Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking


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

aka Federated Charities

Frederick, MD


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.

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Executive Director

Ms. Elin Elizabeth Ross

Main Address

22 South Market Street Suite 1

Frederick, MD 21701 USA


strategic and organizational support





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

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Programs + Results

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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

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

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Beverly A. Sharrer Medical Equipment Loan Closet

Lloyd and Charlotte Hoover Charity Incubator

Federated Charities Tenant-Partners

Community Table

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Charting Impact

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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.

For us, it's as simple as being able to keep the lights on for our tenant-partners. We are the safety net for the safety nets in the community and we all want quality, professional and efficient programs in our own communities. Federated Charities exists as the backdrop for making the work happen for many organizations in the past, in the future and today. The building was given to us in order to ensure that every person in our community received the services they needed and we continue to operate today because the work isn't finished.

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.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?