Last week the Madison Community Foundation hosted its annual dinner with long time CBS News anchor and reporter Dan Rather as the featured speaker talking about the role of philanthropy. But what struck us, and most of our editorial board was there, were the many examples of the Community Foundation’s influence on Greater Madison, and the role the Foundation is playing in defining our future.

The first measure was certainly the 500-some people in the room, a cross section of this community’s business, civic, non-profit and elected leaders along with some of its most generous citizens. But comments by Foundation President Bob Sorge and a video highlighting the Foundation’s support for the Madison Public Library, the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment, the new Domestic Abuse Intervention Services shelter and so much more, clearly mark the Madison Community Foundation’s leadership on some of the most important issues our region faces.

Sorge and his talented team know what they’re doing and they are making a huge difference. We’re very lucky to have them and their wonderful donors as part of Madison’s foundation.