Becoming a Donor

When you "give your way," you are investing in the unparalleled quality of life in Frederick County. From its mountains, rolling hills and farmland to its picturesque cities and towns of all sizes, you are helping ensure the prosperity of this place we call home.

Laura McCullough

Questions? We're happy to help.

Laura McCullough
Director of Philanthropic Services
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How Can I Become A Donor?

There are a variety of ways to become a donor through the Community Foundation.

  • Give now. Establish a fund to support one or more of your favorite nonprofits, or support your chosen profession by providing scholarships to students pursuing the same or a similar field.
  • Give to existing funds. Not ready to establish a new fund now? Maximize the effect of your gift by giving to an existing fund that mirrors your interests. Gifts to these funds are always welcome, including our 20 field of interest funds.
  • Give later. Create a fund through a bequest in your estate plan to support nonprofit(s) or scholarships, and be recognized as a Cornerstone Society Member.
  • To view the FY2022 donor listing, click here.
  • Are my gifts tax-deductible?

All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We don't provide tax or legal advice, and we encourage you to consult with your professional advisor(s) before making a current or planned gift.

Professional advisors are defined as attorneys, accountants, trust officers, financial planners, certified life underwriters, investment advisors, and any other certified or licensed professionals who advise clients about maximizing tax benefits while fulfilling charitable intentions.

How Can My Professional Advisor(s) Be Involved?

Anne-Lynn Gross
Anne-Lynn Gross founded three funds. Two were created during her lifetime: The "Judge" William B. Gross Fund, in honor of her father and in support of Frederick Rescue Mission, and The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship Fund in memory of her mother, for music scholarships to talented youth. Her third fund, created through her estate, is The "Judge" William B. Gross Scholarship Fund. It also honors her father and provides post-secondary scholarships.

We can work closely with your professional advisor(s) to design a gift that meets your needs and achieves your charitable goals. Advisors work with us because:

  • We don't represent a specific nonprofit or cause. Our mission is to help you support the nonprofits and causes you care about.
  • Charitable giving laws change. Your advisor(s) can consult with us at any time.
  • There are no start-up fees, and management costs are low and assessed after you have received your full charitable deduction.
  • Your gift is given the same due diligence as any other investment you make. For more details, see Investment and Distribution of Fund Monies.

Why Not Give Directly To My Favorite Nonprofit, School, or Church?

The advantage of creating a fund to support your charitable endeavors is that your intentions will be carried out exactly as you have specified, in perpetuity. Each year, your favorite nonprofit(s) will receive a grant, and/or students pursuing post-secondary education will benefit from a scholarship, and you, or the person(s) whom you've named the fund in honor or memory of, will always be remembered.

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