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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 […]

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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Arthur M. Blank foundation grows its Montana roots


A Georgia-based foundation is building on its 17 years of philanthropy in Montana with new grant-making and programming to its portfolio of charitable activities.

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The Power Of Purpose: The Servant Leadership Philosophy Of Arthur M. Blank


Soft-spoken, introspective and thoughtful aren’t usually qualities you associate with successful entrepreneurs–let alone someone like Arthur M. Blank, the billionaire co-founder of the Home Depot, and the owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team and the Major League Soccer team Atlanta United.

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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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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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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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