Mission: To end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.
About the Organization: Founded in 1990, AIDS United has its roots in the National AIDS Fund, which was launched in 1988 to support community-driven responses to help those disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, including gay and bisexual men, communities of color, women, people living in the Deep South and later merged with AIDS Action. Through its strategic grantmaking initiatives, the organization has awarded more than $104 million to local communities to date and leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments. The organization's policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them date back to 1984, when AIDS service organizations across the country formed the AIDS Action Council and, a few years later, the AIDS Action Foundation, which together became AIDS Action.
Current Programs: AIDS United's strategic grantmaking supports approximately ninety organizations annually and more than three hundred organizations through sub-granting partnerships. Current programs include M2MPower, People Organizing Positively (POP), Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS), and the Transgender Leadership Initiative. In recent years, the organization's grants have directly supported nonprofits in twenty-six of the most HIV/AIDS-impacted states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
AIDS United's priorities for its policy/advocacy efforts include educating Congress; influencing budget and appropriations decisions; integrating HIV prevention, care, and treatment into health care more broadly; strengthening the Ryan White program (the main source of federal funding exclusively dedicated to HIV-related treatment, care, training, and support services); supporting evidence-based prevention; and promoting greater diversity and inclusiveness. Events sponsored by the organization include AIDSWatch, the nation's largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event, which is presented by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, while its Public Policy Committee provides member organizations with access to the expertise of its policy and government affairs staff, the AIDS United Policy Action Center (an online advocacy platform), and other resources.
The organization also offers capacity-building assistance through its Getting to Zero program, which provides resources to community-based organizations to help them better plan, implement, and sustain high-impact HIV prevention interventions for HIV-positive and high-risk populations, and its Sector Transformation program, which supports CBOs undergoing transformational change.
Website: Visitors to the AIDS United site can keep up-to-date on the latest developments via the organization's blog; sign up to receive updates; browse a range of free informational resources; or watch webinars that highlight innovative work and best practices in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Visitors to the site also can stop by the Policy Action Center to track legislation or take action on current policy issues, and/or make a donation to the organization.
Funding: AIDS United is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.