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Arthur Blank’s $3 million gift to Children’s Healthcare

arthur_stephanieAtlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank just announced a $3 million gift to the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The gift was made through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to honor his wife Stephanie’s support of Children’s; she serves as a trustee.

The center will now be named the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children.

“I am humbled that Arthur and our family selected child protective services,” Stephanie Blank said in a statement. “The Child Protection Center was the first place at Children’s I toured more than a decade ago, even before I joined the Foundation Board. When I learned about the care and hope the Center and its staff provide to these vulnerable children, I was committed instantly to supporting the program.”

The center promotes the safety and well-being of children through community advocacy and the identification, assessment and prevention of child abuse.

“Protection against child abuse, neglect and maltreatment are areas of personal interest and passion for my wife, as well as concerns of our Family Foundation,” Arthur Blank, who chairs The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, said in a statement. “Stephanie has always been a strong advocate for underserved children. In honoring her 12 years of service to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—the last five as Board Chair of the Children’s Foundation—we want to make a difference in an area about which Stephanie cares deeply.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

42 comments Add your comment

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
11:52 am

Now this is a much better blog entry.

Thanks.

Elliot Garcia

April 21st, 2011
12:15 pm

now if we can just get Arthur to buy the Braves……

Becky

April 21st, 2011
12:26 pm

Very nice story..My family has benifited from Children’s Hospital, so thank you Mr.Blank.. If that’s his wife in the picture, she’s very pretty, kinda looks like my niece..

Blank Fan

April 21st, 2011
12:36 pm

Another classy and generous move by one of the most treasured citizens of our city -

CHARLES BURTON

April 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

SHE LOOKS GOOD HOW OLD IS SHE?

Michael in Decatur

April 21st, 2011
12:39 pm

Congrats to this hospital and the Blank family foundation. Unfortunately, this will happen less and less once Congress decides to raise taxes on the ‘wealthy’. Be very careful with this wealth envy. There is always someone less fortunate than you that thinks you have too much and wants to take what you’ve earned to give it to those who can’t/won’t work as hard as you. And even if we taxed the top 1% at 100% it would not be enough to run the federal government for 3 months. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

But I digress. Arthur Blank, Bill Gates and achievers like them do help those less fortunate. As we all should aspire to do.

Be humble

April 21st, 2011
12:51 pm

While obviously an incredibly good deed, Arthur can’t do anything anonymously. Just give the money and don’t worry about the name on the building. Why does your foundation require a $30,000,000 office w Italian marble and why must you live on West Paces in a 20,000 square foot house while asking taxpayers to fund a stadium when the city alraedy has one of the best stadiums in the world? There are many anonymous givers in this city who run their money through a back pocket checkbook requiring no office and no name recognition. Be Humble for once in your life please!

Nice Move, but...

April 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

Sorry, but affixing the name of the benefactor (or wife thereof) always seems cheesey to me. It makes it look like one is shouting “Look at me and what a great thing I have done.” Sure, go ahead and reply that the receipient demanded that the name be changed. Great gift and a beautiful gesture, but…

Larry

April 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

Great story about a class guy, one of very few in sports today. Please buy the Thrashers.

phil

April 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Here come the haters! The jealous class envy folks who love Obama! Idiots!

tevako

April 21st, 2011
1:01 pm

Another phony Bologna move by a rich guy trying to stay rich. On the outside he is donating to a hospital, but, really was he going to do anything else? I mean his wife sits on the trustee board another quick tax write off for the Blank family. If only he would donate $3M to the Georgia Dome to make my experience there better.. oh right you won’t do that you want me to pay for that in taxes and then pay you for a ticket to watch the Falcons fold up every year… thanks Art!!

tevako

April 21st, 2011
1:03 pm

It’s not like he donated it directly to the sick kids… the money is going to get pocketed by the rest of the corporate greed that runs large companies and in the end a very small percentage (if any at all) will actually trickle down to something tangible at the hospital.

No Legs Larry

April 21st, 2011
1:06 pm

Great gesture, Mr. Blank. And your wife is smoking. A lot of times the recipient of these type of gifts will ask the donor to go public b/c a name like his carries weight. People will click on a link w/ his name, they will notice a headline, and they will read the article to see why a dude like this cares about an organization. This gives them more publicity, and hopefully, more donors. It also gets other public figures in the charitable mood so they can get headlines, too. Whatever, it’s for a good cause. The CHOA folks could use the money for this Center – most people have no idea how many sad cases they encounter daily.

No Legs Larry

April 21st, 2011
1:12 pm

tevako, you think he should just slip the kids envelopes w/ cash when they come in? Also, you got any idea how charitable donations work? Dont sound like it. Try it sometime and you’ll be surprised at the accountability you can witness if you open up your own pockets enough.

