The Blair Area Community Foundation was founded in 1998 through the efforts of Mick and Katie Mines. The first gifts were presented to the Blair Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
Since that time more than 70 Washington County charitable organizations have benefited from donations and grants through the Foundation.
In 2001 the Foundation established its community grant program, using its un-designated gifts to benefit organizations throughout the county. Eligible organizations go through an application and review process to determine final recipients. Since its beginning, the grant program has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthy projects.
In 2004 an estate gift from a longtime Blair resident, Elsie Curley, enabled the Foundation to establish a permanent Endowment Fund.