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Dane County Department of Human Services

Make a Donation to Dane County Human Services

Donations are an essential component for allowing the Department of Human Services to offer the best care and services possible. Currently, we have three programs accepting donations. Find out more information below and thank you for your contributions.


DCDHS Emergency Fund

Financial contributions may be made to the Dane County Department of Human Services Emergency Fund. 100% of the dollars contributed are passed directly to residents in need or programs.

Use of Funds

Children’s Fund

Dollars in the Children’s Fund are used to cover emergency expenses for children and their families who may not be covered through other means. This may mean assistance with housing, food, utilities, vehicle repairs, etc. that are geared to maintaining children in their own homes whenever possible and to helping families achieve reunification. Expenditures are requested by Department social workers and approved by the Children, Youth, and Families Division Manager.

Individual Expenditure Accounts

Dollars in this area are earmarked for particular expenditures by the donor. This is typically done in response to a solicitation by a Joining Forces for Families social worker who determines the need and seeks donations to fill that need. This may include help for a particular family or individual or assistance with a neighborhood event or program.

To Donate

To make a monetary donation, contact a Department social worker or the Emergency Donations Account Coordinator at

Neighborhood Intervention Program

Madison Spartans Youth Basketball is an award-winning boys and girls basketball program founded in 1988. The objective of the development of the basketball program was to give at-risk, low-income youth exposure and opportunities to organized tournament basketball play. The program hopes to teach life choice skills, honor, and integrity through the use of basketball. In keeping with this philosophy,

In order to make this experience as impactful as possible, the National Summer Basketball Teams seek donations for out of state opportunities and travel.

To Donate

To make a donation, contact Madison Spartans Basketball at (608) 273-6685.

Tax Deduction

Donors should check with their tax advisor regarding a deduction. Dane County is a governmental entity.