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The Abell Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 05/07/2018

At A Glance

The Abell Foundation, Inc.

111 S. Calvert St., Ste. 2300

Baltimore, MD United States 21202-6174

Telephone: (410) 547-1300


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Incorporated in 1953 in MD - The principal donor, Harry C. Black, was the chairman of the A.S. Abell Company, a newspaper publishing and television broadcasting company. The A.S. Abell Company, also made substantial contributions to the foundation's corpus. Gary Black, Sr., nephew of Harry C. Black, was chairman of both the company and the foundation. In May 1986, the A.S. Abell Company was purchased by a Los Angeles based conglomerate, the Times-Mirror Company. The foundation received about $112 million directly from the purchase, making it more than twice as large as the next largest foundation in the state at that time.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation has seven broad program areas of interest: 1) Community development; 2) Workforce development; 3) Criminal justice and addiction; 4) Education; 5) Health and human services; 6) Conservation and environment; and 7) arts and culture. Within these areas, the foundation invites requests for demonstration projects, feasibility studies, strategic planning, capital improvements, new construction, and equipment, program development and enhancements, research, and program-related investments.