Corporate Social Responsibility & Charitable Giving

At the American Institutes for Research® (AIR), we are driven by a shared purpose of building a better, more equitable world. From tackling intractable social challenges through the AIR Equity Initiative, to volunteering in our local communities, all of us are part of a global team contributing to positive social change. 

Global Progress, Rooted in Communities

We unlock pathways for opportunity in communities where AIR staff live and work worldwide.

Giving@AIR is a cornerstone of AIR culture, where:

  • Stepping out of our comfort zones into communities where we can make a difference is valued and celebrated.
  • Our evidence and expertise are shared with charitable organizations that can use them to make a difference.
  • All staff can learn from and connect with the people and places at the root of our mission toward building a better, more equitable world.
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Partnerships for Progress

We partner with nonprofits growing resilience in communities where we live and work. Along with financial support, we forge relationships with the people and organizations at the root of our mission through learning, advocacy, and volunteerism.

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AIR Champions for Change

AIR’s Champions for Change staff volunteerism program recognizes AIR employees who have demonstrated significant commitments to making a difference in their communities through their time, skills, and expertise.

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Humanitarian Response

In times of crisis, we respond with compassion to urgent humanitarian needs. We partner with organizations that offer safety, stability, and opportunity to support those affected in rebuilding their lives.

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AIR-Wide Opportunities and Events

AIR hosts events and activities for our globally dispersed staff to take part in directing our charitable funds and nurture a sense of belonging in our community of giving, learning, and action.

Stories of Service

  • For Global Volunteer Month 2024, AIR's Champions for Change reflected on how getting involved in our communities can provide new lenses through which we view our work, our world, and our ability to make a difference.
  • AIR was named a finalist in the employee engagement campaign category of Ragan Communications’ 2023 CSR and Diversity Awards. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the efforts of global organizations and companies working to create a more equitable and sustainable world. Read the announcement.
  • AIR staff celebrated Giving Tuesday by nominating and voting on their favorite U.S. and internationally based charities that are "making a world of difference." Read the announcement.
  • AIR’s Megan Eccleston launched Find the Helpers and built a “mask empire” for the COVID-19 response. Learn how


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Photo: Norwegian Refugee Council



The Norwegian Refugee Council is proud to partner with the American Institutes for Research in support of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide. AIR’s generous support has enabled NRC to advance its work helping people forced to flee. NRC works in crises across more than 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

- Annicken Saxlund, Global Corporate Relations Director, Norwegian Refugee Council


Living the AIR Values

Charitable giving is one of the many ways AIR brings our values to life. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; discover our employee resource groups, which drive visibility and action around important social issues; and follow us on social media for the latest stories of AIR’s charitable giving and community service.  

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Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

In the past year, we supported the following organizations through Giving@AIR initiatives:

  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Mississippi Food Network
  • SisterMentors
  • Team Rubicon
  • Taller Salud
  • She’s the First
  • GirlForward
  • Black Women's Health Imperative
  • Meals on Wheels America
  • The Hunger Project
  • First Nations Development Institute
  • Women for Women International
  • Heartland Alliance International
  • Coalition for Juvenile Justice