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The Women's Giving Circle was formed in 2006 as a component fund of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The shared vision of the original team of core members carries on today as membership has grown to over 400 women who care about their community.

The Women’s Giving Circle was formed in 2006 to provide a new avenue for women to be involved in the community. The focus of The Women’s Giving Circle emerged from a seed of an idea that was planted in the mind of Karlys Kline, a 25-plus-year resident of Frederick. When Karlys looked around Frederick, she learned about women and their children who were facing significant struggles in their lives, and she thought there had to be some way to assist them.


Not wanting to duplicate existing programs, Karlys founded a fund through the Community Foundation of Frederick County. The funds would help women who needed money to better their own lives and the lives of their children. She gathered friends and business associates together and issued a challenge — pledge $3,000 over a period of three years ($1,000 per year) to help women and their children facing economic challenges in our community.  The idea quickly caught on and in 2007 the first set of grants to nine Frederick nonprofits totaled $70,000.


Today the Women's Giving Circle of Frederick County numbers over 400 members and has provided over $2,600,000 in grant funds to 64 local nonprofit organizations.

Karlys Kline, founder
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