We believe Baltimore’s children and youth deserve equitable access to educational opportunities that allow them to thrive in careers and in life. We have a strong commitment to the City’s PreK-12 public education system and the nonprofit partners that support these students.

We support programs that:

  • Increase student literacy, numeracy, and overall academic achievement
  • Encourage the recruitment and development of high-quality teachers and school leaders
  • Promote quality and innovative models of in-school, after-school, and summer instruction
  • Increase family and community engagement
  • Facilitate successful transitions between high school and postsecondary and career opportunities
Program Officer: Joe Manko

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Learn more about our eligibility and review criteria, and small and regular grants processes.

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Featured Work in Education

Abell Report: Entry and Exit of Baltimore City Teachers Before and After COVID

In 2022, after increasing pressures from the COVID pandemic and a shifting political climate, the nation’s largest teachers’ union warned that over half of teachers were considering exiting the profession. This report investigates whether Baltimore City Schools has experienced changes in teacher supply due to COVID.

Photo courtesy of iMentor.

Case Study: Building a Web of College Completion

Abell Foundation grantees are working to improve college outcomes for City Schools students. Not only do these organizations work to increase college application and acceptance rates, but they also support persistence initiatives to ensure enrolled college students graduate, ultimately increasing the quality and quantity of professional opportunities available to Baltimore’s young people.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore City Competitive Robotics Program.

Case Study: Baltimore City Competitive Robotics Program

The Baltimore City Competitive Robotics Program – the extracurricular robotics program for Baltimore City Public Schools – trains students to design, build, and program robots for team competitions, encouraging teamwork, leadership, and problem solving with adult mentors while buttressing in-school academic performance.

Past Grants

Learn more about our grantees and their work to enhance the quality of life in Baltimore.
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    Header photo courtesy of Urban Teachers Baltimore.