The Friends of San Damiano (FoSD or "Friends") was incorporated as a 501(c)3 not for profit organization in July 2020 to “advance the use of the property known as San Damiano as a place for public recreation, interpretive programming, and peaceful reflection.” The Friends group is comprised of residents from Monona, Dane County and beyond, all of whom share a strong commitment to and passion for the property.
With the formation of FoSD, the future of San Damiano now depends on a public/private partnership; the City of Monona and the Friends collaborating to raise the funds necessary to support the purchase of the property and transform it into a one-of-a-kind Lake Monona destination.
Ownership and final decisions will be made by the City, while the Friends will fundraise to ensure the conservation of the property, partners in the planning process, and fund the future implementation of the master plan.
This process will require substantial community engagement, the generation of a vision, site plan, and the acquisition of sufficient capital to ensure that the final plan comes to fruition.
The Friends are proud of our work to organize and prepare to conserve the important and historic San Damiano property for future generations of not just Monona residents, but our broader community to enjoy.
Review our 2020-2021 Annual Report to our stakeholders to learn about the significant progress we've made in our inaugural year.
Alderperson, ex officio
Principal, Development for Conservation
Former Executive Director, Madison Community Foundation