Meet Our Partners & Allies


The Abilities Fund thanks our partners and allies for their visionary support and bold leadership in advancing economic opportunities for Americans with disabilities.




Our partners have committed their financial and/or other substantial resources to further the mission of The Abilities Fund.

The Economic Justice Fund of the Tides Foundation – Since 1976, Tides Foundation has provided professional and innovative services to individuls and institutions committed to accelerating positive social change through philanthropy. The Economic Justice Fund of the Tides Foundation has facilitated the growth of our web presence and, more recently, supported general operations.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – Based in Flint, Michigan, and working globally, the Mott Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that provides support to programs focused on civil society, environment and pathways out of poverty. Mott Foundation support of The Abilities Fund has facilitated the linkage of the disability community to local microenterprise organizations.

Citi Group Foundation – Women and Company®- To encourage women entrepreneurs, Women and Company® makes it possible for The Abilities Fund to award grants to women with disabilities to expand their businesses.

Hewlett Packard – Many thanks to HP for providing computer hardware to ensure staff have the technology needed to serve individuals with disabilities.

TechSoup  TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with technology products and solutions, plus the learning resources you need to make informed decisions about technology and operate at your full potential.

COVAD Communications – is now called Global Capacity, a connectivity as a service company that improves the efficiency and reduces the cost of buying access networks globally.

Trickle Up Foundation – Trickle Up is a nonprofit international development organization that empowers people living on less than $1.25 a day to take their first steps out of poverty by providing them with resources to build microenterprises for a better quality of life.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity – AEO creates economic opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs. AEO supports the development of strong and effective US microbusiness initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing, and expanding businesses.

National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation – National Cooperative Bank (NCB) provides comprehensive banking services to cooperatives and other member-owned organizations throughout the country. What makes NCB unique is that the bank was created to address the financial needs of an underserved market niche – people who join together cooperatively to meet personal, social or business needs, especially in low-income communities.

JM Foundation  The JM Foundation’s philanthropic goals are to encourage market-oriented public policy solutions; to enhance America’s unique system of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, private property ownership, and voluntarism; and to strengthen American families.




The Abilities Fund has established alliances with organizations sharing our commitment to advancing entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Iowa Able Foundation is a statewide organization helping Iowans with disabilities, their families and older Iowans access adaptive devices/equipment and home modifications through flexible loans and financial education services.

Iowa Credit Union Foundation’s mission is to help Iowans build wealth, responsibility and independence, with the vision to eliminate poverty in the state of Iowa.

World Institute on Disability is a preeminent international public policy center dedicated to carrying out cutting-edge research on disability issues and overcoming obstacles to independent living.

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) improves the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. RESNA serves that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of techology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.