History of Organization

We have always operated a safety net…

On February 7, 1911, a group of citizens met to discuss the idea to form a collaboration of all the charitable organizations in Frederick, Maryland as a “federated charities” group. The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick was incorporated on March 25th of that same year. Our first “home” was located at 133 South Market Street. Our first annual report, published on April 1st, 1912 describes 4 programs with a total annual budget of $3,060.

Charitable societies were originally conceptualized to address poverty through coordinated efforts as the United States entered an industrial era during the 1870s. Most, including Federated Charities, formed and operated autonomously in their communities and notably included paying wages to staff who carried out the work of the society. Following WWII, many of these societies were replaced by public service agencies, like the health department, departments of social services and other public/private welfare agencies. During times of economic upheaval, charitable societies were a safety net for individuals and families and we continue this work today as a nonprofit center.

Handwritten family case records from these early days still exist in our archives today and provide a glimpse of the history of poverty in our community and how we have chosen to respond to it.

In an early annual report, the work of Federated Charities was described in the following manner, “The poor are cared for in a systematic and efficient way; the sick are visited and properly treated; the children are educated; general distress is relieved; and our citizens are saved from many demands upon their money, by applicants concerning whose needs or worthiness the private individual has not means of obtaining information. Frederick is thus placed in the front rank in charitable and philanthropic work and is so recognized throughout the whole country.”

free kindergarten classroom at Federated Charities

In an early annual report, the work of Federated Charities was described in the following manner, “The poor are cared for in a systematic and efficient way; the sick are visited and properly treated; the children are educated; general distress is relieved; and our citizens are saved from many demands upon their money, by applicants concerning whose needs or worthiness the private individual has not means of obtaining information. Frederick is thus placed in the front rank in charitable and philanthropic work and is so recognized throughout the whole country.”

Countless organizations in Frederick have had a home with us, including The Red Cross, United Way, the Frederick Free Kindergarten and the C. Burr Artz Library. Our network of services ranges from medical and dental care, advocacy and land preservation, counseling and legal programs, foster care and children’s services and disaster relief.

You can play a role in preserving the safety net that continues today for all of us. We never know when we’re going to need it.

About Us

Federated Charities is the only nonprofit center in Frederick and offers affordable, operational space to emerging and established nonprofit organizations.  

Frederick Non Profit - Maryland

Our location

  • 22 South Market St Suite 1, Frederick, MD 21701
  • 301-662-1561
  • info@federatedcharities.org