Supporting Direct Relief, GAI’s 2019-2020 Charity of Choice

I’m extremely proud of my fellow employee-owners’ generosity and support of Direct Relief, our company’s 2019-2020 Charity of Choice. Continuing our firm’s tradition of giving and volunteer activities, GAI’s donations to Direct Relief at staff and corporate levels have supported this long-lived aid organization’s mission to provide medical aid during emergency situations both in the United States and around the world.

Selected through an extensive search for an organization that makes charitable giving truly simple and impactful, Direct Relief directs more than 90 percent of the donations it receives toward delivering help to people in real need.

This level of aid provided by Direct Relief accounts for why many may not have heard of the organization before: by keeping its administrative and promotion expenses very low, Direct Relief is able to deliver the greatest positive effect possible for each contributor dollar received.

GAI’s cash contributions to Direct Relief, a result of individual employee donations, office participation events, and a 100% company match, have supported the organization’s aid efforts for COVID-19, Hurricane Dorian, California wildfires, refugee assistance, and more. It’s the continuance of a proud tradition here at GAI—one made even more impactful by supporting an efficient, ongoing aid mission that works beyond borders for the betterment of all who need assistance.

Direct Relief is an inspiring organization, and, this year as in years past, GAI employee-owner’s giving instincts have been inspiring as well. I urge everyone to learn more about Direct Relief and to consider lending support this accomplished giving organization.

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GAI Chairman and CEO Gary M. DeJidas, PE, MBA began his career with GAI as a civil engineer in the Pittsburgh office in 1972. Gary was elected Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors and President/CEO of GAI in 2003; Gary transitioned to CEO and Chairman in 2017 as part of the company’s succession planning process.

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