The 2022 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report

The findings of the updated 2022 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report were presented on August 10, 2022 via Zoom by Erik Devereux of Devereux Consulting. Click on the video below to view the recorded presentation. A copy of the slide presentation can be found here.


The Community Foundation strives to be a progressive influence for change and constantly seeks new and powerful ways to create impact. In 2018, the Community Foundation conducted a human needs assessment to shape its strategic funding initiatives for the next 10 years. Three significant areas of need were identified at that time - supporting families with children, preparing for an aging population and responding to substance use disorder. Then, in March of 2020, our world changed as COVID-19 affected our communities and homes. In response to those changes, the Community Foundation updated its needs assessment in 2022 which has led us to focus on several emerging areas of need.

We remain committed to addressing the target areas identified in the 2018 study, but the recently completed update shows that there are new areas within those issues that we must also focus on: supporting access to affordable housing, addressing mental health needs and alleviating disparities in service delivery.

View the summary of the 2022 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.

View the complete 2022 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.

The 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment

The Community Foundation commissioned and has completed the 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment to continue the work started in 2011 to help determine the most pressing needs in Frederick County.  The purpose of this work is to provide the greatest positive community impact over the next five to ten years through its grantmaking and scholarship programs, and to provide a solid, unbiased assessment of greatest needs as identified now and trends for the future.

The results of the 2018 Human Needs Assessment elevate the following as high priorities in Frederick County:

  • Supporting families with children.
  • Preparing for a growing aging population.
  • Responding to substance use disorder.

These three issues include important elements of the human needs identified by the 2011 effort.

View the complete 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.

View the Executive Summary of the 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.

Executive Summary

An executive summary of the report is available and includes information about the Community Foundation's strategic grantmaking for 2019 and beyond based on the priorities listed above.  

Data Visualization Tool

The data visualization tool allows users to examine important local, state, and national trends over the prior 20 years related to human needs in Frederick County. The visualization tool is based on the aggregation of many different official sources of demographics and statistics and serves as another common reference for ongoing efforts to serve human needs in the County. To access the tool, click here

Research and Sponsors

The assessment research and compilation was performed by Erik Devereux, PhD, Devereux Consulting, and Beth Osborne Daponte, PhD, Social Science Consultants. Additional contributors to this work are listed on page ii in the full report.

The research and final report would not have been possible without the support of these co-sponsors, and we gratefully recognize their support:

  • Ausherman Family Foundation
  • The Joseph D. Baker Fund
  • Delaplaine Foundation
  • Frederick County Government
  • The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund
  • Helen J. Serini Foundation
  • United Way of Frederick County

Under the direction of the Community Foundation’s Strategic Planning/Needs Assessment Subcommittee chaired by Dr. Rachel Mandel, trustee, a Research Advisory Board was appointed and provided expert advice and guidance throughout the project. These members are listed in Appendix A, page 107 of the full report.

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