Giving Back

At AEO, we believe we have a responsibility to do better, to be better, to build a better world.


Together with the AEO Foundation and our customers, AEO donated more than $10 million in Fiscal Year 2022 to organizations that are paving the way for youth empowerment, equality and education.

The Pittsburgh Promise

Since 2010, AEO has pledged more than $2 million to the Pittsburgh Promise, an initiative dedicated to empowering the bright futures of high school seniors in Pittsburgh. AEO has been the lead sponsor of the Promise’s Senior Signing Day, has hosted a STEM day for high school girls to learn about opportunities for women in technology,
and has organized career workshops and events for Promise graduates. The Promise offers up to $20,000 in post-secondary education scholarships to any eligible student who graduates from Pittsburgh Public Schools. AEO is proud that a handful of our corporate associates are Pittsburgh Promise graduates!

“I am deeply grateful for American Eagle Outfitters’ incredible investment in The Pittsburgh Promise’s work. They are helping to fuel

No Place For Hate

When tragedy struck at the Tree of Life Congregation in our hometown of Pittsburgh, we turned our pain and sorrow into meaningful action by partnering with the Anti-Defamation League to sponsor the No Place for Hate program. No Place for Hate is an ADL program that educates and empowers youth in more than 1,800 schools across the country to prevent acts of brutality and hatred. We know that we have a responsibility to lead by example, which is why AEO believes we must do our part to create positive change in the world.  Since 2018, AEO has donated $500,000 to support ADL’s No Place for Hate program.

In 2020, AE, Aerie, and the AEO Foundation pledged $500,000 in support to the Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF), which fights for criminal justice reform, voting rights protections, education equity, economic justice, and an end to systemic bias and racism. Our donation supported LDF’s education equity programs and scholarships for exceptional African American students.  Since 2020, AEO and our customers have continued our support by contributing more than $250,000 to further LDF’s work in fighting for racial justice.


AEO has a longstanding history of stepping up to support individuals in need when they need it most.  We have partnered with Good360 for eight years to help those impacted by natural disasters.  Good360 works with corporate donors and nonprofit partners to ensure that the right goods are delivered to the right people at the right time, and is committed to a survivor-centric approach that supports disaster-impacted communities throughout the recovery journey.  During the pandemic, AEO donated more than 42 million face masks to Good360 help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and since 2016, AEO and our customers have provided nearly $1.4 in contributions to enable the charity to provide over $30 million in goods to those impacted by disasters.  


In fiscal year 2022, our associates volunteered with 100+ organizations providing more than 14,000 hours of service in our communities.

AEO Building A Better World Community Day

AEO and the AEO Foundation are committed to ensuring our communities are vibrant places to live, work and play. Each year associates participate in AEO’s Building A Better World Community Day, a day dedicated to volunteering and giving back to local communities. Since its establishment in 2013, AEO Associates have logged more than 25,000 volunteer hours to non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh, New York City, San Francisco, Hazleton, Ottawa, Mississauga, Hong Kong and Mexico City. Associates participate in various volunteer activities like park beautification, trash clean up, and working at local food banks. By supporting non-profit initiatives in our communities, we are building a better world for everyone.

Helping Hands

AEO’s Helping Hands Fund is a program that was established for associates in need, funded by contributions from fellow associates. Support has helped hundreds of associates who have experienced a severe personal tragedy like a house fire, the death of an immediate family member, and disaster relief, among other needs.  Since the fund’s inception in 2009, AEO’s Helping Hands Fund has provided more than $375,000 to AEO associates in need.