AEO Pledges $500,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Will match an additional $100,000 in associate donations to local and national organizations which support Black, Indigenous and people of color.

Earlier this week, American Eagle, Aerie and the AEO Foundation committed to a $500,000 donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF). Today, we officially announce this important contribution that helps the LDF fight for criminal justice reform, voting rights access, education equity and an end to systemic bias and racism.

“Racism, hatred and all forms of discrimination have no place in this world. It is incredibly important for AEO to continue our support of organizations that are leading the fight for equality, racial justice, and acceptance,” said Jay Schottenstein – Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “The Schottenstein family has long supported civil rights organizations like the NAACP LDF and I’m proud that together with American Eagle, Aerie and the AEO Foundation we will remain dedicated to breaking down racial inequalities, while leading with purpose and inspiring others to be part of the solution. By taking action today, we can change tomorrow.”

AEO will also match donations, up to $100,000, made by associates to local and national 501(c)3 non-profit organizations which support Black, Indigenous and people of color and defend civil rights, protect legal rights, and promote tolerance and understanding.

We are committed to continuing to make real improvements at AEO through hiring, leadership development and an inclusive culture. As well as well as remain dedicated to supporting organizations that fight for racial justice, equality and acceptance.

To learn more about and to donate to organizations that support Black and POC communities, click here.