Social Impact

ACT has a broad and deep history of social responsibility. Focusing on social impact is inherently connected to our mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. Social impact is the effect our research and convening powers have on equity for all students, primarily underserved populations and working learners.

In ways large and small, behind the scenes and out in the field, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning is committed to improving equitable access for all learners to achieve success in life.

Corporate Giving Program

As an extension of our mission, we provide financial and volunteer support through initiatives that support our education and workplace efforts. Preference is given to organizations in communities where ACT employees live and/or to organizations where one or more ACT team members are actively involved as volunteers.

In ongoing efforts to fulfill ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success, each year, we mark Giving Tuesday to highlight our continued efforts to give to communities where we live and work. View our impact for 2016 and 2017.

Learn more and apply for funding here.

Volunteer Services

Volunteerism is at the heart of the Center’s mission to give back. ACT goes beyond simply encouraging its team members to support their local communities.

Request volunteers here.

Fee Waivers and Free Prep Materials

Each year, ACT invests a portion of our revenue to ensure equitable access to ACT products, insights, and other resources, and to create and strengthen partnerships that enable ACT to have a positive impact on the lives of more people.

Current ACT initiatives to close the equity gap (for high school juniors and seniors from economically disadvantaged backgrounds) include:

Fee waivers for the ACT® test

Free Score Reports

Free access to ACT Online Prep™

Free access to live online instruction

Learn more here.

Local Impact

United Way

ACT is a key supporter of the United Way of Johnson County. Our donations and corporate matching make up 10 percent of the local United Way’s yearly budget, which focuses on the priority areas of education, income, and health. In 2017, ACT received the Game-Changer in Education Award in recognition of outstanding support of education in the Iowa community from a variety of activities. Our team members give their time, talent, and resources throughout the year, including a focused week each fall during the annual campaign.

University of Iowa Scholars

Financial support for students from historically underrepresented populations in graduate degree programs at the University of Iowa. Learn more about ACT’s collaboration with the University of Iowa Graduate College here.

Kirkwood Community College Scholars

Financial support for students from historically underrepresented populations who are pursuing AA or AS degrees with a STEM focus at Kirkwood Community College.