FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Overview

 

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii) is a 21st Century virtual nonprofit. Aii leverages the expertise and experience from a wide array of industries and professions in major cities across the country. Aii strives for efficiency to prevent waste on expensive overhead. Through our online content and public events, Aii streamlines its process to bring the best educational content and research to the public from its team of military veterans, construction experts, public policy analysts, lawyers, and professors.

We work to educate industry leaders, policymakers, and the general public and share information between them to advance infrastructure solutions through best practices, law, regulation, and public awareness. 

What is a virtual nonprofit?

Aii has personnel across the country, and advisors and networks across the globe. We leverage the power of the Internet and cutting edge communication and connectivity to research, collaborate, and educate across the country. Being virtual means we do not waste resources on brick and mortar offices, overhead, and unnecessary expenses. Our donations are efficiently applied to programatic uses on deliverable work products and meaningful research. While our primary presence is virtual at Aii.org, we are real people with a dedicated staff, board of directors, and advisory council. We also frequently host and attend lectures, panels, conferences, networking events, and more.


Is Aii a think tank?

Yes. The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure is a unique virtual nonprofit. It is made up of two nonprofit organizations which together form the Alliance. We do not sit in stuffy offices wasting resources or doing redundant research. Our mission is to provide research on important questions, insight on public policy solutions, and education to bring the challenges and solutions to wide audiences. Call us a think tank, non-profit, NGO, or educational organization.


Is Aii a lobbying firm?

No, Aii is not a lobbying firm. We conduct research, analysis, and communication on pressing public policy matters and offer them to media, academia, and anyone interested in the topic. Education is an important part of what we do. While we do seek to educate policy makers and professionals, we do this through traditional means by writing white papers, policy briefs, and blogs and by hosting or attending lectures, panels, and conferences. We simply provide the best information possible to individuals at every level, in office or not. Aii also includes a 501(c)(4) registered entity. Through this group, Aii is permitted to promote sound policies to public officials. This issue advocacy remains nonpartisan and independent, highlighting innovative solutions to particular infrastructure challenges.


Is Aii an industry, interest, or trade group?

No. Aii does not represent any industry, nor does it have members or function as an association. The “Alliance” is made up of two nonprofits, each geared toward independent and nonpartisan research and education on innovation and infrastructure matters. We are an independent third-party validator of innovative solutions wherever they occur. Our alignment with industries like rail, trucking, pipeline, and many others occurs in the context of promoting a best practice, innovative technological advancement, or smart regulation for public safety and economic efficiency.


Who makes up the Alliance?

Aii is a nonpartisan nonprofit educational and research organization. The Alliance is made up of two nonprofits: The National Infrastructure Safety Foundation (NISF), a 501(c)(4) and The Public Institute for Facility Safety (PIFS), a 501(c)(3). Each of these is governed by separate boards of directors. A volunteer Advisory Council assists the Alliance as a whole by providing decades of experience and insight. While two groups comprise the Alliance, Aii serves as one voice dedicated to identifying public policy challenges, researching solutions, and promoting innovation. Aii seeks to provide the public, policy makers, and industry leaders with the best educational material to understand the critical issues facing our nation and to improve safety, security, and best practices.


What exactly does Aii do?

We educate to promote safety. Aii primarily conducts research to bring complex problems to the public in a readable format. Our analysts, researchers, and experts produce white papers, policy briefs, OpEds, and blog content for readers at every level. Aii members frequently host or attend lectures, panels, and conferences to present our work or contribute to the conversation. Aii also strives to bring information in dynamic ways through multimedia and social platforms, answering your questions and presenting data in different ways. In short, we educate the public on public policy issues related to transportation, infrastructure, energy, technology, innovation, and more. Think of us as a research nonprofit, an educational organization, or a think tank, but we are here for you to get you up to speed and help you understand the world around you.

We want to be part of the solution and that means listening to, and asking, others about their views. We make informed and unbiased policy choices. Sometimes we have great ideas, but we also listen to others.


What issues does Aii care about?

Aii exists to identify challenges and solutions in energy, infrastructure, transportation, and a range of other policy areas. We educate to promote safety and innovation. We care about clean, abundant, and reliable energy, and transporting it safely to provide low-cost and effective access for Americans. We strive to promote best practices for damage prevention, to improve public safety and economic vitality by reducing excavation incidents. We encourage innovative solutions for maintaining our crumbling roads and bridges, transporting people, products, and energy resources, thwarting flood damage, and expediting technological advancements. We focus on all aspects of public policy from the underlying technical issues to the regulatory framework and more, encourage informed debate on best practices and ideal legislation, regulation, and industry action.


Who is your audience?

The Aii audience ranges from students and teachers to professionals and public officials. We provide a wide array of content from short policy blogs to more technical papers. We hope to educate and bring awareness of infrastructure, energy, and technological innovation to academia, media, and policy makers. We reach our audience primarily through Aii.org, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and contributions In The Media, as well as on various podcasts, news interviews, panels, lectures, and conferences.


