FCAA Report lists AIDS United as a top funder

AIDS United has been listed as one of the top funders for HIV-related philanthropy in the United States by Funders Concerned About AIDS, an organization that monitors and connects funding for ending the AIDS epidemic. According to their collected data, AIDS United ranks as the 15th largest philanthropic funder within the United States, amounting to 109 grants with an average size of $36,522 per grantee. It makes for a total of $3,980,868 in funding.

Compared to 187 foundations within the report, AIDS United also ranked high for grants awarded to HIV programs within these subjects:

  • 9th in general operating support
  • 3rd in BIPOC communities
  • 10th in general advocacy
  • 9th in PrEP services
  • 4th in gay men/men who have sex with men
  • 3rd in transgender communities
  • 8th for people who use drugs
  • 5th in capacity building and leadership development
  • 6th in COVID-19-related programs

This is the 20th annual report from the Funders Concerned About AIDS, which monitors philanthropy, innovation in health services and government responsiveness and accountability relating to the epidemic. These early reports examine the overall funding environment and how they compare year-to-year. This year’s report found a 1% decrease in HIV-related philanthropy, dropping to $692 million from 2020 to 2021. This is part of an ongoing and worrying trend displaying waning support from private philanthropic resources. In addition, there remains an over-reliance on a small pool of major funders, such as Gilead Sciences Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • HIV-related philanthropy for advocacy, including human rights-related strategies, reached an all-time high of $150 million—a 15% increase from 2020.
  • Despite being the most requested form of funding among communities responding to HIV, grants for general operating support (unrestricted funding that can be used for any purpose) decreased 17%, falling to $45 million.
  • New funding for women and girls has grown to a high of $100 million for the first time.
  • Funding for transgender persons, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), people who use drugs and sex workers also grow to $110 million.
  • HIV-related funding for the United States’ BIPOC communities grew to $58 million.

You can read the report in its entirety here.