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The Community Foundation of Frederick County distributed more than $3.1 million to charitable organizations in Frederick County this year, including more than $505,000 to academic and music scholarships benefiting more than 285 students.

The foundation’s financial report was presented on Nov. 15 to about 400 community members, including donors and recipients, according to Joyce Summers, director of marketing and communications for the foundation.

In fiscal 2012, the foundation collected $3.1 million from more than 2,300 donors, who made more than 3,400 contributions to 262 area nonprofit groups, organizations and schools throughout the county. It’s an decrease of about $3.9 million from 2011, when the organization received $7 million.

The foundation fulfills grants of all sizes, including one of about $24,000 to the YMCA of Frederick County to help the organization take over the Head Start learning program that was cut by the Frederick County Board of Commissioners in 2011. The money was used to cover a gap in federal funding from July to September, according to the foundation.

The commissioners have pledged to end all nonprofit funding by 2014, cutting the donations back by 25 percent each year.

The foundation has given back more than $31 million to the community since its founding in 1986.

One of this year’s recipients was Gale Recovery Inc., a Frederick nonprofit group that offers residential treatment programs for men and women recovering from alcohol and drug dependency.

Marte Birnbaum, executive director at Gale Recovery Inc., said the organization received about $9,000 from the community foundation this year, which will go into its operating budget.

Birnbaum said the foundation and the United Way of Frederick County have supported the organization over the last 36 years.

“At times, their support has helped keep us going,” she said. “It’s bridged that gap. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the foundation’s work. They give across a broad range of Frederick. It’s a really great group that channels the community’s giving into some very important needs.”

Birnbaum said donations previously had been used to purchase new mattresses or to buy bed and bath linens, an ongoing need at the residential shelter. This year, the money will help pay about 20 percent of the salary for a counselor at the center.

“It’s been used for different purposes over the years, but we’re really excited this year to have the operational support,” she said.

tlaino@gazette.net