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The Women's Giving Circle of Frederick County provides opportunities for donor members to promote and support programs that enable and empower women in challenging situations to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of those for whom they are responsible.


  1. Expand philanthropic and leadership opportunities that encourage and increase giving by local women

  2. Contribute toward the improvement of the emotional, educational, financial and physical well being of women of all ages who are in challenging or dangerous situations

  3. Create a community of philanthropic awareness of the needs of women


Through an annual grant application and award cycle, we provide funding to local organizations that aid women in need in Frederick County.

Members are invited to join one of our committees to help with the behind-the-scenes work of the Circle. Visit our Volunteer Page for more information.


Funding is provided through membership pledges and other donations.  Gifts are split between a large and growing endowment fund and a pass-through fund. Pass-through funds are 100% allocated to grant awards each year, supplemented by a 5% portion of the endowment fund.

The Community Foundation of Frederick County provides financial management of Women's Giving Circle Funds.


The Women’s Giving Circle was formed in 2006 to provide a new avenue for women to be involved in the community.


The Women's Giving Circle is governed by the Leadership Circle, consisting of officers, immediate past Chair, Chair Emerita and committee chairs. 


The 2024 grant awards totaled $275,000 and $2,949,607 has been awarded to 66 local nonprofit organizations since the founding of the Women's Giving Circle in 2006.

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