The primary purpose of the South Carolina Association for Institutional Research shall be to benefit, assist, and advance research leading to improved understanding, planning, and operation of institutions of postsecondary education in South Carolina. Research focused on a single institution and that concerned with groups of institutions both fall within this purpose. In keeping with the dynamic nature of institutions of postsecondary education, the Association shall encourage the application of appropriate methodologies and techniques from many disciplines. It shall also publish and exchange information with respect to institutions of postsecondary education and shall use such means as are necessary and proper to accomplish these objectives, including the raising of funds through gifts, devises, bequests, or otherwise.
SCAIR is a federally recognized 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Contributions to 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. Donations may be deducted as a business expense if they are "ordinary and necessary" in the conduct of the taxpayer's business.