The Abrams Foundation: Boston Grants

OVERVIEW: Founded in 1997, the Abrams Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of David and Amy Abrams. The foundation’s grantmaking has supported Boston organizations focused on youth development and related education organizations and initiatives, the arts, and community issues.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.  

FUNDING AREAS: Education, Youth, Arts & Culture, Community, Jewish Causes

PROFILE: Financier David Abrams founded Abrams Capital in Boston in 1999. He and his wife Amy, who also has a finance background, move their philanthropy through the Abrams Foundation in 1997. The charity keeps a low profile and has a minimal web presence.

The foundation’s grantmaking mainly supports Boston organizations focused on youth development and related education organizations and initiatives, the arts, and community issues.  The Abrams Foundation gave away more than $4.5 million in a recent year.

The Abrams couple via their foundation steadily support select arts institutions in Boston. A big winner is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which has received millions from the couple. A $3 million gift earlier in the decade endowed a curator of music. Amy sits on the board of the museum. Other grantees have included Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The family steadily supports schools and youth organizations like included Berklee College of Music, KIPP Academy Lynn, Match Charter Public School, and Year Up. The family also supports Jewish organizations like like Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. The Abramses have also supported Civic Leadership Fund at the Boston Foundation.

Many grants are in the $10,000 to $50,000 range, but a few far exceed that number.

PEOPLE:

  • David C. Abrams, Trustee & Director
  • Amy Abrams, Trustee & Director

CONTACT:

The Abrams Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple, but below is contact information:

Abrams Foundation
222 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: (617) 646-6140