Rescue dog with new family

Giving to causes that are important to him are second nature to Jim Dudzinski,  a tax manager in AIG’s Investments business.  He also sees to it that the organizations he supports get an extra contribution through AIG’s Matching Grants Program. Most of Jim’s contributions are aimed at charities that help the visually impaired and focus on animal advocacy and rescue. Over the past 10 years, Jim has had more than 280 donations matched by AIG, earning him the title of "most frequent user of the AIG Matching Grants Program" in 2018.

Jim’s contributions go above and beyond donations…literally. That's because he volunteers to use his Piper Cherokee 6 to transport animals out of high-kill shelters and into the arms of loving, adoptive families through the nonprofit Pilots N Paws.

Jim Dudzinkski standing on small plane

Jim says it's a "dream come true" every time he takes to the skies.  But another and more personal reason is because Jim lost part of his vision in a car accident when he was younger and never thought he'd fly at all. Ultimately, modification of the rules by the Federal Aviation Administration governing vision requirements, along with advanced vision technology, allowed Jim to fulfill his lifelong wish and obtain a pilot's license in 2013.

Of his frequent-giver status in the AIG Matching Grants Program, Jim says, "I consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to nonprofit organizations. The Matching Grants Program is a great program, why not utilize it? It's a thing I feel very fortunate to do."

This project is supported by AIG’s volunteer programme.

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