Who We Are   
   The formation of the Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation (AIRF) grew out of concerns many of our members were expressing soon after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes as to how they could help their colleagues.   

Not-for-profit Organization

The Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation was incorporated in December 2005 as a charitable not-for-profit organization. The general purposes of the Foundation are:
(1) provide emergency financial assistance (i) to Designated members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates, Affiliates, employees (and their dependents) of the Appraisal Institute, a not for profit corporation, and (ii) to individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the real estate profession (collectively, the "Recipients"), who have experienced a disaster or emergency that has left the Recipient in a state of financial, physical, or emotional distress; and (2) engage in similar activities in furtherance of the purposes stated above. Contributions are welcome at any time from AI individuals as well as anyone with a desire to provide assistance.

Emergency Financial Assistance

The Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation is available to provide emergency financial assistance to those who may need it. If you need assistance, or are aware of any eligible recipients who may, please contact the Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation at relieffoundation@appraisalinstitute.org for more information or complete the application below:

Download Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation Application for Assistance

Contribute to the AI Relief Foundation

Contribute using our Secure Online Form


Contribute using Mail or Fax

     Please download and complete this form and send to:
Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation
c/o Appraisal Institute
200 W. Madison, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL  60606
Telephone: (312) 335-4154
Fax: (312) 335-4155

The Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation is pleased to announce that the IRS has approved our application for 501(c)(3) status. A 501(c)(3)organization is exempt from paying federal income taxes. Additionally, all persons and organizations that make contributions (money or property) to a 501(c)(3) organization are able to claim deductions for their donations on the their federal income tax under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

A Message From the AI Relief Foundation

The Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation Board thanks everyone for their generosity in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the years since. The Foundation developed out of membership interest to provide direct assistance to members and employees of the Appraisal Institute affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Funds received by the Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation are allocated directly to victims requiring assistance, with the exception of marginal administrative costs.

The AIRF continues to receive positive feedback from those who have benefited from the disbursements, with disaster victims generally expressing sincere appreciation, particularly as the organization recognized their plight and reached out to provide both personal and financial support. Typifying these responses, one recipient wrote, "You folks prove that people are genuinely good by nature. Those of us who have been caught up in this phenomenal disaster certainly appreciate what you are doing for us."

The goal of the AIRF is to be able provide immediate assistance to AI individuals who are victims of catastrophic disasters and emergencies.. To that end, the AIRF continues to solicit donations for future needs. On behalf of the Appraisal Institute Relief Foundation, thank you again for your generosity:

  • Richard A. Stephens, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, 2018 President
  • Claire M. Aufrance, MAI, SRA, 2018 Vice President
  • Christine C. Hume, MAI
  • Heather M. Placer, MAI, SRA
  • Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS
  • Roscoe W. Shiplett, MAI
  • Russell K. Sterling, MAI, AI-GRS