American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation® (AAA-ICDR Foundation®) was established in 2015 with the purpose to fund critical projects, domestically and internationally. This effort fills important needs in the ADR community by expanding the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), improving the process, increasing access to ADR for those who cannot afford it, and sharing knowledge across different cultures. Learn more in the Foundation’s 2021 Annual Report.

The Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization from the AAA and is able to solicit donations and provide grants to fund a range of worthy causes that promote the Foundation’s wide-reaching mission. 

The Foundation is not involved in any way in the oversight, administration or decision making of the AAA-ICDR cases or in the maintenance of the AAA-ICDR's various rosters of arbitrators and mediators.

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

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.  

Priorities
Prevent and 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, and Inclusion with a focus on access to justice. 
 

Who We Are

The AAA-ICDR Foundation is comprised of the Board of Directors listed below. Additional background information can be found by clicking on each name: