The Blank Family Foundation was formed in 1943 as a way in which to contribute to and help strengthen the South Florida community. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Mount Sinai Hospital were both conceived in family patriarch, Sam Blank’s, living room. He achieved success soon after his arrival in 1925 and believed strongly in being a part of the development of the City of Miami. His son, Jerry Blank, followed in the family tradition of “Tzedakah,” or “giving back.” He and his sister Rose added to The Blank Family Foundation. Andy Blank, current President of the Blank Family Foundation, and Jerry’s son represents the third generation of the Blank family to carry on the legacy. Over the years, the Blank Family Foundation has expanded its reach beyond the South Florida area to include other communities in the continental U.S. where they have interests.
The primary mission of The Blank Family Foundation is to provide support to organizations that add to the overall growth and development of communities where the Trustees live and work, and to assist with supporting those most in need.
Contributions are made to various organizations based on the interests of the Trustees.
The Blank Family Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable, private, family foundation, with a primary focus on funding Jewish-related organizations. Their primary interest is the social-welfare-health arena, and the commitment is to fund organizations which serve a broad constituency of those most in need.
The Board meets several times a year and reviews recommendations for charitable donations that are brought to them for review by one of the Trustees or their Consultant. This Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests. Contributions are made to pre-determined, pre-selected organizations.
Contributions are generally distributed at the end of each year, following the final Board meeting.