Signs of Community Strength

It is impossible, evBetsy.Day.2014.smallen when things sometimes still seem bleak with the economy, unemployment, homelessness and other challenges, not to see and feel the signs of community strength that have far-reaching and deep impact in Frederick County. READ MORE......

Using the Community Foundation to direct and facilitate their charitable giving, thousands of generous donors gave just over $5.1 million in FY2016, with most gifts added to our existing endowment that spends 5 percent of the annual market value, translating to more than $5.6 million in grants and scholarships. This is a sign of a strong community with its energy directed towards the future.

A future always has a past, and the past includes 30 years of service to Frederick County by the Community Foundation. Founded in 1986 by Donald C. Linton, CPA, W. Jerome Offutt, Esq., and Charles V. Main, City of Frederick Police Chief, this organization has grown into a recognized community leader that is not just reactive to community needs, but proactive in its efforts to keep Frederick County strong and viable. We are proud of reaching this anniversary, but we know that without the collective strength and generosity of the community, the accomplishments would be far less.

The signs that Frederick County is indeed strong are many. Through grants and scholarships, our community was made better, all ages were cared for, youth and students had opportunities to learn without limits, people were connected via the arts, the County’s history was preserved, our surroundings were improved through environmental initiatives, and agriculture and animal welfare was supported. These signs – visible everywhere we go – clearly state the caring strength of Frederick County citizens.

As we celebrate what has been achieved not only in FY2016, but over the last 30 years, we thank you for your continued support and the trust you have placed in the Community Foundation to turn your charitable gifts into a stronger, more vibrant community. It is For Good. Forever. For Frederick County.

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