In October, 2020, American Concrete Institute president Jeff Coleman announced a challenge to raise $1 million during his term as president; to date, over $1,320,000 has been generously contributed to the ACI Foundation. “Due to the generosity of ACI members and chapters, we have not only reached the goal, we have exceeded it,” stated Coleman. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to all who contributed, and notably our major donors, who I thank for making contributions: a donation in honor of ACI Past President Robert Mast, the ACI Carolinas Chapter, Surendra P. Shah and his students and supporters, Master Builders Solutions, the estate of William Maloney, the ACI Greater Miami Valley Chapter, the ACI Ontario Chapter, Georgia ACI Chapter, New Jersey ACI Chapter, and AOE. I also thank the ACI Board of Direction and ACI for continued support of the Foundation. A special thank you goes to ACI Past President Dan Baker who moved us over the million-dollar line.”
The ACI Foundation promotes progress, innovation, and collaboration in the concrete industry through strategic investments in research, scholarships, and ideas.
“I am excited and encouraged to see such growth in the ACI Foundation as our long-standing supporters and new donors came together this past year,” stated Ann M. Masek, Executive Director, ACI Foundation. “Our programs can provide more progress and benefits to students, research, and technology. The advocacy of ACI President Coleman throughout his term and the support of our community demonstrate how together we can make a difference.”
The ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council selected eight research projects to receive grants in 2020. The ACI Foundation also strongly supports students joining the field of concrete – future designers, engineers, educators, construction managers, and contractors – and has provided financial support, mentorship, and internship opportunities in the concrete industry to 175 students in the last decade, including to 20 students in 2020 alone. With these increased contributions, the ACI Foundation will be able to fund even more deserving students, needed research, and promote industry impacting activities.