AU Receives $700K from the Elton John AIDS Foundation For Grantmaking and Capacity-Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  June 4, 2012  --  AIDS United has been awarded $700K from the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) to support several of its initiatives, including its Access to Care (A2C) program and its Community Partnerships Challenge Grants Program.   The grant award continues the 19-year partnership between the two organizations that has helped strategically fund HIV prevention, service and advocacy programs across the United States.

“AIDS United is profoundly grateful that EJAF remains committed to our 19-year partnership, to our grantees and to the people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS served by the numerous community organizations we support,” said Douglas M. Brooks, Chair of AIDS United’s Board of Trustees.

Victor Barnes, AIDS United's Interim President and CEO said, “Thanks to EJAF’s support, young men living with HIV/AIDS in rural Alabama will be able to access an HIV-specializing medical provider in Montgomery through innovative electronic health technology.  HIV-positive women in Washington, D.C. will have peer navigators to help them get back into quality health care.  Twenty four Community Partnerships around the country will leverage hundreds of thousands of additional local dollars for critical prevention and service programs.  And resource-limited HIV/AIDS service organizations in Puerto Rico will be able to reach people at risk for HIV/AIDS with life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention messages.”

“Thanks to the longstanding support of AIDS United and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, we have been able to raise funds for HIV/AIDS programs that would have never been possible without the leverage of the Challenge Grants program,” said Mary Lou Moreno, Director of the Border AIDS Partnership in El Paso, Texas, which funds community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in the El Paso/Las Cruces, New Mexico/CD Juarez, Mexico area.  “We are thrilled that this new award to AIDS United will help us continue our critical, life-saving work to end HIV/AIDS in the Border region, and in the United States.”