Give to Blair

Blair Academy has a strong history of financial support from alumni, parents and friends. It is because of generous donations over many generations that we are the School we are today.

There are many reasons why people support Blair. There are also many ways donors choose to give. Gifts to the Blair Fund, gifts to support the endowment and capital projects, and planned gifts all play an important role in supporting Blair today. This section of the website describes these programs and tells how you can make a difference.

The Blair Fund

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Benefit to Students:

The Blair Fund strengthens learning opportunities for today’s students. Extracurricular programs, faculty professional development, service and leadership opportunities, and scholarship aid are among the everyday, critical needs supported by the Blair Fund.

Financial Objective:

$2.5 million by June 30, 2016

Center for Innovation & Collaboration

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Benefit to Students: 

The School’s first new academic building since 1989, Blair’s Center for Innovation & Collaboration will house enhanced technology, fine art and media classrooms, as well as a laboratory/workshop “maker space.” With flexible common areas configurable for both large group and small, team-centered project work, the building will provide optimal venues for cooperative learning and engagement with real-world issues. Construction will positively impact disciplines across Blair’s curriculum, as mathematics and science will further gain much-needed space in Weber and Bogle Halls.

Financial Objective:

$5 million in gifts or pledges by June 30, 2016

Blair LEADS

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Benefit to Students:

Blair LEADS (Leadership, Engagement, Awareness, Decision-making, Service) is a signature leadership education initiative designed to teach students to become globally engaged citizens. Cross-curricular coursework in effective communication, ethical decision-making and meaningful public service instills leadership skills at every grade level.

Financial Objective:

$3 million to endow this program

Global Service Initiatives

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Benefit to Students:

Blair encourages students to interact with people of other cultures and countries through meaningful service opportunities. Students gain transformative life experience as they apply classroom lessons to real-world situations and challenges.

Financial Objective:

Our goal is to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in service travel during their time at Blair.

Endowed Scholarships

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Benefit to Students:

The Blair community is immeasurably enriched by students of diverse backgrounds who are able to attend the School with the assistance of scholarship aid. Competitive awards are given to qualified students truly deserving of financial assistance.

Financial Objective:

A named, endowed scholarship can be established with a gift of $100,000. This year, Blair’s 116 named scholarships and four scholars programs, combined with general support from the endowment and the Blair Fund, provided over $6 million in scholarship aid to 38 percent of the student body.

General Endowment

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Benefit to Students:

We invest unrestricted endowment gifts in our most valuable resources—our teachers, students and campus. These funds allow us to better compensate our outstanding faculty, increase student scholarship aid, and maintain our historic buildings and beautiful grounds.

Financial Objective:

Our goal is to grow our $88-million endowment to over $100 million, so we can become less reliant on tuition for general operating expenses and better secure the School’s financial future.