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 Five Year 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 Statement

The AAA-ICDR Foundation supports the use and improvement of dispute resolution processes in the USA and internationally, including:

  • Fostering measures that reduce potential escalation, manage, and resolve conflicts.
  • Expanding the use of dispute resolution processes tailored to the conflict.
  • Supporting research, education, and initiatives promoting high quality, efficient, and fair dispute resolution.
  • Increasing access to justice in and through alternative dispute resolution.
  • Encouraging collaborative processes to resolve public conflicts.
  • Sharing expertise across diverse groups and cultures.
  • Partnering with others dedicated to advancing the Foundation’s mission.

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: