A gift, regardless of amount, is not just a contribution to Blackburn, but it honors our tradition of providing an affordable education with immeasurable student outcomes. Each gift enhances our nationally-recognized Work Program, funds our sustainability efforts and academic opportunity, and, together, helps secure an engaging academic experience for countless current and future students.

Your gifts of time and treasure make Blackburn’s transformational education possible for the next generation of leaders, problem solvers, and creative thinkers. Your generosity provides the resources we need to take advantage of new opportunities and continue to position Blackburn College as a truly unique leader in higher education. Help us continue to build momentum at Blackburn and turn a student’s next four years into a four-year head start.

Philanthropic Highlights for 2021


Total Cash Received


Over $1M in Scholarship Gifts

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Volunteering is a meaningful way for alumni to make a lasting impact. Whether it's advising students, boosting arts and sports, or helping the campus community, there are many opportunities for you to get involved.

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Financial Assistance for Blackburn Students in need

Benevolent Beaver Fund

The Benevolent Beaver program exists because there is always a need—the need for assistance, yes, but also the need for care and compassion; this is what gifts to the Benevolent Beaver Fund provide. It’s hard to concentrate on being a student when unexpected expenses occur, but this program helps to bridge that gap.

Benevolent Beaver Fund dollars do more than provide financial resources; these gifts give Blackburn students a peace of mind that is, in fact, priceless. The fund lets our students know that alumni have been in their shoes and believe in them enough to want to help. This particular support at this particular time in their lives shows them that there are indeed heroes in this world.

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Blackburn student Miriam Wali-Uddin poses with her MLK Student Leadership Certificate between Dr. Leon Chestang (Blackburn alumnus and MLK Convocation Keynote Speaker) and Dr. Margaret Lawler (Executive Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion)
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Senior Montreal Thomas was "tapped" as the new Student Marshal before his peers during Blackburn's All College Convocation signifying the beginning of a new academic year. Thomas is pictured with President Mark Biermann (left) and Al Sturgeon, Dean of Students and Head Cross Country Coach (right).
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Blackburn Adds Men’s and Women’s Track Athletic Programs for the 2022-2023 Season Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
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