CareerRise Receives Transformational $6.2 Million Grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for Westside Works


Transformative Grant Fuels CareerRise’s Mission for Economic Mobility through Westside Works

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – CareerRise is thrilled to announce a monumental milestone in its mission to advance economic mobility and regional prosperity. The organization has been awarded a generous grant of $6.2 million by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to support their management of Westside Works, a community-based workforce development and job training collaborative. Westside Works provides essential career services to residents in Westside neighborhoods and Metro Atlanta which aligns seamlessly with the foundation’s Westside financial inclusion strategy.

This substantial grant underscores The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s dedication to fostering economic mobility and inclusivity within Atlanta’s vibrant communities. Through the Westside Works collaborative, CareerRise has been at the forefront of facilitating critically needed workforce development programs and services that empower individuals and contribute significantly to the overall economic growth and prosperity of the Westside community.

Under CareerRise’s management, Westside Works has become a beacon of hope for residents seeking to enhance their skills, secure sustainable employment, and achieve financial independence. This grant will provide vital resources to bolster the infrastructure, expand partnerships, and further enhance services to solidify Westside Works as a model of excellence in community-based training and workforce development.

John Helton, the President and CEO of CareerRise, expressed his deep appreciation to The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation for their visionary support. He emphasized that this investment will help ensure equitable access to workforce development opportunities for residents, reflecting the foundation’s commitment to Westside residents. This investment also reflects their unwavering dedication to creating positive change in the community.

The $6.2 million grant is a testament to the shared vision between CareerRise and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, highlighting their joint commitment to building a more inclusive and prosperous future for Atlanta’s Westside.

About CareerRise, Inc.
CareerRise, Inc. is a workforce intermediary strategically connecting the dots between employers, training providers, support services, job seekers and workforce funders to build partnerships and implement equitable workforce strategies in metro Atlanta.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is a philanthropy founded to help transform lives and communities by uniting people across differences to find common causes. The Foundation’s collective giving areas are Atlanta’s Westside, Democracy, Environment, Mental Health and Well-Being, and Youth Development. In addition to the priority areas of giving, the foundation oversees a large portfolio of grants, including support of essential Atlanta nonprofit institutions and enduring founder-led initiatives.
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