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2019 Year in Review: Charitable Giving

July 27, 2020

We’ve increased our charitable giving by 88 percent since we started reporting in 2013. In 2019, we donated $375,309 to various causes (not including pro-bono work), a level consistent with our 2018 giving. Our contributions include direct donations to charities, participation in events that raise philanthropic funds, and pro bono services that provide our expertise for free to nonprofit organizations.


We give to many worthwhile causes, but typically focus our support on three areas: youth education and scholarships for college students, climate-change mitigation through carbon offsets and sponsorship of the Carbon Leadership Forum, and carefully selected charities that apply architecture or engineering to help disadvantaged people or assist communities where our people live and work. In 2019, we supported Bridges to Prosperity, Habitat for Humanity, the Global Orphan Project, the American Red Cross, the Chinese Christian Herald Crusades; and many other local organizations.

We continued to support our legacy areas of philanthropy in 2019, with nearly one-third of our total giving supporting the education of the next generation of AEC professionals. We donate every year – about 20 percent of our philanthropic dollars – to the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) organization that sponsors grants, fellowships and scholarships and distributes funds to a variety of AEC-related nonprofits. The balance is made up by our funding for the ACE Mentor Program and the Salvadori Center.

Another major area of charitable giving – 18 percent – is our sponsorship of Bridges to Prosperity. The nonprofit organization works with isolated communities to create access to essential healthcare, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. As part of our TT Gives Back program, our support includes annual sponsorship of a bridge project and the contribution of volunteer time for its construction.