900s, when good health care was hard to come by, the growing Attic Angel group of civic-minded women pledged $1,000 along with additional help to establish Madison’s first hospital in 1903. Five years later, they established Madison’s first visiting nurse service, which is today known as Home Health United. And in 1915, they started and ran the city’s first well-child clinics for 34 years before turning them over to the Madison Health Department. 
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Starting with a concern for children of poor families back in 1889, Attic Angel Association deepened their commitment to children in 1969 by building and maintaining a facility to house a much-needed South Madison day care. In 1991, Attic Angel donated the building to the occupant, Child Development Inc. (CDI). In 2014, Attic Angel provided $100,000 to renovate the building before it reopened as One City Early Learning Center, which prepares children ages birth to 5 for life success.
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The Association expanded its care to older adults in 1953, when the group determined Madison’s need for a nursing home for middle-income people who did not qualify for public assistance. They bought a home on East Gorham Street in Madison and provided care to 21 residents. The Association later built a health center on Segoe Road and added independent living apartments before moving to Old Sauk Road and expanding to include assisted living, memory care and a complete on-site rehabilitation department. With the 2002 addition of Attic Angel Prairie Point’s ranch-style homes for independent living, Attic Angel Community now serves more than 300 residents.

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