Josh was also a passionate philanthropist who knew the importance of giving back. In addition to the Freeman Companies, Josh served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, continuing his father’s legacy of giving back to the areas where the Carl M. Freeman Companies do business. He also served on the Boards of Venture Philanthropy Partners, the Washington National Opera, the United Jewish Endowment Fund and Landon School.
Josh was particularly passionate about the arts, the environment, and athletic achievement.
The Freeman Family legacy of supporting the arts spans several generations. Carl Freeman helped found the Kennedy Center in the 1960’s and was well known throughout the Washington DC area for his support of the arts, including the Washington National Opera and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Josh was born into a family that stressed the value of arts to a balanced life, and his passion was evident. He served as a board member for the Washington National Opera and was proud to continue his family’s legacy of arts patronage.
Growing up on the family farm, Josh saw firsthand the beauty of the natural environment. When he became president of the Freeman Companies, he took care to ensure that all development was done in an environmentally sensitive manner. In 2006 he received the Coastal Living Magazine Award for Community Development which recognized his commitment to protecting and preserving the coastal areas that surround Bayside, one of the communities built by the Carl M. Freeman Companies on the Delaware shore.
As a lifelong fitness champion and health buff, Josh knew the importance of staying in shape. He incorporated that belief into everything he did, including the Freeman Companies. Under Josh’s leadership, the Company office was home to a gym and employees were encouraged to work out during business hours. And one of the last gifts made by the Carl M. Freeman Foundation before Josh’s death was to Landon School for the construction of a new fitness facility, which was subsequently named the Joshua M. Freeman Center for Athletic Achievement.