Since the beginning, the values of the Abel family have always included returning a measure of its success to the community through contributions. The first substantial gift from the Abel family was made in memory of George P. Abel, Sr. in 1944 to the newly formed University of Nebraska Foundation.
As the success of the family business increased, more contributions were made to various organizations. George P. Abel Jr. incorporated the Abel Foundation in 1946 as an orderly means of coordinating the family’s gifts.
Since that time, the Abel Foundation has awarded a number of major gifts to Nebraska projects, which have greatly promoted the quality of life in Nebraska communities.