About Us

Our History

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.

Our Principles 

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

Cindy Work Abell

Greg Abell

Kelley Abell

Kevin O 'C. Abell

Aryn Castle

Christina Castle

Jessica Ganjamie

Mary Kathryn Nolan

Mike Nolan

Eleanor Nurmi

Cleo Schneider

Elizabeth Sites

Jamison Sites




Kelley Abell, Chair

Christina Castle, President

Eleanor Nurmi, Vice President

Janet Miller, Secretary

Mike Nolan, Treasurer


Foundation Staff

Janet Miller, Executive Director

Claire Nelson, Grants Consultant

Heather Zakrzewski, Finance Manager

Lisa Brown, Office Administrator