Founded in San Francisco in November 1991, the Assyrian Aid Society of America (AASA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service. AAS-A is a California nonprofit corporation in good standing.
AASA is governed by a Board of Directors. All Directors are volunteers and receive no salary.
The AASA national office is located in Berkeley, California, with chapters in Chicago, Los Angeles, California’s Central Valley (Modesto-Turlock) and Santa Clara Valley (San Jose), Arizona, Michigan, and Washington, D.C..
Supported primarily by individual donations, AASA is a volunteer organization with only one paid administrative employee.
In FY2020, 91 cents of every dollar donated to AASA went directly to AASA humanitarian projects.
The organization’s annual IRS tax filings since 1991 and annual can be found here.
The Assyrian Aid Society of America is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping Assyrians in need, promoting Assyrian culture and heritage, building a structure capable of responding to unexpected crises that require immediate mobilization, and focusing American and international attention on the needs and humanitarian concerns of the Assyrian people, particularly in the ancestral homeland of Assyria.
Working in collaboration with sister organization Assyrian Aid Society-Iraq, AAS-A has for a quarter-century vigorously pursued its Mission Statement by funding refugee relief programs, reconstruction projects, irrigation and electrification projects, the Assyrian school system from pre-school through high school for nearly three decades, and medical projects that include free and at-cost medical clinics and pharmacies.
Education and the Assyrian schools in north Iraq are a priority. Over 2600 students in 27 schools are being taught all subjects in Assyrian and using textbooks translated into Assyrian and published by the Assyrian Aid Society. In addition, AAS-Iraq has purchased buses and employs drivers to transport students who otherwise could not attend school from their remote villages.
Although independent from and not formally associated with AAS-A, formal Assyrian Aid Society organizations are also at work in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden.