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Release Date: 03.26.2014 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Blank Family Foundation Supports Leadership Training for Metro Atlanta Nonprofits

Applications for Training Program Accepted Beginning April 1

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded $150,000 to The Bridgespan Group to deliver leadership training and strategy consulting services to up to 75 Metro Atlanta nonprofit organizations.

Through the Leading for Impact–Atlanta initiative, Bridgespan will collaborate with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to help nonprofit executive teams increase their impact in the community.

“We are excited to join with Bridgespan to help organizations ratchet up the quality of their work and produce positive changes in peoples’ lives,” said Blank Family Foundation President Penelope McPhee. “As nonprofit organizations grow their capacity, they can help achieve results that go beyond what seems possible today.”

The Leading for Impact model is effective because it requires hands-on engagement from an organization’s entire executive team, including the CEO. The program has a dual focus on helping the executive team members to deepen their skills, and to complete customized, team-led projects on priority issues. The program is geared towards nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets of $3 million to $50 million.

The first Leading for Impact cohort launched in Atlanta in early 2014, with six participating organizations and 33 senior nonprofit leaders. A second cohort comprised of the executive teams of eight nonprofits will begin in August 2014. Applications for cohorts launching in 2015 and 2016 will be accepted beginning April 1, 2014. Detailed information and a link to the online application can be found at GCN.org/LeadingForImpact.

“The Leading for Impact program is unique in that it is designed for nonprofit CEOs and their executive teams to learn together and to align in how they think and act. Achieving this enables the team to drive continuous performance improvement over time,” said Bridgespan partner and head of its Leadership practice Kirk Kramer. “Through this application process, our goal is to identify a group of ambitious organizations eager to refresh their skills, apply new tools to the challenges they are facing, and exchange ideas with other nonprofit leaders.”

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 www.BlankFoundation.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Phone: (404) 367-2062

E-mail: JBare@ambfo.com