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 elderly population.
- Responding to substance use disorder.
These three issues include important elements of the human needs identified by the 2011 effort.
Click here for a PDF copy of the complete 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.
Click here for a PDF copy of the Executive Summary of the 2018 Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report.
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.