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Arthur Blank Foundation donates nearly $5.4 million in response to coronavirus pandemic

The foundation will donate nearly $5.4 million for relief efforts in response to the outbreak

Atlanta Falcons' Arthur Blank walks the field before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation will donate nearly $5.4 million in funding for immediate and long-term recovery assistance to organizations providing support in Georgia and Montana in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the foundation announced on Friday. 

The foundation will grant $5 million in Atlanta to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. It is focused on serving the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations facing a gap in support. Funds will be sent to non-profit organizations that address food insecurity, housing stability, medical support and childcare, among other needs. 

An additional $100,000 will go to Hands On Atlanta and another $100,000 will go to the Atlanta Police Foundation. 

Arthur Blank is the owner of Atlanta United FC and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He is also the chairman of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation. 

“As a family foundation we have always believed that it is the power of many that will make the greatest impact on the most pressing issues in our society,” Blank said in a statement. “This is that moment — to join together to truly harness the power of all of us to address a challenge that knows no boundaries and has no precedent in our lifetimes.”

The foundation is also giving $50,000 to Hopa Mountain in Montana to help the immediate needs of the Native American and Latino communities. It will provide an additional $50,000 to aid winter care centers for the homeless that are closing early because of COVID-19, the name of the disease, among other donations in Montana.

COVID-19 has brought the sports world to a grinding halt. 

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday it is extending the temporary suspension of the season until at least May 10 after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention set new guidelines advising against mass gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. 

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