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.


Roberson Memorial
Binghamton Philharmonic
Tri-Cities Opera
Kopernik Observatory
Davis College
Boys and Girls Club - Endicott
Arrowhead Bible Camp
Harpursville Fire Department
Our Space - Recreation Park
Cornell Cooperative
Muscular Dystrophy