How it all began: the story of the foundation

The Anthony R. Abraham Foundation

May 1, 2021

Our story begins when Lebanese – American entrepreneur Anthony R. Abraham decided to give back after achieving great success as a business man. Abraham grew up in less than modest means and was a tireless worker. As a young boy, he made a vow that if by the grace of God he ever could, he would feed the poor and help the sick. Throughout his life, Abraham was able to live out that vow and was devoted to helping others and was an honored leader in children’s philanthropy. He was a benefactor of numerous orphanages and children’s medical facilities throughout the world including ones in Lebanon and Haiti and was the last living founding member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Both his wife Genevieve and Anthony R. Abraham devoted their lives to helping others through the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation they established in 1976. The foundation donated millions to numerous worthy causes and non-profit charities around the world, helping ease poverty and building hospitals, orphanages, and medical research facilities along the way.

After Mr. and Mrs. Abraham passed away, their children took care of that role and mission. Today, the Abraham siblings, Thomas, Norma Jean, and Judi, as well as other family members on the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation’s board, work tierlessly to offer aid in parts of the world hit by crisis. Thomas G. Abraham currently serves as Chairman and Norma Jean Abraham serves as Vice-Chair.

Among the local organizations supported by the foundation are Christopher Columbus High School, Camillus House, Miami Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, America’s Second Harvest, Miami Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Florida Heart Research Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alonzo Mourning Charities, Cancer Link, The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and Boystown Catholic Charities.

Some of the few international organizations supported by the foundation are The Genevieve Abraham School of Nursing, The Lebanese Hospital- Geitawi, The School for the Blind and Deaf, The Spastic Center, The Creche St. Vincent de Paul, The Rene Moawad Foundation, The Children’s International Network, Doctors without Borders, and Little Sisters of Nazareth. And through the Brothers of the Good Shepherd in Haiti, the foundation has built a school, a farm, and housing for children.