About Us

About Us

About Us

In 2015, the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation® (AAA-ICDR Foundation®) was established by the American Arbitration Association® to fund projects that promote conflict resolution and prevention in communities across the country and around the world.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with primary funding from the AAA® and its Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators. Its mission aligns with the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (AAA-ICDR®) which, for nearly a century, has dedicated itself to promoting and improving approaches to alternative dispute resolution.


The AAA-ICDR Foundation would not exist without the generous support of the American Arbitration Association and members of its Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, which together have provided over $11 million in monetary and in-kind contributions.

Our Mission

To support the prevention and resolution of conflicts by expanding access to alternative dispute resolution.

Our Values

ACCESS

We aim to eliminate barriers to and expand the use of alternative dispute resolution to help marginalized and underserved groups’ access justice.

COMMUNITY

We emphasize collaborative and community approaches to dispute resolution. Resolution begins at a local level.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

We are committed to funding conflict prevention and management for people from diverse national, social, or cultural groups and to inclusive leadership development in the field.

PROGRESS

We support research and increasing resources, education, and the use of alternative dispute resolution that is tailored to the conflict.

Our Priorities

PREVENT & REDUCE VIOLENCE

with a focus on vulnerable and underserved communities and police/social service partnerships

BRIDGE COMMUNITY CONFLICT

with a focus on civil discourse seeking to mend societal divisions

SUPPORT DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

with a focus on access to justice