Major Projects

The Ausherman Family Foundation provides a variety of grants that catalyze new projects and assist nonprofit organizations in achieving new levels of effectiveness. The following are major projects that have received large-scale grants from the Foundation in the past three years.

Barbara Fritchie House

The Barbara Fritchie House, part of the Civil War Trail, was purchased by the Ausherman Family Foundation in July 2015 to preserve the home as a historic landmark and museum. The downtown Frederick house was at risk for public auction when the nonprofit foundation stepped in.

Barbara Fritchie was a Frederick resident who, according to folklore, defiantly waved the Union flag from her second-story window as Confederate troops left the city in 1862. She was then 95. Dame Fritchie’s exploits were soon memorialized in a poem by John Whittier Greenleaf. Among the poem’s best-known lines is: “Shoot if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country’s flag, she said.”

The 1,200-square-foot house was reconstructed in 1927 from photos and documents of the original early 1800’s home. The museum is located at 154 W. Patrick Street along Carroll Creek.

The house is open on most Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To inquire about other dates, please email

15sq Arts Project

The Ausherman Family Foundation purchased the Cultural Arts Center located at 15 W. Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland.

The Ausherman Family Foundation created a nonprofit entity, 15sq Arts Project, whose purpose is to renovate and operate the building.

The 15sq Arts Project Leadership Council, consisting of individuals working in the local arts and businesses, is moving the project forward. A performing arts consultant, Duncan Webb, was hired to conduct a needs assessment in Frederick County to discern the future shape and operations of the building.

Modest building renovations were made with the intent of getting the building in habitable shape and open for business with limited rental opportunities. All of the improvements will enhance the property.

More information about this project may be found at 15sq Arts Project.

Frederick Rescue Mission – Faith House

The Frederick Rescue Mission is a faith-based organization providing “residential recovery programs to the homeless or chemically addicted, food to the hungry, clothing to the needy, and connection within our community through relationships.”  Most recently, the Ausherman Family Foundation provided grants to the Frederick Rescue Mission to assist them in purchasing the North Market Street building, which will become Faith House, a women’s shelter and program.  Past grants have been designated for kitchen upgrades, exterior security cameras, and a new heating and cooling system.

School-Based Health Center of Frederick

The School-Based Health Center of Frederick (SBHC) has been able to expand its offerings off seed money from the Ausherman Family Trust. The seed money helped catalyze SBHC's ability to obtain a large federal grant announced in August 2015. SBHC serves children and their siblings who are uninsured and ineligible for medical assistance at four Frederick County elementary schools.

The Frederick Speaker Series

In 2012, the Ausherman Family Foundation catalyzed The Frederick Speaker Series in partnership with Frederick County Public Libraries and the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Inc. The Speaker Series presents high quality, thought-provoking speakers at the Weinberg Center. Past luminaries have included journalist, anchorman and author Tom Brokaw, actress Jane Fonda, NPR host Diane Rehm and neurologist Dr. Ben Carson. The Series committee members choose presenters that hopefully will broaden our collective experience and allow us to see the world differently. Subscriptions to the entire series are available.

2017 Frederick Speaker Series

This year's gallery of speakers includes basketball superstar and global icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; child and women's victim advocate Elizabeth Smart; Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the link between concussions and chronic brain damage; and scientist and global speaker Bill Nye, "the science guy."

2016 Frederick Speakers Series

The 2016 Frederick Speaker Series brought to the Weinberg Center intelligent, humorous, and though-provoking individuals: Daniel Pink, Marlee Matilin and Henry Winkler, Bryan Stevenson, and George Takei.

YMCA Flood Relief

The YMCA of Frederick at 1000 North Market Street received a $500,000 matching grant from the Ausherman Family Foundation to conduct repairs from damages incurred during major flooding of the facility on Sept. 24, 2015. Damages totaled $2 million. Repairs were made and the facility reopened. Any public contributions to the flood relief fund will be matched by the Ausherman Family Foundation.