Blank Family Announces $3 Million Gift to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Child Protection Center to be named The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children

ATLANTA — April 21, 2011— Arthur M. Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, announced a $3 million gift through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to honor his wife Stephanie Blank’s support of the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and her service on the Children’s Foundation Board of Trustees.  The Child Protection 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," said Stephanie V. Blank, Children's Trustee. "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."

Recognized at a state and national level as a child advocacy center for child abuse and neglect, The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children promotes the safety and well-being of children through community advocacy and the identification, assessment and prevention of child abuse. The center provides services in a safe, child-friendly environment by a team of professionals with extensive pediatric experience.

“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,” said Blank, who chairs The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “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.”

"I can think of no better way for Stephanie’s family to honor her and her personal advocacy on behalf of all of Georgia's children," added Douglas J. Hertz, Chairman, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Board of Trustees.  "Stephanie's continuing service to Children's and her passion for the well being of all children in our community are invaluable.  She is truly deserving of this recognition."

“Every 15 minutes in Georgia there is a new confirmed victim of child abuse or neglect.  It’s estimated that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday,” said Jordan Greenbaum, M.D., medical director of The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. “Children’s is elated that Mrs. Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation have taken the lead to help our efforts to provide high quality services to victimized children.”

Blank family members also shared plans for two additional grants during a tour of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The Family Foundation is donating $150,000 to create a transition patient room in The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center. Designed to resemble the home environment, the room will be used by families close to discharge who need time in a less clinical setting to ensure they are prepared to care for their children once they return home.   A third grant will enable Children’s to purchase a GlideScope Video Laryngoscope, used for very difficult pediatric intubations. The scope has a small camera to help guide the caregiver by projecting a close-up picture of even the smallest of airways, increasing the chance of a successful intubation and decreasing stress on child and family.

The foundation’s recently announced grants follow a prior $5 million commitment to One to Grow On: The Campaign for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in support of child protection, government affairs and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.  

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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation: Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in people's lives and builds and enhances the communities in which they live. The Foundation has an especially strong interest in supporting innovative endeavors leading to better circumstances for low-income youth and their families. The Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations strengthening education, preserving green space, sustaining the arts and sparking collaboration among community partners.

Tags: General News, Foundation, Major gifts, Corporate giving, Social Work
Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011