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FAQ

FAQ

 

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. Scroll down to learn more.

 

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 board. We also frequently host and attend lectures, panels, conferences, networking events, and more.

Is Aii a think tank?

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?

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 do not donate to politicians or seek to influence them. 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, but this is not the aim or purpose of the organization, which centers around quality research and public education.

What exactly does Aii do?

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.

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.orgFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and OpEds 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.

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.

Who are your donors?

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 funding. As a donor, your privacy is paramount. We do not release names or information about our donors. 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?

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.