Falcons Owner Continues Commitment to Justice

Will Palaszczuk
June 18, 2020 - 11:49 am

The foundation headed by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank pledged a $470,000 donation on Thursday dedicated to causes promoting racial justice and supporting democracy.

Funds will go as grants to seven separate organizations focused on what the foundation called "creating systemic change and ending the disenfranchisement of Blacks, Indigenous People, and all People of Color." in a press release Thursday.

“Ending systemic racism in our communities, our country and our world is long overdue,” said Arthur Blank, Chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Blank Family of Businesses. “The recent and tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and far too many other Black men, women and children, make it clear that we all must thoughtfully listen and respond with meaningful and sustainable actions. The grants we are announcing today are part of an ongoing commitment for racial justice by me, my family, our Foundation and our businesses. We will amplify the voices of these grantees and other enduring partners like the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Equal Justice Initiative and New Georgia Project. Together, we will work to find common ground for all citizens to enable lasting and positive change.”

Georgia entities that will benefit from these grants include the Southern Center for Human Rights, Georgia NAACP, Color of Change, & Movement for Black Lives. The Blank Family Foundation also pledged a grant to promote racial equity and expand police reform in Montana, a state where Blank has business and philanthropic ventures.

Blank follows the lead of Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who himself pledged $500,000 to start a fundraiser for the black community in Atlanta. As of midday Thursday, Ryan's GoFundMe page for the cause has raised $1.26 million.