How important is the roof over your head?

You can probably answer that question pretty easily for your family. We’ve done the math at Federated Charities and can tell you exactly how much the roof means for the nonprofit tenants in our building: $252,134.

We have made sure this safety net exists in our community for more than 100 years.

Our mission is to offer education and resources that support nonprofits in a collaborative environment, so they can better serve their local clients, and we do this by operating the only nonprofit center in Frederick.

Organizations who share our space pay less than half of what they’d spend normally for office space, which means that more than $250,000 every year stays in their programs' budgets to spend on clients. For organizations like Mission of Mercy (which celebrated 13 years with us this year), it means they can afford to offer free medical and dental care to 220 more people who otherwise might not receive it. There are 17 other tenant-partners in our nonprofit center who benefit in the same way each year. But that’s only a small part of what we do in “the building with the dog.”

A woman and her daughter recently walked into our building. They had been dropped off in Frederick with no money, no clothes and no idea what to do. Our staff were able to assist them with referrals to other community service agencies and we also used funds from our Rapid Response Grant program to give them a gift card to go buy some basic essentials. With tears in her eyes, the mother told us that she had never been so grateful to be able to buy underwear.

We see people who are often experiencing the very worst day of their lives, and for the same 100-plus years we have paid it forward in Frederick by ensuring that individuals and families in our community have their basic needs met, receive valuable healthcare and educational opportunities, have access to healthy food, get emergency assistance, and benefit from cultural and quality of life programs. In short, Federated Charities has been here for you and everyone else … even when you didn’t know you needed it.

Our building was a generous gift to Federated Charities in 1930 with the stipulation that it be used to benefit the Frederick community forever. We are preparing to celebrate the 200th birthday of its construction in 2020, and our birthday gift to ourselves is: BRICKS and MORTAR. That’s right, we are starting to see evidence of our age (although we feel like spring chickens) and we are planning several major upgrades to the structure, including repairs to the bricks, the roof and the shingles.

But this construction work isn’t going interrupt the important work of our tenants and we are excited to have the opportunity for a dollar-for-dollar match to help finance the upgrades, up to $75,000. When you support Federated Charities, you make sure the roof stays in place over our heads and over yours, every single day.

Contact Elin Ross,, 301-662-1561, ext. 100.

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