THE FEDERATED CHARITIES CORPORATION OF FREDERICK

We are a safety net for the safety nets in our community

aka Federated Charities   |   Frederick, MD   |  www.federatedcharities.org

Mission

For more than 100 years, The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick has provided compassionate community services in Frederick, MD and offers education and resources which support nonprofit organizations in a collaborative environment so they can better serve their local clients. Over the years, we have offered direct services like food, medical, housing and other assistance and we have also used our physical space to support the efforts of countless local organizations as they pursue their own social service missions.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Elin Elizabeth Ross

Main address

22 South Market Street Suite 1

Frederick, MD 21701 USA

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EIN

52-0608003

NTEE code info

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It costs money to do good in the community. Nonprofits have to allocate revenue on the same kinds of overhead costs as traditional for profit organizations, like rent, office expenses, salaries and benefits for employees and supplies. Since 1911, Federated Charities has existed to support the nonprofit community in Frederick. In addition to our compassionate community services, we use our bricks and mortar building to offer reduced cost and free office space to 501(c)(3) organizations so they can spend more of their own resources on mission-based services. We provide opportunities for professional development for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members and we also offer functional services (such as fiscal sponsorship and shared back office equipment and membership support) to our tenant-partners and other organizations in the community. Because of our work, more than $250,000 per year goes back into the community as direct services to individuals and families

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beverly A. Sharrer Medical Equipment Loan Closet

On an annual basis the medical equipment loan closet loans out approximately 900+ pieces of equipment, serving as many as 700 individuals each year with free loans of home health care equipment. In 2019, we transitioned this program to other community service providers whose programs were more focused on mobility issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Lloyd and Charlotte Hoover Charity Incubator (a collaborative co-work workspace) to support the efforts of a network of emerging programs that support the well-being of residents of Frederick, MD and provide services to needy individuals and families. The Hoover Incubator is intended to support and provide innovative and collaborative partnerships in shared space for emerging charitable organizations. Federated Charities has long known and promoted the value of collaborative space and believes that when nonprofits can save on overhead costs, they have more resources to use for the programs and services that directly impact individuals and local communities. Tenancy in the Hoover Incubator or in a traditional 12-month lease with Federated Charities brings added value to partner programs and clients by sharing unique expertise, collaboration and maximization of resources. Federated Charities provides a visible space in the heart of downtown Frederick where organizations and the community can support these programs and their clients.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide bricks and mortar support to as many as 15 nonprofit organizations who use our building for their office space under traditional single or multi-year leases. We also offer a variety of shared resources such as reduced cost office supply purchases, a 15-seat conference room, small event space and other backbone services

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Table Project is a joint venture between Federated Charities, The Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) and The Common Market for the third year. The initiative is designed for families being served by the Housing Authority. Activities of the project promote the following pro-health activities: whole food cooking (as opposed to convenience foods); the use of local, seasonal produce for families and individuals who may be eligible for SNAP benefits; increased use of the farmers’ market system in the Frederick community, and; encourage participation in communal food events as a means of establishing stronger community ties.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

Nonprofits and funders historically spend very small portions of their budgets on professional development and this has an impact on how we practice our work. At Federated Charities, we recognize that shared opportunities lead to greater expertise and maximize the resources of new and established programs. We are committed to offering professional and relevant training in our nonprofit community every year and we partner with seasoned professionals in the industry and offer at 6-8 free sessions every year. Our professional development series has been generously supported over the past three years by the Delaplaine Foundation, the Ausherman Family Foundation and the Helen J. Serini Foundation. In 2020, we will expand the program to add board development activities and partner with 4-6 nonprofit boards to implement a comprehensive strategy for recruiting, onboarding and developing their own board leaders more effectively.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Nonprofit Professional Development Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our professional development series provides capacity skills for nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers. This number indicates the number of organizations who participated each year.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Federated Charities Tenant-Partners

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our nonprofit center offers free and reduced cost office space to 501c3 organizations and so they can focus more on their mission-based direct services.

Number of leadership positions held by organization staff in community initiatives

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Nonprofit Professional Development Series

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We actively participate in a number of leadership activities including the Frederick Nonprofit Alliance, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, DSSI (a community initiative to address homelessness),

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Strategic Services Programming: As a nonprofit center, we offer bricks and mortar tenant space, professional development and consultation to organizations, boards of directors and emerging nonprofits. Our goal is to help build and support sustainable organizations in the community.

Compassionate Community Services: Our direct service programs in the community help collaborating nonprofits build relevant programs of their own and help create connections in the community around the work of all our organizations.

Strategic Services Programming: Our priorities have included upgrades to our infrastructure and changes to our space to support the community of emerging and established nonprofit organizations in Frederick. This includes offering free development and training for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members, back-office systems to help reduce overhead costs and providing opportunities for more effective collaboration among organizations.

Compassionate Community Services: Each year, we review our programs for their ongoing relevance to the community as well as their impact. We evaluate revenue and expenses, continued participation and use pre and post-surveys. The programs we currently offer are unique in the community and are intentionally collaborative initiatives directly working with other nonprofit organizations. These services are strategically a priority of our organization but are fluid to meet current needs of individuals and families in Frederick.

Federated Charities has been in operation since 1911 and operated as a nonprofit center since the mid-1950s. We have used our bricks and mortar building, located in the heart of our community to ensure that individuals and families in Frederick continue to receive high-quality services to meet their day to day needs. We incorporate best practices in the industry in the areas of program management, board development and financial transparency and we also regularly survey our nonprofit tenants and the community for collaborative opportunities. Our professional staff and engaged board of directors are committed to advocating around the important work and impact of nonprofits in the community.

We accomplish our goals when we are able to maintain and offer local nonprofits a stable and innovative environment where they can better undertake their own mission and vision for serving individuals and families and we are proud to be able to continue to accomplish this. 2017 highlights include:

Strategic Service Programming – We supported 14 tenant-partners in our traditional rental program and nonprofit incubator. We offered 6 free professional development sessions to nonprofit employees, volunteers and board members. Our shared conference room is regularly used by as many as 10 additional nonprofits in Frederick.

Compassionate Community Services: Our medical equipment loan closet provided free medical equipment to Frederick residents, our Community Table Initiative doubled its distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and our Rapid Response Assistance grants worked with local agency referrals to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on our 2019 client survey (we are a nonprofit center), we hired a property management firm to address ongoing maintenance and tenant issues more consistently. We also used focus group information with the larger community to pivot our programs more appropriately to our mission...this involved dissolving a longstanding program late last year but we provided assistance to another program in the community to fill the gap.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE FEDERATED CHARITIES CORPORATION OF FREDERICK

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kate Layman

Ruppert

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Ms. Kelly Lynch

Miles & Stockbridge

Term: 2020 - 2021

Ashley Goldsborough

First United Bank & Trust

Forrest Popkin

Zavos Architecture

Kathy Fay

Retired

Tiana Massaquoi

Consultant

Nate Sager

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.