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Release Date: 10.17.2016 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Blank Family Foundation

Blank Family Foundation Education Initiative Picks Up STEAM

ATLANTA (Oct 17, 2016)The Pipeline Project, the Blank Family Foundation’s STEAM initiative, has awarded $710,000 in grants to six organizations that will give more than 32,000 children access to compelling Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics programs.

Through one of the grants, thanks to a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, during the 2016-17 school year The Pipeline Project will match donations, dollar for dollar up to $75,000, to give hundreds of Pre-K-12 classroom teachers the supplies they need to create great STEAM experiences for children in high-poverty schools in Atlanta Public Schools and in the Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb public systems.

“By investing in ideas that increase the supply of rigorous STEAM programs and heighten demand among students and parents, The Pipeline Project is helping communities produce tomorrow’s talent today,” said Ayana Gabriel, who leads the Blank Family Foundation’s education programs.

Donors can visit The Pipeline Project page at DonorsChoose.org to locate projects eligible for the match.

 

The Pipeline Project Fall 2016 Grants

Georgia Tech CEISMC
$150,000 over two years to provide STEM professional development and programmatic support for the Hollis Innovation Academy and the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Washington Cluster.

Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative
$150,000 over two years to prepare 60 to 80 underserved high school students from Metro Atlanta for success in STEM education and careers via a series of workshops, field trips, training events, coding camps and summer internships with high-profile Metro Atlanta firms.

TechSquare Labs
$180,000 over two years to create an online platform that allows for uploading, identification, and utilization of STEAM resources in Metro Atlanta while simultaneously encouraging STEAM as a viable success career path for Metro Atlanta youth.

DonorsChoose.org
$150,000 over two years to match gifts from 1,300 donors to provide STEAM supplies for 400 Pre-K – 12 classroom teachers reaching 10,000 students in high-poverty public schools in Atlanta, Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb districts.

Netcentric Campaigns
$50,000 to design and launch a networking campaign that brings together nonprofit executives, educators, funders and influencers in order to accelerate opportunity in the STEAM education sector.

Georgia State University - Alonzo Center for Urban Educational Excellence
$30,000 to identify and prioritize strategies that will increase parent and student demand for high-quality STEAM programming in Metro Atlanta.

 

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform 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, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and Atlanta United. Mr. Blank, chairman of the foundation, 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 $300 million to various charitable organizations.

For more information about The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, visit www.blankfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @blankfoundation.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Alison Sawyer

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Phone: (404) 367-2063

E-mail: asawyer@ambfo.com