Does Aii have an angle?

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure is a nonpartisan nonprofit. Our Advisory Council is evenly divided on party lines and our Board of Directors includes military, policy, legal, and other experts from diverse backgrounds. We research and educate on critical topics regardless of political expediency or public opinion. We seek to provide honest in-depth research into complex problems and articulate the challenges and solutions that are proven to work. We also encourage robust research, development, and innovation to confront the issues of the future. We do promote best practices, innovation, and regulatory reform where applicable.

We want to be part of the solution and that means listening to, and asking, others about their views. We make informed and unbiased policy choices. Sometimes we have great ideas, but we also listen to others. As a non-partisan, non-industry specific third-party validator, Aii learns about the best ideas and credibly promotes smarter policies and regulations while highlighting safety initiatives and investments in innovative technologies across industries.


Are my donations tax deductible?

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure comprises two nonprofits: The National Infrastructure Safety Foundation (NISF), a 501(c)(4) and The Public Institute for Facility Safety (PIFS), a 501(c)(3). Your contributions to PIFS are fully tax-deductible. If you would like to donate to NISF 501 (c)(4), or are an institutional donor, please contact us directly.


Why donate?

As a nonprofit, Aii relies on generous donations from individuals, groups, and institutions. Without these contributions, we would be unable to research and educate on the nation’s critical infrastructure and energy challenges and solutions. Infrastructure is deficient in many places across the country and these and many of the problems seem to be impossible to solve. Aii accepts this challenge and works with a network of policy and industry professionals to research, create, and articulate solutions. With your support, we can improve public safety, economic growth, and sustainability.

You also help us encourage the next generation of innovators and educate the public and industry and policy leaders through out Virtual Classroom!


Who are your donors?

Our donors are you! We receive support from individuals and organizations. Our grassroots support comes through small donations at aii.org/donate and citizens concerned about our nation’s infrastructure and our educational mission.

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure complies with all federal laws governing 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4). We release annual financial disclosures available at the IRS website. We are nonpartisan and unaffiliated with the government or any administration. We do not receive federal or taxpayer funding. As a donor, your privacy is paramount. We do not release names or information about our donors without prior consent or legal requirement. Whether you are an individual or an institution, your donation helps us bring awareness of critical challenges and solutions facing our national infrastructure. For more information on donating or to find answers about our governance, nonprofit status, or donation information, please contact us at info@aii.org.


What does Aii do with donations?

We put our donations to work in the most efficient way possible. As a virtual nonprofit, we are dedicated to preventing wasteful spending on unnecessary overhead and expenditures. Your donations help us to research complex issues, meet with policy and industry experts, and communicate them to the public. We host and attend lectures, panels, and conferences to bring our research and experts to more people.


Is Aii hiring?

Aii is currently accepting interns for Public Policy, Communications, and Education. Visit our Join The Team page to learn more. For information on jobs and how you can be a part of our team, reach out to info@aii.org. Attach a resume and tell us about your experience in public policy, law, communications, graphic design, or other field you can offer support.


Does Aii accept submissions?

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure is interested in any and all solutions to complex problems. We accept draft or fully prepared white papers, policy briefs, and blog articles. If you would like to pitch an idea to our team, send your suggestions to comms@aii.org. Submissions should include your best contact information, a brief summary of who you are and what you are offering, and an attachment in PDF form of your product. Drafts should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and double spaced.


How can I get involved?

We encourage you to be involved in the conversation and solutions on infrastructure, energy, transportation, and innovation. Stay up to date by checking in here at Aii.org. Follow us for the latest content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Consider donating to help us expand and improve our impact. Send us your best ideas and submissions. Attend one of our lectures or panel discussions. Or simply reach out to share your expertise and partake in our network of experts.


How do I contact Aii?

You can reach us at info@aii.org for general inquiries and comms@aii.org for media and publication information. Follow us on social media and send us a direct message.


I cannot find information on Aii, is it a registered entity?

The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, “The Alliance”, or simply “Aii” are not registered entities. The Alliance is the brand name for our whole group, with two nonprofit entities. You will find information on the Public Institute for Facility Safety (PIFS) our 501(c)(3) and the National Infrastructure Safety Foundation (NISF) our 501(c)(4) with the IRS. To support Aii, your donation must go to one of these two organizations. Checks or payment to “The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure” or “Aii” will not be processed. All work we produce is branded as Aii, however, as the Alliance speaks with one voice, sharing the research findings and educational material from our two nonprofits for the strongest messaging and farthest reach possible.


What are you guiding principles?

  • Focus on improvements to infrastructure industries
  • Transform those industries with higher innovation and safety standards
  • Provide information and resources promoting better policies
  • Promote industry best practices
  • Educate the public and private sectors
  • Provide transparency, accountability, and quantifiable improvements

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