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Globe Manufacturing Establishes $1 Million Community Fund
Published Monday, May 15, 2017

From Left: Globe Manufacturing co-owners Don Welch, Gef Freese and Rob Freese on the factory floor.  Photo: Cheryl Senter, courtesy of the NH Charitable Foundation

Globe Manufacturing Company in Pittsfield, which makes clothing and boots for firefighters, created the $1 million donor-advised Globe Community Fund at the NH Charitable Foundation in Concord to support nonprofits and community efforts in Pittsfield and surrounding towns. The company started the fund with $1 million. About $40,000 will be granted each year, and the fund is set up to serve the region in perpetuity. 

“We’ve been in Pittsfield for 116 years, and this is a way to say ‘thank you,’” says Don Welch, CEO and co-owner of Globe. Gef Freese, co-owner and SVP for manufacturing, adds “We’re grateful to be in a position to help improve the quality of life for folks in Pittsfield and neighboring communities."

Globe has been run by four generations of the Freese family in Pittsfield since 1901. The company employs 425 people in three locations, including 320 at its Pittsfield headquarters. It supplies fire departments from Pittsfield to Anchorage, Alaska and in 82 countries, and manufactures all of its products in the U.S.

“Globe and the Freese family are so committed to their community, and it’s an honor to work with them on their philanthropy,” says Laura Rauscher, director of philanthropy at the NH Charitable Foundation. “Their generosity is an inspiration, and this fund will help people for generations to come.”

Theresa Perkins is a stitcher who has worked at Globe for 29 years. “It is a good place to work and they care about their people, and they show the people that they do care,” she says, adding that the new fund “means a lot to many people. They do so much for the community.”

A team of Globe employees will review requests for the new donor-advised fund and recommend grants on a rolling basis. The Foundation will work with the team, providing expertise about the nonprofit sector in NH and best practices for reviewing proposals. Requests will go directly to the company.

“There’s a lot of good folks and a lot of good things happening in our community,” says company co-owner Rob Freese. “This is our part to spur that along. If the community is healthy, we’re healthy.”

Inquiries about funding through the Globe Community Fund may be made to: GlobeCommunityFund@globefiresuits.com

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