Initiatives for Effecting Systemic Change
The Foundation's efforts are mostly focused
in Baltimore City, which, though making considerable progress, continues to be burdened with far too many problems associated with a high concentration
of urban poverty. Accordingly, the Foundation designates
a significant portion of its resources to fund initiatives in this
sphere of concern; in particular, initiatives that may lie outside
of the community's institutional needs but which identify and address
them in new and even unorthodox ways.
|Project Early ID was launched in 2005 with three-year funding from the Abell Foundation. With the goal of solidifying literacy skills in early childhood students, the pilot program aimed to prevent reading difficulties (and referrals to special education)….
We remain committed to being an agent of change, working creatively
to define issues, providing a forum to exchange ideas about issues,
and taking our place in the community's efforts to improve and enrich
the quality of life in Maryland, specifically in the Baltimore area.
The following are the Foundation's seven program areas:
Support for programs that encourage
higher levels of student achievement through recruitment and development
of quality teachers and principals, and that enhance curricula,
create new charter and innovative schools, increase parental involvement, and
encourage the pursuit of higher education among the less affluent.
Health & Human Services
Support for programs designed to reach
the underserved, disadvantaged, and at-risk populations to help
them achieve fuller and more meaningful participation in the community,
and to promote physical and mental health well being.
Support for programs and initiatives that increase public
safety and reduce recidivism with a special emphasis on transitional
services for returning ex-offenders which promote successful community
reentry and decrease the likelihood of re-incarceration. Support
for programs that increase the availability and effectiveness of
substance abuse treatment for uninsured and underserved individuals
within Baltimore City.
Support for programs that help low-income,
unemployed and underemployed job seekers find and keep jobs that
pay family-sustaining wages.
to assist the uninsured and those on Medical assistance to access health care services, Project HEALTH recruits volunteer
college students to work with patients to connect them with
services to meet
their non-health care needs, while medical professionals focus
patients’ medical needs.
Support for programs that seek to
expand the business and job base of Baltimore City, enhance downtown
and neighborhoods through preservation and reinvestment, and to
increase the city's tax base.
Arts & Culture
Support for organizations that are committed
to building a diverse base of support and conducting strong outreach
and educational programs.
Support for programs that seek to
preserve Maryland's ecologically significant and endangered natural
resources and to advocate for clean air and water.
We invite you to click on the links and explore
the above initiatives in greater depth. Learn more about Abell-funded
programs by visiting Publications/Research,
where you'll find articles and reports about our areas of interest.
For information regarding our funding criteria and application process,
please visit Grantmaking.