The Abelard Foundation is a family foundation, with offices on both the east and west coasts, which has been making grants in support of progressive social change since 1958.

Abelard Foundation-East (Abelard East) focuses its grantmaking on projects operating east of the Mississippi River.

The board of directors meets in the late spring and late fall each year to make grantmaking decisions. The average grant size is $10,000. While grants are approved for one year, the Foundation will consider two renewal requests.

Each year the Foundation makes approximately 15 grants, of which generally five are new. Most grants are for general support.