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John Bare, Ph.D.

John Bare is vice president of programs at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta. John is a photographer and the author of numerous articles and book chapters and has contributed to Foundation Review, Food Tank, CNN.com and other publications. He serves as co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Childhood Obesity and is an executive-in-residence at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. In 2016, John was part of an Open Road Alliance Task Force that produced a risk management toolkit for philanthropy. John holds a Ph.D. in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina and worked previously as a journalist and media consultant.

John joined the Blank Family Foundation in 2004 and directs the giving programs affiliated with the Blank Family of Businesses, including:

  • The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
  • The Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
  • The PGA TOUR Superstore
  • Atlanta United FC

As part of AFYF’s childhood obesity initiative, John designed and launched the Falcons Fitness Zone campaign in 2005, which targets youth in certain high-need neighborhoods. Innovations from this initiative have been adopted statewide and by the NFL’s Play 60 campaign and taken to scale in Georgia as part of the Governor’s SHAPE initiative. As a result, Georgia adopted a statewide fitness testing program for more than 1 million students.

John established and manages the Blank Family Foundation’s Speaker Series initiative, which produces events to spark civic action on issues about which Foundation trustees are most passionate. John directs the Foundation’s strategic communications and social activation efforts and oversees the grants management functions.

Past Endeavors

    • As director of evaluation and planning at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (1997-2004), John created an indicators project to track more than 100 quality-of-life measures across 26 communities.


    • In his journalism work, John directed the largest-ever study of training and professional development for U.S. journalists and created the Future of the First Amendment research project, which examined knowledge and attitudes of more than 100,000 students, nearly 8,000 teachers and 500 administrators and principals at U.S. high schools.


    • In the arts, John directed one of the largest discipline-specific arts consumer studies ever undertaken. The findings, published in the 2002 book, Classical Music Segmentation Study, established a new way to assess symphony orchestra participation.


    • John has taught college courses and executive education programs on evaluation and philanthropy’s role in social change.


    • John is a past member of Emory University’s Board of Visitors.


    • John has published numerous book chapters and articles on topics ranging from international journalism training to symphony orchestra audiences to risk management.


    • Prior to his work in philanthropy, John’s doctoral research broke new ground in the newspaper industry’s understanding of reporters’ views of the communities they cover.


John was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and attended public schools in Garner, N.C., where his parents were educators. He is married to Elizabeth Ross Warren of Concord, N.C.

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