with a focus on Workforce Development and Economic Mobility
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives and builds and enhances the communities in which they live. We seek innovative solutions that enable young people, families and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today.
After 25 years and nearly $900 million in giving, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has committed to significantly accelerating the impact of our philanthropy. The Board is embarking on a journey of deeper learning and strategy setting for its new collective areas of giving: Youth Development, Democracy and the Environment.
The Blank Family Foundation will continue our enduring commitment to the issues that our founder and chairman cares deeply about, including the Westside Atlanta transformation, mental health and wellbeing, veterans and the military, and stuttering, among others.
Across these portfolios, the Blank Family Foundation will look for opportunities to address the growing crisis of disconnection in our nation. Geographically, much of the work will continue to prioritize Georgia (with a focus on Atlanta) and Montana, while also considering the potential for greater national impact and influence.
Formed in 1995, the Blank Foundation has invested nearly $900 million in early childhood development, education, green space, community transformation, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, West Creek Ranch and Paradise Valley Ranch. In 2014, the Foundation created the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a $30 million long-term commitment to invest in catalytic projects to ignite positive change and transform both people and place in Atlanta’s Westside communities. To date, nearly $50 million has been distributed to projects focused on housing, educational opportunity, crime and safety, health, and civic empowerment.
Through the establishment of The Molly Blank Fund to honor the giving heart of our Chairman’s late mother, an additional $32 million has been distributed to issues and causes she cared about including at-risk youth, arts and culture, and Jewish causes emphasizing social justice and interfaith coalitions.
Molly Blank believed to her core in the importance of giving back and that value was instilled in both our Chairman and his brother, Michael, and each of their children.
“Family is the most important part of my life. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that we share similar values and a commitment to affect positive change in the world. This is a true family foundation. We sit at the table as a family, we make decisions as a family, we share a calling to make a difference. In some respects our foundation defines who we are and what we stand for. My hope is that our future generations will also experience the joy of giving back to our foundation. What greater way to perpetuate our values and our love.”