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How aerobics changed the life of Arthur Blank long before he bought the Atlanta Falcons


Arthur Blank was in his 30s when a doctor gave him essentially a mandate, changing his life.

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Arthur Blank funds Atlanta program to help people who stutter: It’s personal


Arthur Blank never let his stutter be a hindrance to his success. That was thanks in large part to his determination and the support of his mother, who always told him that his words mattered. Now Blank wants to help others who have the speech disorder.

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Flavors: Westside Works Culinary Program Comes to Mountain Sky Guest Ranch


At the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch tucked into the Paradise Valley in Emigrant, Eastern spirits met Big Sky flavors. Two Westside Works Culinary Academy graduates from Atlanta received hands on training under the leadership of Executive Chef Mason Zeglen this summer.

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Arthur Blank’s mission to give away his wealth


At 77, the Home Depot founder, who has a net worth of about 4.7 billion, decides the best way he can spend his time is by giving away his fortune.

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Arthur Blank Foundation gives Civil and Human Rights Center $17M grant


The Arthur Blank Family Foundation announced a $17 million grant to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday, a sum that is likely to be transformative for the downtown Atlanta landmark.

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Reaching for Fitness Among Middle School Girls


In the fifth grade, 51 percent of girls in Georgia have healthy aerobic ability. By the 12th grade, the number plummets to 31 percent. What’s causing this drop? And what can be done about it? A group of nonprofits, led by the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, have decided to focus on the issue — and on […]

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With $9.5 million grant, The First Tee will bolster its offerings for teenage golfers


There may not be a better moment than now to support junior golf. That’s exactly what PGA Superstore and Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, have done. Their $9.5 million grant will go towards bolstering The First Tee’s offerings for teenage golfers. The grant will fund a leadership summit […]

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Arthur Blank puts his money where his heart is


This week, Blank’s Atlanta United added to the initial financial commitment with its ‘United We Conquer’ initiative, which will serve as a platform for the club to give back to the community, acknowledge and support those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and offer resources for fans and community members who would like […]

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Bozeman area businesses making medical gowns, masks for hospital


Simms Fishing Products has stopped making outdoor equipment in its Bozeman plant and is now producing medical gowns for Bozeman Health. Simms, which delivered its first batch of reusable gowns on Friday, is one of several local businesses designing and manufacturing personal protective equipment in the face of a nationwide shortage stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Announces Nearly $5.4 Million In Funding For COVID-19 Relief Efforts


Commitments Made to Nonprofits in Atlanta and Montana to Help with Immediate and Long-Term Support  ATLANTA – March 20, 2020 – In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation today announced nearly $5.4 million in funding for immediate and long-term recovery assistance to organizations providing critical support throughout Georgia and […]

Arthur Blank Donating $5.4 Million to COVID-19 Relief Efforts in Atlanta, Montana


Atlanta United and Falcons owner Arthur Blank is donating $5.4 million to COVID-19 relief efforts in Georgia and Montana through his foundation. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation plans to provide immediate and long-term assistance to multiple organizations in both states as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

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English Avenue apartments specifically for police recruits will aim to thwart crime, lift youth


In many cases, income inequality and the forces of gentrification have made Atlanta a virtually unaffordable place to live for working-class people such as fast food employees, teachers, and emergency responders. Thanks in part to a $4 million grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, however, Atlanta Police Department recruits could soon have a […]

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Multimillion-dollar grant to train students in building trades


A multimillion-dollar grant is intended to address a pressing problem that the building boom across the county and especially in metro Atlanta has exacerbated — the lack of workers in the skilled construction trades.

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Home Depot’s Blank gives $50m for Babson leadership school


Home Depot cofounder Arthur Blank has distributed hundreds of millions through grants from his family foundation since its formation in 1995. But none of the gifts were as large as this one.

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Grant to help center train veterans for workforce


A Georgia center that helps military veterans transition to civilian life soon will be able to offer accelerated training for a job that’s high in demand.

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First season of girl’s flag football takes it to the house


As metro Atlanta counts down to the Super Bowl in February, a different significant gridiron match took place Thursday in the same venue.

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How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers


On a 4-acre farm a few miles south of the Fulton County Jail, Abiodun Henderson swung a pickax into the soil at her feet. She kept at it until she was winded and sweating on this brisk October morning.

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Why Soccer Fields Are Sprouting Up at Atlanta’s Transit Stations


Swaths of MARTA’s empty space are being turned into athletic fields for kids and adults. The goal is to build a transit-oriented soccer league.

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Working Dogs: A Nose for Conservation


On a cold, cloud-heavy spring day in Southwest Montana’s Paradise Valley, a Belgian malinois named Pepin trots from one pile of elk scat to the next, tongue lolling, nose glued to the ground, intent. Not far behind, his handler, Megan Parker, follows, providing words of encouragement when needed. A rubber ball sits in her pocket […]

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A potential plan for the mayor’s $1 billion affordable housing promise


Last October, a month before the mayoral election, then candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms pledged $1 billion toward affordable housing. Soon after, a group of stakeholders – researchers, housing developers, community advocates, city employees – quietly came together to try and come up with a plan.

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City Announces $2M Park Renovations Ahead Of Super Bowl


The city broke ground Wednesday on the $2 million renovation project for John F. Kennedy Park. The project is part of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy 53 initiative and is made possible through contributions from the NFL Foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Foundation and ticket sales from the July 29 Atlanta Falcons pre-season […]

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Inside the program that’s giving people on Atlanta’s Westside a chance to rise up


It’s a sleepy June morning on the Westside of Atlanta. But on this day, a dozen students are up, some before the sun, ready to start a new chapter of their lives.

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Gwinnett schools to start girls flag football program


Gwinnett County high school girls, are you ready for some football? School district officials believe the answer is yes. Gwinnett County high school girls, are you ready for some football? School district officials believe the answer is yes. Gwinnett County Public Schools have partnered with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to bring girls flag football teams […]

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Left Behind: How Can Philanthropy Help Make This Prosperous City More Inclusive?


Not enough philanthropic support is going to communities left behind by Atlanta’s economy, fueled in part by the city’s reputation as progressive and welcoming.

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How I Built This with Guy Raz – The Home Depot: Arthur Blank


In 1978, Arthur Blank and his business partner Bernie Marcus were running a successful chain of hardware stores called Handy Dan – but then, they were unexpectedly fired.

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Westside initiatives take root, ‘but there’s a long way to go’


There are so many partners, initiatives and projects are underway in the communities west of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it’s impossible to mention them all.

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Arthur Blank’s for-profit buys 6,300-acre ranch in Montana


Atlanta’s economic development agency is helping an investment capital firm restore a historic downtown building that has been vacant since the mid-1990s.  

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Next Stop: Atlanta


It’s 8:30 in the morning and already Frank Fernandez carries the energy of a man running behind schedule. Hovering over his laptop in a coffee shop he forgoes the available stool behind him, as if sitting might somehow slow him down. He’s on a call while he works his touch pad, awaiting his drip coffee. […]

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