Alana

April 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

Another classy move by the Blanks. All of you who are being critical about the “name on the building” or the fact that it should be “anonymous” are just looking for something to complain about. Look at the big picture, $3 million dollars has been donated to help needy children, why are you still complaining about this man and his family? ARTHUR DOES NOTHING BUT GOOD DEEDS FOR THIS CITY. I have had the pleasure of waiting on Arthur and his family and I can say they are GOOD KIND PEOPLE. Stop criticizing people and get out there and give back to society, and keep your rude, bitter, jealous comments to yourself.

Be humble

April 21st, 2011
1:27 pm

phil,
Arthur is a huge Obama supporter so do your homework. His partner Bernie is the Republican and more desirable of the two founders of HD. Alas, this has nothing to do with politics. Its about trying to show off and poke your chest out vs. just doing something because you think its right

D.H.

April 21st, 2011
1:30 pm

Tevako – He did donate $$$ to the Georgia Dome. Who do you think paid for turning it from a garish circus tent into something that at least resembles the home of the Falcons? They spent that money as a tenant, not an owner, by the way. That doesn’t even take into consideration the money spent turning the team itself into a consistent winner (though a 3 year run is still fairly laughable in the grand scheme). Now if they’ll just fix this flipping lockout…

tevako

April 21st, 2011
1:35 pm

D.H. good point.. he did donate my money to the Georgia Dome.. he renovated it and then raised my season ticket prices dramatically.. again.. way to be generous Art.. every one can see through your schemes.

WAR EAGLE

April 21st, 2011
1:37 pm

I wish Bernie Marcus would buy the Thrashers.
Arthur will not be supporting Ayatollah Obama come 2012.

D.H.

April 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

It wasn’t your money anymore, it was the Falcons’. You willingly chose to give it to them in exchange for a product. If you feel the value exchange is disproportionate, you may choose to stop giving your money to the Falcons; otherwise, it is a fair exchange. That’s the beauty of the free market – you do not have to give your resources to anyone if you choose not to. How they choose to spend it after you turn it over is their business, not yours…

tevako

April 21st, 2011
1:49 pm

Lets get one thing very clear. I am not Jealous (although I will admit I am a bit rude). I have had the “pleasure” of being a long long time Atlanta Falcons fan. I have never in my life (and that includes the Smith family nightmare) been more unimpressed by a person in my entire life. Art will sit up there and say all of the right things, but, at the same time he does not believe what he says. All he does is get you to believe one thing while doing another. He takes absolutely no personal responsibility for decisions he has made (for example his mishandling of the Michael Vick issue)… while being a complete hypocrite. Not that he kills dogs himself, but, he does allow others that have done similar to stay on the team (see Jonathan Babineaux). At the same time he says he never knew anything about this. Even though MV had been doing it for nearly a decade?? He says that he invested in the Georgia Dome so that we can have a better experience. My better experience was a bigger screen and painted seats??? WTF??? And raised ticket prices for it?? All I see is a person that wants what he wants and tries to skirt responsibility whenever possible. I can only hope that he did not run HD in a similar fashion as this. It’s nice that he donates money to hospitals where his wife is on the board of trustees really it is.. but in the end it won’t get used by the hospital. You can say what you want but I do not believe any “system checks” that says don’t worry Art (and everyone) Art’s donations bought us X number of beds.. or a new dialysis machine or something.. you never see that stuff. It would have been a lot better on his part to take that $3M and go around to every person in that hospital and divide it up. That is the only guarantee you have that it actually effects the people it was intended to.

Side Note

April 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

tevako, how much have you donated?

Phil, Oh no you did not

April 21st, 2011
1:55 pm

How can you bring Obama into this when he has not done anything to warrant yo criticism. I guess those of us that did not vote for Bush are idiots too. You on the other had has tunnel vision and a lack of class in your thoughts. I am afraid that you and those like you are in for a big surprise because I believe the president will be reelected and then you can have your fit. As for Mr. Blank, he is a generous man with lots of money and even the new taxes will not break him. Instead of him electing where the money will go, it will be put in a pot with other wealthy citizens and distributed where the need is. Give Obama a break and see if you can get happier. Being mean makes you look ugly.

tevako

April 21st, 2011
1:56 pm

By the way.. I also have the right to like the Falcons without liking Art.. it is possible. I did not say I did not think it was not fair (otherwise you are right I would not buy it). The unfairness is that Art Blank is rich and therefore he does not need to make me pay for things that he can front himself. Art Blank is in the business of the Falcons for one reason only and that is to make himself more money (that he does not need by the way). If Art really wants to be generous how about making that translate to the people that may need or want his charity. As I mentioned in my above post.. there are ways to give back to people.. not make it look like you donated $3M to a hospital and who knows exactly how much of that actually trickles down to the people that actually visit the hospital. He could donate money to fix things and NOT increase my season ticket prices.. that would be charitable.. thank you Art your charitable donation meant that thousands and thousands of people can now enjoy the GA dome rather than try to scrounge money up just to go watch your team (because we enjoy it for crying out loud)!!! Rather than just stay home and be fed up with rising prices for this stuff.. in a down economy.

