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Frederick B. Abramson, Inc.

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.abramsonfoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation, was established in 1991 as a continuing tribute to the memory of Fred Abramson, a distinguished member of the Washington legal community. Fred Abramson was only the second African American President of the District of Columbia Bar, Bar Counsel to the Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and, perhaps most important, mentor and role model to scores of individuals.

The primary purpose of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation is to support and promote:

- the importance of community service and mentoring, especially for minorities and women,
- the ongoing value of educational attainment, and
- legal representation for disadvantaged individuals and the public interest.

The Foundation distributes the proceeds of its fundraising through annual awards in two ways:

(1) The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Scholarship Award is presented to graduating District of Columbia public high school seniors to help defray college expenses at a four-year accredited institution; award amounts are based on need and typically range from $2,000 to $10,000 per student. Recipients must have solid academic records and exemplify a commitment to community service, social change and triumph over economic disadvantage.

(2) The Frederick B. Abramson Public Service Award is a fellowship for up to $10,000 awarded to one or more graduating law students or judicial law clerks. The recipients must exemplify Frederick Abramson's commitment to the use of law to advance the community and public interest by committing to at least one year's employment with either a public interest law firm or other not-for-profit service organization in the District of Columbia.

The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation has a volunteer board of directors comprised of fifty individuals representing the legal, medical, business, public interest and educational communities of Washington, DC. The board, whose members are elected to three-year terms, meets three times each year, and all members engage in active committee work for the Foundation throughout the year.

Service Areas

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District of Columbia

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

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Ms. Lori Jackson

Keywords

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scholarship, education

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Also Known As

The Abramson Scholarship Foundation

EIN

52-1800184

 Number

1441635045

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation has two grantmaking programs: (1) The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Scholarship Award is presented to graduating District of Columbia public high school seniors to help defray college expenses at a four-year accredited institution; award amounts are based on need and typically range from $2,000 to $10,000 per student. Recipients must have solid academic records and exemplify a commitment to community service, social change and triumph over economic disadvantage. (2) The Frederick B. Abramson Public Service Award is a fellowship for up to $10,000 awarded to one or more graduating law students or judicial law clerks. The recipients must exemplify Frederick Abramson's commitment to the use of law to advance the community and public interest by committing to at least one year's employment with either a public interest law firm or other not-for-profit service organization in the District of Columbia.

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The Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Frederick B. Abramson, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lori Jackson

BIO

Lori Jackson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, a non-profit foundation located in Washington, DC that offers scholarships to DC public high school students and fellowships to attorneys working in the non-profit sector. Lori Jackson has served as Executive Director of the Foundation since August 2003. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Ms. Jackson served as Manager of Charitable Giving for Mellon Financial in Boston, overseeing a 2 million dollar budget for corporate giving in the Boston region.

Ms. Jackson holds a B.A. from Brown University and lives in D.C.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Addy Schmitt

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