Blair’s Day of Giving

On April 6, 2017, Blair alumni, parents, past parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of Blair Academy shared their love of Blair by making 681 donations to the Blair Fund, raising more than $200,000 during a 24-hour period for Blair's second annual Day of Giving. This day also marked the 169th anniversary of the School's founding. Total gifts and dollars raised exceeded Blair's goal of 676 gifts (one for every member of the Blair community). To read more, click here.

What is Founders' Day?

On April 6, 1848, Blair Academy was founded thanks to the financial support and guidance of railroad tycoon John I. Blair, carriage maker John Bunnell and the Rev. John A. Reiley, minister of Blairstown’s First Presbyterian Church. Philanthropy built Blair Academy in 1848 and has continued to strengthen and enhance the School ever since. We will again celebrate our heritage and future on Founders’ Day, April 6, 2017, on the School's second Day of Giving.

How Philanthropy Leads to Progress

Over the past 169 years, Blair Academy has evolved, of course, but many aspects of the “Blair experience” have remained constant, including the School’s commitment to superior academic preparation and relationship-based learning. This foundation, made possible by the generous philanthropic support of alumni, parents and friends across the United States and around the world, has given thousands of students extraordinary and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities. 

Why Participate in Blair’s Day of Giving?

Every gift to Blair Academy touches a life, making dreams come true–from providing state-of-the-art supplements to classroom learning to funding service trips that increase a student’s exposure to countries and cultures throughout the world. Help us reach our goal of 676 gifts: one gift for every member of Blair's community.

Tell Your Story

Our alumni, parents and friends give back to and stay involved with Blair for a variety of reasons. We want to hear yours; please share your Blair story with us by clicking here


If you have questions about Blair's inaugural Day of Giving, please contact Cara Mohlmann, director of advancement, or Colleen Smarth, assistant director of annual giving. They can also be reached by calling (908) 362-6121, at extensions 5628 and 5684, respectively.