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We Are Dedicated to Our Communities

In the 30+ years since our founding, Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. has aligned its efforts with the guiding beliefs of service, philanthropy and integrity. We are dedicated not only to meeting the needs of our clients, but also giving back to the communities we serve.

This character of caring provides our more than 2,000 IAA team members with hands-on opportunities to show they care about the communities where they live and work. By volunteering, mentoring and financially supporting causes, they prove we can all make a difference in ways both big and small.

IAA proudly advocates corporate citizenship, philanthropy, and support for the diverse communities and environments in which we operate in North America. Our business model reflects this philosophy. Since 1994, IAA's National Vehicle Donation Division has assisted not-for-profit organizations, turning vehicles into cash to support their missions.

"It has always been IAA's mission to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Our employees are energized and excited to have the opportunity to give back to their communities in a meaningful way."

— Tom O'Brien, CEO

One Car One Difference

IAA Donation Division's national program raises public awareness about vehicle donations to charities nationwide. One Car One Difference lets donors know their donated vehicle will be sold at an IAA auction and the proceeds given to the charity they designate, helping make a difference to people in need. For more information about One Car One Difference and the charities it supports, visit

Employment Opportunities for Those Who Serve

On Sept. 11, 2012, IAA announced a national partnership with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and Hero2Hired in an effort to hire veterans across the country. IAA's commitment was recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Defense and National Chair of ESGR.

Employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve continue to benefit from IAA's support. Dr. Jerry Icenhower, chairman of the Texas ESGR Committee, recognized IAA's efforts toward Veteran and Reservist employment by joining John Kett (see photo, left) to celebrate the grand opening of IAA's facility in Austin, TX, in September 2012. See more photos from the event here.

Official Sponsor

SkillsUSA: Developing Leaders for Tomorrow

In 2012, IAA became an official sponsor of SkillsUSA, forming a relationship that continues to flourish. To date, IAA and sister company ADESA have donated $100,000 in support of key leadership development programming and SkillsUSA's overall mission.

The two companies also sponsor the "TAG Tuesday" Delegate Training Program, which in June 2013 provided student delegates at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO, leadership and networking opportunities that will allow them to "Train, Act and Grow" into better professionals. In addition, IAA President and Chief Financial Officer John Kett has been appointed a committee member of SkillsUSA's Youth Development Foundation.

Collision Repair Education Foundation

Founded in 1991, the Collision Repair Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations in support of philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.

IAA displayed its commitment to the future of the collision industry by contributing $10,000 to the foundation. This contribution provides grants and scholarships to students attending career and technical schools and colleges.

In April 2013, IAA Chief Client Officer Don Hermanek was named to the board of trustees to serve a three-year term.

For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Collision Repair Education Foundation, visit

Women's Industry Network (WIN)

IAA proudly supports WIN, which began with the goal of greatly enhancing the collision repair industry—and the role of women within it—through education, networking and sharing resources. Today, WIN's membership is growing and includes members from every segment of the collision repair industry across the United States, as well as internationally.

IAA is proud to have three executives as members, including: Jeanene O'Brien, VP Marketing; Courtney Milewski, Mgr. Sales Support and Analysis; and Pam Dodd, Director of Corporate Sales.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

In 2012, lemonade stands sprouted up at IAA branches across the country in support of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to battle childhood cancer. Teams competed against one another for a great cause, and IAA team representatives presented Alex's parents, Liz and Jay Scott, with a check for more than $140,000. To view images from 2012, click here.

IAA will host lemonade stands throughout August. Help support the cause today and donate to an IAA branch.


The program from the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital uses current thinking and research to provide clinical care through therapeutically based summer camps, a teen transition program, consultation and other special groups.

IAA is an annual sponsor of Aspire's spring gala event, which in 2013 raised nearly $1.4 million to support the organization's key initiatives, such as building the program's overall capacity to meet increasing demand and providing more than $100,000 in financial aid to family participants in need.

IAA Metro Chicago Heart Walk

IAA continues to encourage team-member participation each year for the American Heart Association's Metro Chicago Heart Walk. The association's mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke—a single purpose that drives everything it does. The need for its work is beyond question.

In 2011, IAA was a Gold Sponsor of the Chicago Heart Ball. And in August 2013, Vice President of Human Resources Rita Figi was named to the board of directors of the American Heart Association's Chicago Chapter.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School—Chicago

Since 2005, IAA has been a corporate sponsor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's Corporate Work Study Program, a nationally recognized model that has been replicated in 25 schools across the country. To date, IAA has welcomed more than 20 students, who work in teams of two to four as they fulfill 181 days of work at IAA during the school year. Students allocate their earnings to pay for 72% of the cost of their education. In addition, the Chicago school's college preparatory education resulted in every member of its 2013 senior class being accepted into college.

First Responders and Jaws of Life Training

With help from 16 donated vehicles from IAA, Jaws of Life training became a lot easier for rescues workers in Taunton, MA. The Taunton Fire Department received ongoing auto extrication and stabilization training from the Northboro Fire Department by using the vehicles, which were transported for free by Reynolds Auto Wrecking, an IAA buyer. This type of training helps firefighters learn and practice new techniques in auto extrication and stabilization for real-life situations.

IAA branches continue to look for creative ways to work with city officials, and use their real estate and vehicles for purposes that support training and other exercises in the communities in which they're located.

Superstorm Sandy Toy Drive

In December 2012, the East Coast was still recovering from Sandy's aftermath. That didn't stop the team from IAA's Avenel New Jersey branch from collecting more than 100 toys to donate to a national charity, bringing smiles to children during the holiday season.

Media Contact

For community relation inquiries, please contact Susan Jablonski.

Phone: 312-933-8584