Douglas Freeman

Spirit of Giving

Orange County’s heart beats strong year after year. With an unstoppable drive to give back to a county that has fostered so many of its own blessings and successes, the region’s leading philanthropists and charities partner up to create an unmatched environment for doing good, and doing so often. – See more at:

2016-04-24T22:47:03-04:00In the News|

OC lawyer Doug Freeman rallied Washington 30 years ago to create National Philanthropy Day

Nov. 15 marks the 30th annual National Philanthropy Day. In every state in the country, and in Canada and Mexico, philanthropists – big and small, cash donors and volunteers, individuals and companies – will be recognized during November.

And to think, it all got started in Orange County. Thanks to Doug Freeman.

Freeman, 70, is a tax lawyer, founding partner of Freeman, Freeman and Smiley, and now director of trust services and consulting at First Foundation Bank in Irvine. His lifelong work has revolved around advising high-net-worth individuals and families, public and private foundations and nonprofit institutions – with an emphasis on philanthropy.

2016-04-21T06:31:49-04:00In the News|


It took Doug Freeman 40 trips to Washington, D.C. in five years and 4,000 letters to get the job done, and in 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day. This November, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), 130 communities across the U.S., Mexico and Canada will honor those who represent the spirit of giving in their regions.

2016-04-24T22:49:47-04:00In the News|
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