Friese Foundation Mission Statement

The Friese Foundation is a nonprofit organization inspired by Donald Friese Sr.’s life-long commitment to improving the lives of those around him. Just as Mr. Friese has described himself as being “in the business of people,” the Foundation is committed to providing impactful and life-changing opportunities, as well as promoting healing and wellness for underserved individuals and communities. By partnering with charities that share these goals, we hope to bridge the gap from hopelessness to wholeness.

The Friese Foundation supports organizations that help low-income families, unhoused individuals, and other communities in need. These include programs serving veterans; youth programs and education assistance; animal rescue and welfare organizations; and organizations that provide physical and mental health services.

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The Friese Foundation and FHC Invest Big in Glazier Education through the National Glass Association

DJ Friese, President and CFO of The Friese Foundation
Both organizations double down on their commitment to the industry, granting major funds to support to deliver online glass and glazing education and apprenticeship programs to the masses.

Vienna, Va. (October 3, 2022)—The National Glass Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that the Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) and the Friese Foundation have committed to continue and increase respective generous support of glass and glazing industry education in 2023 through

Formed by industry veterans Chris Hanstad and Barry Sutherland, FHC has positioned themselves as a leading service-oriented one-stop-shop for glazing contractors and fabricators. In line with their mission, they’ve graciously dedicated substantial funds to support the industry on the education front.

“Our customers are our livelihood, and we owe it to them to support them in every way possible,” says Chris Hanstad, president of FHC. “The glass industry has given so much to me and my family, I want to offer the same opportunity to everyone I can. The only way to do that is through exposure and education.”

The Friese Foundation was founded by industry icon Donald Friese, former CEO of C.R. Laurence, who along with his wife Andrea Friese and son D.J. Friese have built a self-sustaining philanthropic model to support noble causes such as the American Red Cross, L.A. Regional Food Bank, National Veterans Foundation and Salvation Army, among others. With the glass industry being instrumental in their lives and success, they felt a duty to give back.

“I’ve always been in the business of people,” says Donald Friese. “Providing others with opportunities, some of which might not otherwise have access to, has been incredibly fruitful and rewarding to my business endeavors. It’s an honor to present these opportunities and invest in people in the glass industry.”

“We are thankful and humbled by the generosity of FHC and the Friese Foundation,” says Nicole Harris, NGA president and CEO. “As a not-for-profit organization, we are capable of so many amazing things, and we’re even more impactful and swift with the help of supporters like FHC and the Friese Foundation. offers courses for contract glaziers, full-service glass companies, glass and metal fabricators, customer service and sales reps, and business owners. Courses are designed to complement—and shorten—companies’ hands-on training. also offers NGA Glazier Apprentice Curriculum for organizations and companies that want to establish a glazier apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. Students who complete the NGA Glazier Apprentice Curriculum will earn a jointly endorsed NGA/NCCER credential indicating a journeyman-level minimum competency reached through knowledge and performance.

Above & Beyond Award Ceremony: Celebrating Exemplary Service

On September 23, 2021, The Friese family was honored to attend the Los Angeles Police Foundation’s Above & Beyond Award Ceremony and Luncheon for the Los Angeles Police Department, celebrating those who have demonstrated exemplary service in the LAPD. At the event, 15 officers received the LAPD’s highest honors – the Medal of Valor, Purple Heart, and/or… Continue Reading

Red Cross Stands by Communities Amid 2021 Natural Disasters 

The Friese Foundation is proud to support organizations working to build communities, provide education and healthcare services, assist struggling low-income families and military veterans, and deliver life-saving rescue services in times of disaster. The foundation’s recent gift to the American Red Cross fits squarely within these mission priorities and helped the Red Cross respond to… Continue Reading