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Philanthropic Priorities

Blair Academy has a robust history of financial support from alumni, parents and friends. Generous contributions over many generations have strengthened the School and helped make Blair the outstanding educational institution it is today.

Donors support Blair for many reasons and in many ways. We invite you to learn about the School’s philanthropic priorities, each of which helps to sustain the unique student experience that makes a Blair education a lifelong gift.

My family deeply appreciated the financial aid that made it possible for me to attend Blair. I found a safe haven here and a community where I could grow and thrive; I continue to appreciate the fellowship of the School community and many lasting friendships. Blair changed my life, and I give so that other students like me can live their dreams.

Singleton Cox '90, Blair Trustee

The Blair Fund

Mr. Browse

Benefit to Students:

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

Financial Objective:

Our goal is to secure $2.7 million by June 30, 2019. In addition to the unrestricted gifts that are so vital to the School’s operation, Blair Fund contributions may also be made to sponsor specific, current program needs, such as individual Society of Skeptics lectures, issues of the Blair Bulletin, athletic team equipment or a theatrical production. All Blair Fund gifts enhance the Blair experience for today’s students.

Forward Thinking Campaign

Chiang Center

Benefit to Students:

As Blair continues to integrate even more collaborative and project-based work into its curriculum, the School launched “Forward Thinking: A Campaign for Innovation and Collaborative Learning.” The academics-focused campaign supports three building and renovation projects that are amplifying learning, fostering deeper relationships across campus and enhancing the Blair experience for all students.

Construction on the third and final phase of the campaign is underway and a three-story, 8,000-square-foot addition to Bogle Hall is scheduled to open in fall 2019. Plans also include renovating the building’s existing science classrooms and laboratories, work that should be completed by spring 2020. 

The first two phases of the campaign concluded in fall 2017 when Blair opened the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, as well as the newly renovated Weber Hall, which is now home to the mathematics department. 

Financial Objective:

$19 million in gifts or pledges.

Endowed Scholarships

Orchestra

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 117 named scholarships and four scholars programs, combined with general support from the endowment and the Blair Fund, provided over $6.8 million in scholarship aid to nearly 40 percent of the student body.

General Endowment

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 $102-million endowment to over $150 million, so we can become less reliant on tuition for general operating expenses and better secure the School’s financial future.

Athletic Endowments

Girls' Crew

Benefit to students:

Individual team endowments offer all students the opportunity to participate in athletic training trips, programs and events, regardless of financial ability. Head coaches allocate funds according to the needs of each team with the overall goal of improving the Blair athletic experience for each and every athlete.

Financial Objective:

Over the next several years, our goal is to establish endowments exceeding $100,000 for each of Blair’s 28 varsity athletic teams.