I’ve done my homework on the SF AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Both groups provide important services for the prevention and treatment of AIDS in their own cities and beyond. They have made a real difference in the success of public health efforts to combat AIDS over the past 3 decades. The great majority of money they raise goes directly to programs, not overhead or administration: 95% for the LA LGBT Center, and 82% for the SF AIDS Foundation. These foundations run the AIDS LifeCycle themselves, so your donations go directly to them, and event costs are included in their overhead. Both organizations survive on donations.
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them. Some examples of how the SF AIDS Foundation will put these funds to use are
- $5,000 can help keep the Stop AIDS HIV Testing RV rolling for one year so that 2,400 men can be tested and counseled.
- $2,500 can help four HIV-positive people receive safe and stable housing situations for one month.
- $500 can help 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance.
- $250 can help provide ten Rapid HIV Antibody test to test ten people at Magnet, Stop AIDS, or other SFAF sites.
- $175 can help provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
- $25 can help a Financial Benefits counselor to assist one person in navigating the private and public benefits systems, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, short-term disability, and Social Security.
- $10 can help provide 143 condoms that the Stop AIDS Project will distribute.
So, again, please join me in giving to this cause and donate any amount that you are comfortable with.