OVERVIEW: This funder mostly supports efforts in Atlanta related to early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted from nonprofits.
FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts
IP TAKE: This is a great funder to know in Georgia, especially if you’re in Atlanta. Learn about what the foundation staff members specialize in and contact the most appropriate member for your project.
PROFILE: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation was established in 1995 by the co-founder of The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Blank retired from the company in 2001, and has given over $300 million to charity through his foundation and family’s personal giving.
Early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts are the foundation’s focus areas. The foundation also leads giving for the Blank Family of Businesses, which include the Atlanta Falcons, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, and Atlanta United.
Over the course of about 10 years, the foundation invested around $10 million to improve neighborhoods in western Atlanta. In fact, the foundation created the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund for this cause, which is a $15 million long-term commitment. More information about this effort and others can be found on the Initiatives page. Here you can learn about getting involved with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and the Atlanta United Foundation, two sports-based philanthropies that you can apply to.
Almost all grants are limited to work in the state of Georgia. However, some grants go to efforts in Montana as well as part of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund. Overall, grantmaking here is very competitive, and only a few ideas lead to awards. Main program areas have been Better Beginnings (birth to age five demographic), Pathways to Success (K-12 STEAM education in Metro Atlanta), Inspiring Spaces (parks in Atlanta), and Art of Change (access to the arts).
A list of recent grants can be accessed on the Grants List page. Keep in mind that only some of these grants are discretionary grants. Recent grants have been as low as $1,000 and as high as $400,000. Current financial data can be reviewed in the annual reports. Grants are not awarded to individuals, for scholarships, or to support religious activities.
Unfortunately for grantseekers, this foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. General questions can be directed to the staff at 404-367-2100. Nonprofits are encouraged to contact the most relevant staff member with inquiries about specific programs and goals.
You can keep up with what this funder is doing by following the News and Events page.
- Penelope McPhee, President and Director
- John Bare, Vice President for Programs
- Suganthi Simon, Program Officer – Westside
- Ayana Gabriel, Program Officer – Fostering Opportunity
- Kaamel Nuri, Program Manager – American Explorers
- STEAM in the South: A Look at the Blank Family Foundation’s Pipeline Project
- Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood