In 1979, as he approached retirement as the Chairman of the Board of Universal Instruments Corporation, J. Donald Ahearn, and wife Irma, thought that it was time to give something back to the community of Binghamton and Broome County. A community in which they were raised and, in turn, they had raised their family.

Prior to that time, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Instruments, he had encouraged the development of a charitable Foundation at the company. Upon his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Ahearn decided to continue their philanthropic interest in the community, in part by establishing a family foundation. The Ahearn Foundation is the legacy that J. Donald and Irma M. Ahearn have established for the community that they so loved.


Lourdes Hospital Foundation
Seton High School
Meals on Wheels
Roberson Museum and Science Ctr
Summer Savoyards
Binghamton Zoo
Binghamton Tennis Charity
Greek Peak Ski Patrol
Post 80 American Legion
Ancient Order of Hibernians