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Release Date: 02.04.2014 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Joins Investors in Atlanta CareerRise

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a grant of $25,000 to Atlanta CareerRise to inventory the region’s workforce development programs, services, and resources that help individuals – from high school through adulthood – successfully prepare for, join, and advance within the workplace. 

The project, directed by a Steering Committee of leaders in metro Atlanta and supported by Atlanta CareerRise and others, will be coupled with convening of service providers and policy makers to begin a dialog about strategies and recommendations to address gaps and build capacity and effectiveness.

“The inventory is the first step to improving the alignment among providers of workforce development services, and building our region’s capacity to more effectively help the underemployed move into careers that will provide financial security,” said Milton J. Little, Jr., Chair of Atlanta CareerRise and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta.  “We are pleased to have The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation join our investors in implementing the National Fund model in metro Atlanta.” 

Atlanta CareerRise, a regional funders collaborative established in 2011, is one of a network of 30 regional collaboratives established by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions to implement a national model of workforce development in the greater Atlanta region.  Through its managing partner, United Way of Greater Atlanta, the collaborative invests in strategies to advance underemployed individuals toward sustainable wage careers through partnerships with employers in high growth sectors, capacity building, and systems change.  With its investment, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation joins the Atlanta CareerRise Investor Committee that allocates funding to collaborative priorities.

“Atlanta CareerRise is bringing a national best practice to Atlanta,” said Blank Foundation President Penelope McPhee.  “The inventory will give us a holistic picture of our region’s available resources and how they might better connect for the benefit of the individuals our Foundation serves.”


About Atlanta CareerRise
Atlanta CareerRise, a regional funders collaborative, is managed by the United Way of Greater Atlanta and supported by investments from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Trust, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation, United Way of Greater Atlanta, and the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation.  It implements a nationally recognized model of workforce development in the 13-county Greater Atlanta region.  With a mission of advancing the underemployed and unemployed toward financial stability, it is one of 32 regional funding collaboratives in the U.S. investing in career support for low-skilled individuals through robust and long-standing partnerships with employers in high growth industry sectors.  For more information visit,  


About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today.  The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.  Mr. Blank 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 $250 million to various charitable organizations.  Visit the Foundation web site for more information at

Contact Info

Contact Name: Donovan Lee-Sin

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Familiy Foundation

Phone: (404) 367-2049