Message from the Board Chair
The HIV epidemic is fueled by stigma, discrimination, and ignorance and continues to impact gay men, trans women, people of color, and the poor disproportionately. Today, one out of every 300 Americans lives with HIV and almost 50,000 people become newly infected each year. Ending the AIDS epidemic won’t be easy, but we’ve never been closer to making the promise a reality.
For almost 30 years, AIDS United has worked at the critical intersection of innovative policy and advocacy, capacity building, and strategic grant making. Annually, AIDS United grants more than $6 million to support local efforts, working in partnership with several hundred organizations from across the country. AIDS United’s work— from helping AIDS-service organizations modernize through Sector Transformation, unifying and amplifying the voices of our community on Capitol Hill and at the White House, evaluating and spreading innovative models to improve access and retention to care—is critical to achieving the end of the AIDS epidemic.
Having first served on the AIDS Action Board in 1997, which later merged with the National AIDS Fund to form AIDS United, I was honored to be elected Chair of the AIDS United Board of Trustees in 2013. AIDS United is special because no other funder, program, or agency is more successful at aligning community-driven response with sound federal policy and advocacy.
On behalf of AIDS United’s Board of Trustees, I’m proud to highlight some of the amazing stories and results from our work through this Annual Report.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our mission. Together, we will make the promise of an AIDS-free generation a reality.