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Geographic areas of focus have been identified by the Foundation in order to achieve greatest impact in our grant making. As we've stated elsewhere, we look to partner with nonprofit organizations in the communities in which we operate facilities. The corporation has prospered from its operations in New England and the Foundation is able to express its appreciation by being active in the local communities on which we depend:

Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts
Boston is home to New Balance's worldwide headquarters and to a team of 515 associates. We are proud to have called the venerable city home during the past century and are committed to its many residents and communities, particularly the Allston-Brighton community where we're headquartered. Boston has countless worthy nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving children and we have established meaningful and productive relationships with many of them.

New Balance Athletic Shoe began manufacturing in Lawrence back in 1978 and currently employs 685 associates. Located 25 miles north of Boston , Lawrence is an industrial, multi-cultural city featuring historic mill buildings and boasting a strong manufacturing heritage. The Foundation works to evaluate the needs of the community and partners with local nonprofit agencies and organizations to provide better opportunities in areas of education & athletics, health & human services, arts & culture and the environment.

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Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Norway, Maine
Maine, with a strong heritage in shoe making, was a natural fit for New Balance to expand its manufacturing in 1981. Today, New Balance is the only athletic footwear maker in the state. Here, we operate three facilities in three communities: Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Norway employing approximately 950 Maine residents. The Foundation is committed to giving back to these communities and making a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of the people in these regions and the futures of their children.

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