The Foundation was established in 1985 by William S. Abell and Patricia O’C. Abell to support qualified organizations in providing aid to people in need in the District of Columbia and nearby Maryland counties.
The Foundation's resources were greatly expanded by a generous bequest from Margaret Abell Powell, part of which was used to establish a fund to support certain ballet and theater activities.
The William S. Abell Foundation operates in accordance with the principles of the Roman Catholic Church and does not support organizations that perform, sponsor or promote abortion or organizations that refer clients to groups or health clinics that perform, sponsor or promote abortions.
Our Board of Trustees
Alicia M. Abell
Charles S. Abell
Christopher S. Abell, Sr.
Gregory T. Abell
Kevin O'C Abell
Patricia B. Abell
Mary Kathryn Nolan
Tom Nurmi, Jr.
Gregory T. Abell, Chair
Elaine Nurmi, President
Alicia M. Abell, Vice President
Christopher S. Abell, Sr., Secretary
Kevin O'C Abell, Treasurer
Janet Miller, Executive Director
Heather E. Jones, Foundation Program Officer