NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Goldman Sachs
FUNDING AREAS: Policy, Arts & Culture, Environment, Jewish Causes, Education & Youth
OVERVIEW: Bradley Abelow and his wife Carolyn move their philanthropy through the Abelow Family Foundation. The foundation’s grantmaking supports the arts, Jewish causes, and more. Policy is an interest and Abelow’s board memberships include chairman of the Century Foundation. Grants lately have been small.
BACKGROUND: Bradley Abelow received a BA in political science from Northwestern University and an MA from Yale. He worked for Goldman Sachs, making partner. He worked in the cabinet of former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and went on to work at MF Global.
POLICY: Given Abelow’s prior positions as chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and as NJ state treasurer, the family's interest in policy is no surprise. Abelow chairs the board of the Century Foundation, “a progressive think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad.” The Abelow Foundation’s grantmaking has supported Century Foundation, as well as Brennan Institute for Justice and Southern Policy Law Center.
ARTS AND CULTURE: Grantees have included The Foundry Theatre and Beats, and Rhymes and Relief, a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives of urban youth using arts and culture.
ENVIRONMENT: Abelow Foundation has supported Sheep Mountain Alliance, Black Mesa Water Coalition, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and We Act for Environmental Justice. Note that Abelow works as a consultant, advising clients regarding politics of climate change.
JEWISH CAUSES: The Abelows fund Jewish organizations like Jewish Communal Fund, New Israel Fund, and Congregation Bnai Jeshun.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Grantees have included Brown University, Pomona College, College Horizons, and Seeds of Peace, a “nonprofit non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.”
LOOKING FORWARD: The Abelow Family Foundation’s annual grantmaking has been modest lately. It’s unclear if more money will move in coming years, but expect policy to remain a top interest.
The Abelow Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Abelow Family Foundation
Bowling Green Sta., P.O. Box 73
New York City, NY 10274