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SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1984, ARDI HAS HAD A SINGULAR

FOCUS AND MISSION

ARDI strives to support and fortify academic excellence at the United States Air Force Academy by providing perpetually endowed academic chairs.

The ARDI Financial Support Methodology

ARDI solicits tax-exempt donations to endow distinguished visiting professorships honoring great military and civilian leaders, past and present, selected by the major donors. ARDI intends to establish an endowed chair in each USAFA academic department. The Dean of the Faculty nominates distinguished individuals to occupy the endowed chairs each academic year. As each endowed chair approaches full funding, it is the subject of an ARDI offer of gift to the Secretary of the Air Force.

ARDI has raised more than $20 million, endowing distinguished visiting professorships and supporting other academic programs benefiting cadets and enriching the Faculty. ARDI currently contributes approximately $1,009,000 each year in indirect support to USAFA through the endowed chair program and ancillary academic activities. Total assets $30 million (January 2018).

ARDI is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Colorado and headquartered in Colorado Springs.

INCREASE THE MARGIN OF EXCELLENCE FOR CADETS

ARDI STRIVES TO

ARDI’s lifetime contribution to academics at USAFA exceed’s $21,000,000.

100% CHARITY

100% of donated financial gifts will directly impact our mission.  Every dollar entrusted to ARDI works to endow an academic chair this and every future generation educated at the United States Air Force Academy.

Perpetual Endowments

Each chair provided by ARDI is endowed into perpetuity.  Meaning, the endowed chair legacy will affect will affect thousands of our greatest minds and impact the future of the United States Air Force and our nation for generations to come.

Academic Excellence

At ARDI, we are steadfast in or commitment to cultivate and support academic excellence at the United States Air Force Academy.

Diverse Perspective

The ARDI distinguished visiting professors and programs provide the cadets with real-world challenges and insights, exposing them to diverse perspectives and ideas that enrich their world-class education.

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ARDI strives to support and fortify academic excellence at the United States Air Force Academy by providing perpetually endowed academic chairs.

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