Frederick Funders' Data Project Convenes for Second Year

On September 30, 2022, leading funders and government officials in Frederick gathered at the Maryland National Golf Club to listen to a presentation by consultant Erik Devereux. He compiled, analyzed, charted, and graphed the collective 2021 giving data of 11 Frederick funders.

The first presentation on this Frederick Funders’ Data streamlining effort was held last year in 2021. This presentation and subsequent press releases obtained national attention on platforms such as Foundant, Exponent Philanthropy, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In the fall, two representatives of the Frederick Funders’ group will be presenting about this data sharing effort at the National Exponent Philanthropy Conference.

In fiscal year 2021, a little over $13 million was distributed by participating funders with most of the funding being allocated to Human Needs, Education, Arts and Culture, and Religion and Spirituality. Further research on the data analyzes more about the types of grants awarded, the distribution of grants awarded, and whether awarded grants were new or ongoing.

Since starting this initiative, the Frederick Funders’ Group has learned a lot and continues to take opportunities to improve its data collection and interpretation. As these statistics are continually modified, funders will be better informed and have more opportunities to fill gaps.

Moving into the future, the group is leveraging the expertise of the project’s consultant by having him participate in the Data Driven Frederick Project, started at Hood College. This program is part of the new Hood College George Delaplaine School of Business and will be used to teach students how to engage with data and do analytics on that data. Erik Devereux will provide real world experience and examples for the students to help build a strong source of data analysts in Frederick, a critical need for any organization.

Thank you to our partners:

  • Ausherman Family Foundation
  • Delaplaine Foundation Inc.
  • Frederick County Government
  • Helen J. Serini Foundation
  • Loats Foundation, Inc.
  • The Community Foundation of Frederick County
  • The Kahlert Foundation
  • The Will Group
  • United Way of Frederick County
  • William E. Cross Foundation
  • The Women’s Giving Circle

If you would like more information, please read the Frederick Funders Grantmaking Report, or please call Marlene Young at 301.662.2753.

View the report here: Frederick Funders Grantmaking Report of 2021 Data

Left: spiral bound books on a table, Right: group of people at a table smiling
Left: Group of people at a table, Right: Woman giving presentation

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