The Community Foundation has long been a conduit for hope and change in Frederick County. Since 1986 — when the bold idea of creating a local community foundation was implemented — we have focused on turning good intentions into powerful acts of philanthropy. Each year, the dollar amount of grants and scholarships has grown, and this investment into improving Frederick County and its residents exceeds $58 million.
Frederick County’s needs are much different now than in 1986. As one of Maryland’s fastest-growing counties, we have and will continue to undergo important demographic and social changes, spurred by our role as a commuter suburb to metropolitan areas.
The Community Foundation is committed to remaining a progressive influence for positive change. This means constantly seeking new and powerful ways to create impact by examining what we’ve been doing and then planning for the future. Our board of trustees has determined we need to be nimble and flexible, and most importantly, proactive in responding to the needs of our community.
We’ve just announced our Forever Frederick County campaign. This is an effort to raise $20 million or more to build an unrestricted endowment fund that will provide grants toward Frederick County’s greatest needs now, in the future, and forever.
What do you want Frederick County to look like 10, 20, and 50 years from now? We don’t know what the greatest needs will be going forward, but through our 2011 and 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment studies, we know what they are now. Even in the short window from 2011 to 2018, needs have changed. The latest study identified supporting families with children, preparing for an aging population, and responding to substance use disorder as the areas of greatest need. We are preparing, with help from the newly created Forever Frederick County endowment initiative, to grant money to programs in these areas. However, we are focused on ensuring that the endowment will grow and provide grants to the needs identified by new studies in the future.
You can help. You can be part of this movement. You can be an influence for change. You can be a leader by stepping forward to help ensure that Frederick County is forever. Please visit our Forever Frederick County web page at www.ForeverFrederickCounty.org and watch our video.