The Foundation’s portfolio includes direct investments in highly innovative companies that promote important social objectives, create jobs, and are located in, or agree to relocate to, Baltimore City. Fostering promising technologies that offer attractive returns and environmental and social benefits is a significant part of the Abell Foundation’s investment activities. Consistent with its mission of finding innovative solutions to major social issues, the Foundation has allocated a portion of its investment portfolio to early-stage companies that offer significant social and economic benefits. These investments include long-term commitments to capital-intensive technologies that are outside the selection criteria of the broader venture capital community.
Abell’s direct investments are return-driven with a triple bottom-line focus consistent with its mission priorities. Since its initial direct investment in 1995, the Foundation has nurtured a number of early- stage companies to commercial success and has provided program-related investments in the form of loans and loan guarantees. Investment returns expand the Foundation’s capacity to enhance its local community, address complex challenges to break through the cycles of urban poverty, and give hope by offering opportunities to the disenfranchised.