Community Impact

Michelle Freeman

A Message from our President & Chair

It is my distinct pleasure to share the very first Impact Report of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation. In these tumultuous times, this Foundation has stepped up and made impact in ways that we never have before.

When I consider carrying on the legacy of my family through the work of this Foundation, I am proud of the impact we have created while being responsive to the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as partnering with organizations focused on breaking barriers for change. My father-in-law believed deeply in the proverb to whom much is given much is required. That is a value we continue to embody today and I believe it shows in what we do and the relationships we forge.

I am proud of the partnerships found in this report. These organizations are making a difference in the communities where we live, work and play. I look forward to the collaborations and opportunities that lie ahead.

Michelle D. Freeman, President & Chair

2021 Impact Report

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Investments in our Community

Serving the communities where the employees, vendors and customers of the Carl M. Freeman Companies live, work and play.

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation strives to fund opportunities that provide impact in the Delmarva Peninsula and Greater DC region. We focus our contributions where the need is the greatest in our communities including social services, art, education, healthcare and environmental efforts through grants, discretionary contributions and event sponsorships.

Virginia, Joshua and Carl Freeman

Honoring Our Legacy

We strive to honor the legacy of the Freeman family by supporting causes that were passions of Carl, Virginia and Josh.

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Leading Local Philanthropy

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation provides grant funding through designated funds created to serve the relevant needs of the community. Our President & Chair, Trustees, Executive Director and all Carl M. Freeman Foundation staff participate in making philanthropic choices during the year. They can recommend contributions to the causes they are passionate about and to organizations that are serving the needs of the community. This is how we are leading table-top philanthropy, just like Mr. Freeman did with his family.

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Social Impact & Film

We believe that storytelling is a way to bring awareness and to create social change. For several years, the Carl M. Freeman Foundation has funded film documentaries focused on impactful people telling their story. Supporting these films allows others to become engaged and understand different perspectives. While some films are still in production, the following documentaries have been released for public viewing.


COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a newfound respect and gratitude for our hospitals and schools. Never before has it been more apparent how essential our healthcare workers and teachers are. The Carl M. Freeman Foundation created a COVID-19 Response fund to quickly support the community needs.

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The FACES program is designed to find and fund the smaller, often overlooked projects in our neighborhoods - and our grants are limited to nonprofit organizations with operating budgets of $500,000 or less in Sussex County, DE or $750,000 or less in Montgomery County, MD. Nonprofit organizations can apply for a grant award of $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000. The total award fund for each county is $100,000.

FACES grants support grassroots nonprofit organizations who are making distinct impact on the ground level in our communities. FACES utilizes a volunteer advisory board composed of...

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A Place to Call Home

Since the founding of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, the staff have not had a building to call home. Staff have worked alongside our sister Freeman organizations in shared office spaces. We are thrilled to have changed that recently and have the Carl M. Freeman Foundation Office Building to lead the mission of the organization.

This beautiful space was opened in November 2020. The building features a large Town Hall event space, a catering kitchen, large boardroom with video-conferencing capabilities, and a beautifully furnished library lounge. The second floor is a modern office...