The organization dedicated to fighting global poverty by empowering women and girls partners with Atlanta family foundation to invest in communities and save lives
Atlanta, GA (November 14, 2019) — Today, CARE announced a three-year $6.8M grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to support international programs that foster economic development, influence policy change, and provide humanitarian aid for people affected by natural and man-made disasters. The partnership marks the first strategic international expansion of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s philanthropic efforts, which promote positive change in peoples’ lives and build and enhance the communities in which they live.
“We are so honored that The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation chose CARE to extend the tremendous impact they’ve made here in the U.S. to other parts of the world.” said CARE President and CEO Michelle Nunn. “The needs are greater than ever and the Foundation’s capacity to leverage life-changing work is enormous at this critical moment. This investment will impact over 1 million women through our micro-savings programs while also ensuring that CARE can reach more people facing emergencies with life-savings assistance.”
With the generous support of investors like The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, CARE worked in 100 countries last year, providing life-changing support for more than 56 million people. CARE has focused on working alongside girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.
“While historically we have focused on domestic issues, particularly here in Atlanta, we are proud to make our first major grant supporting international work to CARE – a hometown partner and global leader. I believe now, more than ever, in the value of inclusion — not just within our own nation and our own local communities — but worldwide,” said Arthur Blank, Chairman, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “CARE is an incredible partner and we are excited to invest in a like-minded global organization focused on building a larger network to be our brother’s keepers throughout the world.”
This new grant will support CARE’s Pennies to Power program, which will bring the life-changing benefits of village savings and loan associations (VSLA) to 60 million members, including 50 million women and girls, by 2030. In partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, CARE will make transformational investments in Malawi, Tanzania, and Nigeria to help women establish and grow new enterprises, send their children to school, and invest in their futures.
In addition to the financial commitment, Arthur Blank will serve as Honorary Co-chair of the new Atlanta Committee for CARE, part of a nationwide network of committees that work as a unified force to lead and energize a shared vision of investing in women and girls as a force for change. As CARE approaches its 75th anniversary in 2020, it is convening a consortium of committed citizens to work shoulder to shoulder with CARE USA to build relevant, sustainable solutions to defeat poverty, respond to humanitarian crises, ensure social justice and create a world where all people live with dignity and security.
To learn more about or get involved in the Atlanta Committee for CARE please email ATLCommittee@care.org or call 404-979-9462
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. That’s why women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to confront hunger, ensure nutrition and food security for all, improve education and health, create economic opportunity and respond to emergencies. CARE works in 100 countries, reaching more than 56 million people around the world.
For more information about CARE, visit www.CARE.org or follow @CAREorg on Instagram and @CARE on Twitter.
About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in education, parks and greenspace, youth development, community redevelopment, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, and West Creek Ranch. Mr. Blank, chairman of the Foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $425 million to various charitable organizations.
For more information about The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, visit www.blankfoundation.org or follow on Facebook @BlankFamilyFoundation or Instagram and Twitter @BlankFoundation.