The Ares Charitable Foundation strategically invests in programming that aims to accelerate equality of economic opportunity for people globally. We address systemic challenges through transformative giving intended to improve individuals’ quality of life. Our work is made possible through the generosity of individuals and Ares Management Corporation, which donates a portion of carried interest profits from select funds to the Foundation to align the firm’s investment activities with our societal impact.

Our Grants

Our grants build people's capacity to be change agents in their own life and in the lives of others, and concurrently catalyze our key stakeholders to give and get involved.


The Ares Charitable Foundation accelerates equality of economic opportunity through strategic investments that provide career preparation and reskilling, encourage entrepreneurship and deepen individuals’ understanding of personal finance so that people can pursue a better future.


We envision a world in which all people benefit from equitable access to knowledge, resources, and opportunities so that they can achieve their full potential.


The Foundation addresses many of society’s most pressing challenges to better ensure individuals reach their greatest potential. Our work helps make a measurable, sustained difference in the lives of people who desire a brighter future, and creates opportunities for the firm, our employees and our stakeholders to help make that happen."

Michelle Armstrong

Head of Philanthropy and Executive Director of Ares Charitable Foundation

Board of Directors

Michael Arougheti

Director, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President

Greg Margolies

Partner, Credit

Michael Weiner

Partner, Head of Public Policy & Legislative Affairs

Caroline Blakely
Caroline Blakely

Independent Director, President & CEO of Rebuilding Together

Corporate Contributions

We give back where we do business, and where our team members live and work. When we leverage our resources for social good, we touch these communities – and people’s lives – in appreciable ways.

Ares in Motion (AIM)

We encourage our team members to donate to organizations that champion the causes that matter most to them. Our charitable matching program augments those contributions to further the good those donations support. In addition, we design and coordinate volunteer opportunities for our team members to empower them to make a difference through their time and talent.