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The Abelard Foundation Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-12-13

At A Glance

The Abelard Foundation Inc.

250 Park Ave., 7th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10177-0799

Telephone: 2125726351

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $7,536,848

Total giving: $330,000





Additional Contact Information

Application address for organizations located in the eastern U.S. (east of the Mississippi River): The Abelard Foundation-East, Att.: Susan Collins, P.O. Box 148, Lincoln, MA 01773, URL:; application address for organizations located in the western U.S. (west of the Mississippi River): Common Counsel Foundation, Att.: Grants Administrator, 405 14th St., Ste. 809, Oakland, CA 94612, URL:


Incorporated in 1958 in NY as successor to Albert B. Wells Charitable Trust established in 1950 in MA. The foundation is split into two groups to handle Eastern and Western applicants separately - The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

Giving especially for seed money to new organizations and model projects, with emphasis on protection of civil rights and civil liberties; support for programs designed to achieve social, political, and economic equality for urban and rural poor, including giving them a voice in decisions about their environment.

Fields of Interest

  • Antidiscrimination
  • Community and economic development
  • Community improvement
  • Community organizing
  • Economic development
  • Employment
  • Human services
  • Natural resources
  • Organized labor
  • Public affairs
  • Urban development
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $7,536,848 (market value)

Gifts received: $120,000

Expenditures: $530,472

Total giving: $330,000

Qualifying distributions: $450,026