Your Gift Makes a Big Difference

Why Give?

Everyone has the right to access enough nutritious and culturally responsive food to thrive. Through the generosity of our community, we’re able to support thousands of kids, seniors, and families who are forced to make tough choices for how to spend their limited resources every day. Your support provides millions of meals every year. Together, we’re improving lives and working toward nutrition security and food equity for everyone in southwestern Wisconsin.

Become a monthly donor

Thousands of families across southwestern Wisconsin rely on Second Harvest and our network of local food providers to make ends meet every month. Your monthly support is one of the most effective ways you can help nourish our community.

You can change your monthly giving anytime by logging in here.

Benefits of being a monthly donor:


  1. Monthly donations help Second Harvest and our network of food providers effectively plan ahead for greater impact


  2. It’s a great way to meet your philanthropic goals without having to remember to do it, it’s done automatically for you


  3. By giving a minimum of $100 a month you become part of our Sustainer’s Circle, with access to exclusive group tours, events, and special updates


Connect with us!

Chris Ziemba
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Donor Relations Manager


Eva Wingren
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Donor Relations Officer


“Eva was incredible! She supported me in making the right decisions for my philanthroptic goals.”

– Monthly Donor

More ways to give!

There are so many ways to give, and every gift makes a difference! Here, you’ll find instructions for different giving methods.

Mail or Phone

To send a gift by mail, please print and fill out the Financial Gift Form, and send it along with your gift to:

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
2802 Dairy Drive
Madison, WI 53718

To make a gift by phone with a credit card, or to speak to someone about giving, contact the Donor Relations Team at 608-216-7202.

Stock, IRA’s, and Donor-Advised Funds (DAF’s)

A gift of appreciated stock is a wonderful way to give a larger gift. Contact Chris Ziemba, Donor Relations Manager at 608-216-7244 to discuss the process.

If you are over 70½ years old and must take a Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA, consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) to Second Harvest Foodbank. QCD amounts are not taxed, though they are also not eligible for an additional charitable tax deduction. Contact your financial institution for more information or to request a QCD. If you or they have further questions or would like to inform us of your intent to make an IRA gift, please email Eva Wingren or call 608-216-7242.

Many investment companies and community foundations offer clients the ability to consolidate their giving for tax and administrative benefits through Donor Advised Funds. Fund holders receive a charitable tax deduction at the time of funding and can recommend grants to 501c3 charitable organizations, like Second Harvest, later. If you already have a DAF account with funds available for distribution, consider recommending a gift from it this year.

Planned Giving, Endowment Giving, Tributes/Honors/Memorials

Second Harvest is a partner of FreeWill, where you can create a legally binding will for no cost. FreeWill makes it easy to designate a future gift from your estate, 401k, life insurance, or other assets to Second Harvest or your other favorite charities. Create your FreeWill today.

Have you already listed Second Harvest as a beneficiary in your will? Let us know by clicking here.

In addition, there are planned gift vehicles that can help fulfill your personal financial goals while providing Second Harvest Foodbank with important, long-term support. Ask your financial advisor and check out our Gift Acceptance Policy for more information.

An endowment is a special fund with the goal of making a long-term impact. Money in the endowment is invested, and Second Harvest is able to spend the earnings while not depleting the initial gift. Second Harvest has a General Endowment and the Thea Aschkenase Endowment for Food For Thought, which benefits our school pantry work. Contact Chris Ziemba at 608-216-7244 if you’d like to make an endowment gift towards creating permanent resources for ending hunger. Because of the additional administrative steps involved in processing endowment gifts, our minimum gift size for endowments is $500.

Thea Aschkenase was a Holocaust survivor who worked tirelessly to advocate against hunger, particularly in schools. Her daughter Lea honored her legacy by launching many school markets in the Madison area, which are now supported by Second Harvest. Your gift to the Thea Aschkenase Endowment for Food For Thought will be part of a permanent legacy to ensure that kids have the nutrition they need to thrive.

Make your gift today

We are so honored to be part of the way you celebrate and remember your loved ones. When you give online, you can send them an e-card with a custom message!

Food Donations, Corporate Partnership, Employer Matching

Nearly 60% of the food distributed by Second Harvest is donated through large and bulk food donations from food producers, large-scale agricultural businesses, local grocery stores, and smaller donations from individuals, service organizations, and schools holding food drives. To make a large, bulk food donation, contact our Food Donor Coordinator, Jo Rabbach at 608-216-7241. To ask about holding a fund & food drive, contact Anna Spiekerman at 608-216-7205.

Just like there’s no one way to succeed, there’s more than one way to have your company support those facing hunger in our community. Your partnership with Second Harvest will help you meet your philanthropic goals while being associated with southwestern Wisconsin’s leading hunger-relief organization. Contact Karen Gallagher (608-216-7212) or Anna Spiekerman (608-216-7205) to find the best way for your organization to support those facing hunger in our community.

Many employers offer matching gift programs to encourage their employees to support charitable causes such as hunger relief. An employer may match your gift or volunteer time dollar for dollar – and sometimes by much more. It can be easy to double or even triple the value of your donation to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin with a matching gift!


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Have questions? Give our team a call. 608-216-7202