The Blair Foundation
The 2008 recession inspired Ryan to feed one million children through his health and wellness company Visalus. That was the catalyst for Ryan’s philanthropic journey over the past decade where he has contributed to over 100 charities and fed eight million people.
“My goal is to take our society’s liabilities and turn them into assets. To see the young men and women who had lost hope, now have hope again, brought a smile to my soul.” – Blair.
Ryan created the Blair Foundation, a nonprofit that donates to programs in support of at-risk kids and families. “I created the Blair Foundation as my vehicle to give 90 percent of my assets away within 10 years of my death. We are specifically focused on causes that teach entrepreneurship to single mothers and at-risk youth,” says Blair.
Through the Blair Foundation, Ryan works closely with Urban Born, a foundation that helps at-risk youth and teens by promoting education and healthy living without drugs or gangs. He donated to support ex-gang members like himself. “They got together and presented me with a letter, thanking me for how my gift had given them a chance at life they thought was not possible,” says Ryan.
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