Browsing Category: President’s Message

A New Journey Begins In the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

by Mark Ishaug, President and CEO
AIDS United

Dear Friends:

I am thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to lead AIDS United, and I am so looking forward to working closely with you and all of our partners and stakeholders to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America.

What an exciting and challenging time to begin this journey. The creation of AIDS United through the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to add velocity and impact to the important work that we, as organizations and as individuals, have been doing for nearly three decades. And I promise you I’ll do whatever it takes to raise money and awareness to improve the lives of people living with HIV and help bring an end to this pandemic. I’ll sing, dance, and golf. I’ll take to the Hill and I’ll take to the Plains. And I’ll complete this year alone a 100-mile bike ride, a triathlon and marathon.

And speaking of marathons…

Last week we launched Team to End AIDS (T2)! T2 is a new endurance training and fundraising program for all levels of athletes that includes marathon and half marathon coaching. T2 will support the life-saving work of AIDS United and the Washington AIDS Partnership by helping to raise funds to support programs and services that change lives in the District of Columbia and around the country. We developed T2 at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in 2009 and achieved INCREDIBLE success in the program’s first year. We have every expectation of great success in DC, too, especially with DC’s active running and HIV/AIDS communities! You can read more about T2 in this newsletter, , or by clicking here, and you can REGISTER for T2 today at

But that’s not the only important announcement that we have recently made.  AIDS United just announced the 10 new grantees of our game-changing Access to Care (A2C) initiative, supported by a grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). These grants will help build the capacity to develop and implement targeted, innovative programs to improve individual health outcomes and strengthen local service systems, and connect thousands of low-income and marginalized individuals living with HIV to high quality supportive services and health care. A2C also is helping to contribute to the successful implementation of the “Increasing Access to Care” pillar of National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) released in July by the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).

In addition to these life-changing and life-saving programs, AIDS United will continue its critical strategic grantmaking and public policy work!  With partners throughout the country, we are developing our regional advocacy networks to help mobilize our communities at the state and local levels about HIV/AIDS policy that impacts the lives of those we serve.  We’ll be taking on issues like health care reform, appropriations of HIV funding, and syringe access head on, while we make investments in communities most affected by HIV/AIDS, including the South, communities of color, women and girls, men who have sex with men (MSM) and youth.

I am truly excited to bring my experiences and relationships to AIDS United as we reinvigorate the fight against HIV/AIDS as we have never done before. Won’t you join us as our partners on this important journey?  You can support AIDS United by making  a donation today!  Together, we will work tirelessly for our mission to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America.


Mark Ishaug
AIDS United

A Transformational Announcement

by Kandy Ferree
President and CEO
National AIDS Fund

NAF President and CEO Kandy Ferree

NAF President and CEO Kandy Ferree

Last week the National AIDS Fund received some transformational news. We learned we were one of 11 distinguished organizations to receive the first-ever Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants, an initiative administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Social Innovation Fund is a true public-private partnership and an example of how the Obama Administration is using new funding pools to support issues of national significance, carrying with it a requirement to leverage a 1:1 match at both the national and local grantee levels.

NAF has received a $3.6 million award that will enable us to expand the scope of our Access to Care initiative in support of innovative public-private partnerships to improve individual health outcomes and strengthen local services systems, connecting economically and socially marginalized individuals living with HIV to high quality supportive services and health care. The awards were officially announced yesterday at a press conference held by CNCS. For more information about the Social Innovation Fund and our fellow grantees, click here.

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NAF’s SIF award serves as a pivotal follow-up to the May 13 meeting at the White House that addressed the role of public-private partnerships in the implementation of National HIV/AIDS Strategy. It is a call to action and invitation by the NAF and by the Obama Administration to have corporations, foundations and individuals join in helping the United States reach the “Increasing Access to Care” goals set in the new National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

NAF’s precedent-setting Access to Care Initiative was launched last year with generous support from Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Walmart Foundation. However it is critical that this leadership demonstrated by these two companies serve as a catalyst for the continued expansion of our SIF partnership network. This is a huge opportunity for the private sector, other philanthropic agencies and individuals to step up and help to create a country where new HIV infections are rare and where ALL people living with HIV/AIDS have access to high quality health care.

Our SIF award is a significant investment in our nation’s fight against HIV/AIDS. As the single largest award for HIV/AIDS made in decades by the federal government from new non-AIDS-specific funds, the award demonstrates the premium value placed by this Administration on the uniting of the public and private sectors to improve the life and health of our nation’s communities. These funds will enable the National AIDS Fund, in collaboration with current and new funding partners, to develop and enhance more evidence-based and innovative community-driven interventions that help to increase health literacy, remove barriers and get more people living with HIV access to primary health care and HIV specialty care.

You can become a partner in this historic opportunity to help people living with HIV/AIDS access the life-saving care they need? You can join in our efforts to make our SIF award go farther than we ever imagined, and help us honor our pledge to bring corporate, philanthropic and individual support together to fulfill the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s “Increasing Access to Care” priority. Becoming a partner is easy! Make your donation via the National AIDS Fund’s secure website form. Just click here.