Frequently Asked Questions

1.) What is the Junior League?
2.) What does the Junior League of Madison do to serve the community?
3.) How does the League determine which agencies/projects it will support?
4.) How can my agency request volunteers and/or funding?
5.) How does the Junior League raise money?
6.) Why does the Junior League raise money?
7.) How can I become a member of the Junior League of Madison?
8.) How do I transfer my League membership when I move to Madison?
9.) I used to be a member of the Madison League, but resigned in good standing. How do I reinstate my membership?

Questions and Answers

What is the Junior League?

The Junior League of Madison, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective actions and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

What does the Junior League of Madison do to serve the community?

Our current efforts are targeted to our Mad About Kids’ Health Community Initiative. We believe that children are our community’s most important resource and recognize that childhood obesity, poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity are serious health problems for our children and their families. The objective of this multi-year, multi-faceted commitment is to help foster a healthy community environment that encourages, promotes and provides healthy eating and activity choices for children while improving their self-esteem and working to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

In 2007-2008, members of the Junior League of Madison contributed 1,170 hands-on-hours through direct voluntarism with our community partners. As part of our mission, we also train our volunteers to assume leadership positions once they are no longer active members of the League. Many past and current League members serve as representatives on the boards of nonprofit agencies throughout the city.

How does the League determine which agencies/projects it will support?

The Junior League of Madison solicits proposals from community non-profits interested in leveraging our 300 volunteers to improve children’s health. Our community research committee evaluates proposals according to the following general criteria: Partnership with the Junior League of Madison:

  • Impact: Ability to significantly serve the needs of children in our community;
  • Strength of Partnership: Ability for organization to operate in conjunction with JLM;
  • Quality: Proposals must outline a well-managed plan for a proposed volunteer project;
  • Opportunity: Degree to which the project provides for involvement of JLM volunteers; and
  • Interest: Potential appeal to JLM Membership.

The Community Research Committee then prioritizes the requests based upon a determination of the interest of the general membership, and presents the approved requests for approval.

How can my agency request volunteers and/or funding?

Any interested agency should submit an application to the League to be considered for volunteers and funding for their projects. Contact the Community Vice President with any further questions.

How does the Junior League raise money?

The Junior League of Madison has two fundraising events:

  • The Bowling Bowl is our annual signature event where attendees don their best bowling duds and hit the lanes.
  • Mistletoe Market
  • The Junior League of Madison also has an award-winning cookbook called Mad About Food. Through our cookbook committee, we are also able to sell cookbooks from many other Junior Leagues around the country.

Why does the Junior League raise money?

The money raised by the Junior League of Madison is used to support our community signature project programming and awarded to local non-profit agencies through community grants. In addition to monetary resources, hundreds of volunteer hours are given to the community each year in the areas of child health and development, as well as other areas of need.

How can I become a member of the Junior League of Madison?

The Junior League of Madison conducts meetings for prospective members each year in the late summer. Membership is open to all women who are 21 years of age or older who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins.

I am a member in good standing of another Junior League. How do I transfer my League membership when I move to Madison?

Contact the Membership Secretary of the League you are transferring from, and she will initiate and assist you with the transfer process.

I used to be a member of the Madison League, but resigned in good standing. How do I reinstate my membership?

Contact the Membership Vice President regarding your interest to reinstate your membership in the Junior League of Madison.