AMB West Philanthropies

 

 

AMB West Philanthropies comprises the nonprofit interests of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in the Western United States, which includes West Creek Ranch, AMB West Community Fund, AMB West Conservation, AMB West Basecamp, and AMB West Challenge Course. Through grant-making, convening, advocacy and in-kind services, AMB West Philanthropies promotes positive change in peoples’ lives and builds and enhances the communities in which they live.

AMB West Philanthropies include:

  • Through the associate-led AMB West Community Fund – previously known as the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund – staff at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and West Creek Ranch give back to the communities in which they live and work through grant-making focused on early childhood development, youth empowerment and development, community wellness and youth suicide prevention. Since 2001, The Fund has distributed more than $4.6 million in grants.
  • After purchasing West Creek Ranch in 2017, Arthur Blank has transformed the property into an inspired space being offered to select nonprofit organizations, business partners and associates of The Blank Family of Businesses. The ranch provides the perfect setting for meetings, leadership development, social gatherings, recreation and inspiration.
  • We are committed to conservation in Montana, managing our property and associated businesses in a responsible and sustained manner and being a valued neighbor and community member.
  • AMB West Basecamp and AMB West Challenge Course provide opportunities for guests and nonprofit organizations to use the outdoors and nature to educate, build trust and create connections.

The 2019 AMB West Community Fund priorities include:

  • Early Childhood Development: The Fund will award grants to organizations providing children up to five years old with quality opportunities that will prepare them for successful lifelong development. The Fund is especially interested in projects that promote healthy parent-child relationships, as well as social and emotional skills among parents and children.
  • Youth Empowerment and Development: The Fund seeks creative nonprofit efforts to improve youth development and nurture young leaders, especially programs that empower youth and cultivate young stewards of land and wildlife through education, physical activity, wilderness experience and outdoor adventure.
  • Happiness and Health Through Wellness: Recognizing that lifestyle changes can yield dramatic positive results for the mind and body, The Fund will consider proposals integrating wellness programs in a variety of settings, including but not limited to mental health services, juvenile justice services, schools and family counseling. Some approaches may include practices such as yoga, meditation, outdoor recreation and nutritional education.
  • Youth Suicide Prevention: Montana has the highest suicide rate of any state in the U.S., and Park County has the fourth highest rate among Montana counties. For that reason, The Fund seeks proposals for programmatic or policy innovations that will contribute to a sustained, long-term reduction in youth suicide in Park County.

To apply for a grant, please read through the grant guidelines and follow the provided links here.

2017 Grant Recipients

 

Stories of Impact

The Fund continues to take pride in supporting organizations that promote positive change in people’s lives and improve the quality of life for residents in Park and Gallatin Counties. View some of their stories here.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Fund is an affiliate of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The foundation invests in education, parks and greenspace, youth development, community redevelopment, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, PGA Tour Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, and West Creek Ranch. Mr. Blank, chairman of the foundation, co-founded the Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted nearly $340 million to various charitable organizations.