Oh Please!!!

April 21st, 2011
1:59 pm

Micheal, Give it a break!!!Clowns like you kill me with your Rush-Hannity inspired chorus of wealth envy….Good for Blank if he does this kind of thing..But I gotta ask, If its really about him just being generous from his heart, then Why call a press conference to announce it? and Why do tehy feel the need to plaster her name on eh building??? Sounds like another weak attempt to make up for his small “ego”….

Allyanaz

April 21st, 2011
2:05 pm

To those who criticized the fact that the Blank name will be put on the building – how much did YOU give?

krazy

April 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

I like cinnamon apples.

Oh Please!!!

April 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

<<<<<<<speaking of "clowns".

D.H.

April 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

I didn’t mean to imply you were jealous; I don’t think I really implied anything. What I said was – paraphrasing, of course – we can all spend our cheddar as we choose.

You don’t know the Blanks personally, nor do I, but I have done business with their organizations over the years and found them as genuine as any I’ve ever come across (I can’t say anything about CHOA and their motives as I have no experience with them).

Your Vick argument, IMHO, shows the true reason for your disdain but I’m not going to jump into that pool – frankly, I think WAY too much was made of it (and continues to be) by ALL parties.

There was FAR more to the Dome renovations than “a bigger screen and painted seats” (they were not painted, BTW, all were new), though admittedly a more select group enjoys the bulk of the bells-and-whistles. C’est la vie.

Herb

April 21st, 2011
2:12 pm

Fran Davenport for President!

Christopher

April 21st, 2011
2:21 pm

We’re fortunate to have such an ambassador for our city.

King Arhur

April 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

Falcon 40 yard line ticket per seat per game before blank blank Blank
$46
Same Falcon seat ticket prices per seat per game in 2010
$150
Same Falcon performance not priceless

Bring back the Smiths!

Holden Magroyne

April 21st, 2011
2:47 pm

anything to get your name on a plaque on a wall.

pmuckle

April 21st, 2011
2:48 pm

good investment in the hospital… falcons (run Forrest run!)

stacey

April 21st, 2011
2:52 pm

Stephanie is young. Maybe 40ish…or younger. not sure. I worked with her yrs ago at Home Depot. That is where they met.

Wanda

April 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

Some people are so negative about everything. Must live a miserable life. Who cares if Blank gets publicity. At least he is giving. Probably most of the people on here posting don’t give a dime to charity.

tevako

April 21st, 2011
3:22 pm

I applaud celebrities that are willing to travel to destinations to support what they believe in. I am happy that Art is willing to donate money.. he should he’s rich.. if he doesn’t he will be taxed on it. The tax write off implications alone make it attractive for a person of that financial means to donate. There are many ways to give far more without money. The people that go to kitchens and give homeless people a meal for example. All I am saying is that there are far more profound ways to donate money and help the people directly in need than donate $3M to another business.. that by the way doesn’t need the money either. They get plenty of money from other entities even without Blank they were in no danger of closing. May as well donate to Grady so that it can at least get sent to the local government so THEY can waste it. At least it’s possible that in the future Grady is no longer around. But then again it’s sexy to give to the kids isn’t it Art? Gets a lot of publicity doesn’t it Art? Was it a hard decision Art or did your wife threaten to cut you off (from you know what) if you didn’t donate to her organization? So your net worth can go up a quarter of a percent? Congrats dude!!! But don’t make it look like you are a saint when clearly you are not.

tevako

April 21st, 2011
3:25 pm

I mean Warrick Dunn has far less money than Art and at least he gives HOMES to people that have non. Good work Warrick.. that is far more profound than this.. thank you for your generosity towards people that need it!!!

Kapoonka

April 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

Pure class!!!! Anyone with something negative to say about this really needs to get a life.

Merrie

April 21st, 2011
4:50 pm

Michael in Decatur:

I thought for sure you were going to say that this type of contributing would become less and less because of the Republican plan, both on a state and federal level is to “flatten” the tax rates by the elimination of itemized deductions (charitable and mortgage interest deduction, to a name a couple.) Poor communities and houses of worship all over this country (and the world) support their communities with their riches, and gifts of time.

bmbo

April 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Thank you Mr and Mrs Blank. This is how it should be. Neighbors taking care of their own without Uncle Sugar’s help. Children everywhere are grateful for your kindness.

SheeshLouise

April 21st, 2011
5:39 pm

@Michael in Decatur

STUFF IT, please!!! People like you are the undoing of this country. No amount of taxes will discourage those with good hearts and desire to give to good causes from doing so. I am certain that The Blanks are not giving that money for a STINKIN’ tax writeoff! They are giving it simply because they HAVE it, and they CARE. This is the same reason I give to the same organization. Yes, it on a miniscule level compared to them but it is what I can afford. I don’t care how much my taxes go up. I decided to give, so I will. You could learn something from that. Stop trying to sew seeds of discontent all the time. Sheesh!!!!