Meeting Report: Philanthropic Strategies For Ending HIV/AIDS In Puerto Rico

Executive Summary

This report summarizes findings and recommendations from a series of community and philanthropic strategy sessions and site visits hosted by AIDS United in Puerto Rico in February 2011. The goal of these meetings was to identify philanthropic strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Puerto Rico. To reach this goal, our objectives were to: 1) solicit feedback from community stakeholders in order to understand what resources are needed at the local level to combat the epidemic; 2) provide an overview and inform funders of needs around the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Puerto Rico; 3) present Puerto Rico’s unique status as a territory and its impact on funding for HIV/AIDS; and 4) solidify support for funding collaboratives around HIV/AIDS programs in Puerto Rico.

A summary of the community stakeholder session, site visits, and funder strategy session are included in this report. Discussions throughout the site visits and strategy sessions and visits focused on three major themes: 1) identifying the philanthropic role that AIDS United can play in future funding efforts; 2) reinvigorating the community’s efforts in fighting HIV/AIDS in Puerto Rico; and 3) building the capacity of local organizations to engage the community and develop policy and advocacy networks and activities. Recommendations produced from the meeting are listed below. Finally, the report ends with AIDS United’s blueprint for moving philanthropy forward in Puerto Rico.This report summarizes findings and recommendations from a series of community and philanthropic strategy sessions and site visits hosted by AIDS United in Puerto Rico in February 2011. The goal of these meetings was to identify philanthropic strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Puerto Rico. To reach this goal, our objectives were to: 1) solicit feedback from community stakeholders in order to understand what resources are needed at the local level to combat the epidemic; 2) provide an overview and inform funders of needs around the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Puerto Rico; 3) present Puerto Rico’s unique status as a territory and its impact on funding for HIV/AIDS; and 4) solidify support for funding collaboratives around HIV/AIDS programs in Puerto Rico.

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