The Abell Foundation, formerly known as The A.S. Abell Company Foundation, was established on December 31, 1953 by Harry C. Black, philanthropist and then chairman of the board of the A.S. Abell Company, the former publisher of The Baltimore Sun. Upon the sale of the A.S. Abell Company in 1986, the resources of the Foundation increased significantly.
The Abell Foundation is the largest private foundation serving only Maryland. The Foundation has acted as an agent of change by supporting innovative, results-oriented efforts to ameliorate the systemic social, economic, and environmental challenges encountered by those living in concentrated poverty. With a unique focus on Baltimore City, Abell provides grant funding to enterprising non-profits as well as research to better inform civic conversation. It also invests in new businesses and technologies that have the potential to benefit society and build Baltimore's workforce.
Since its establishment, the Abell Foundation has contributed more than $276,000,000 to the community.