Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Donates Over $5 Million for COVID-19 Relief Assistance

Amanda Cooper
March 20, 2020 - 5:01 pm
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To flatten the curve of the growing number of coronavirus cases in Georgia, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced today they are donating roughly $5.4 million in funding for immediate and long-term recovery assistance to organizations providing critical support.  Artur Blank who is a co-founder of The Home Depot and currently owns the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United is also Chairman of the foundation. In a statement on the website,  he reminded everyone to "take a moment to be grateful for each other, for the good that exists, and for what tomorrow brings." 

$5 million to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund established by United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. This new fund is focused on serving the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations who are suddenly facing a gap in support. Funds will also go to nonprofit organizations that address food insecurity, housing stability, medical supports, and childcare, among other pressing concerns.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is making the following commitments in Atlanta:

$100,000 grant to Hands On Atlanta to ensure 31 AmeriCorps members can continue to support public schools across metro Atlanta. Their service will shift to virtual tutoring and social-emotional learning coaching as well as supporting food distribution to students and families in need throughout three school districts in Atlanta. 

$100,000 to the Atlanta Police Foundation to maintain adequate staffing levels and ensure the safety of officers through the enhanced sanitation of police facilities and the provision of personal sanitation supplies to police officers and other essential city employees

3.5 tons of surplus of food, which is valued at $100,000, will provide more than 2,310 meals to six nonprofit groups in Atlanta by the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, part of Arthur Blank's Family of Businesses. The six nonprofits are the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO), Atlanta Mission, Atlanta City Baptist Rescue Mission, Gateway Center, Hope House, and Salvation Army: Red Shield Services.

Along with the listed Georgia organizations, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation will be also donating the money to help provide long-term recovery assistance to organizations providing critical support throughout Montana.