In 2017, a group of partners, brought together by Funders Concerned About AIDS and including Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, and Johnson and Johnson, launched the Southern HIV Impact Fund. The Fund is administered by AIDS United – the nation’s leading organization advocating for a coordinated response to HIV in partnership with community-based groups around the country.

AIDS United is a national non-profit organization focused on ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States through strategic grant-making, capacity building, and policy and advocacy.

Gilead Sciences is a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines.

The Ford Foundation funds innovative ideas, visionary individuals, and frontline institutions advancing human dignity around the world.

The Elton John Foundation funds frontline programs that help to alleviate the pain of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV worldwide.

Viiv Healthcare is an independent, global specialist HIV company committed to delivering innovative new options for the care and treatment of people living with HIV.

Johnson & Johnson is a pharmaceutical company that strives to discover and develop novel therapeutics and vaccines to treat and cure infectious diseases worldwide, improving treatment outcomes and patients’ lives.

WE ARE a collaborative of funders working to end the disproportionate impact of HIV in the U.S. South. We:

  • Increase collaboration across the U.S. South to end HIV and reduce health disparities.
  • Train and develop leaders in the region that reflect the epidemic.
  • Provide much-needed resources through technical assistance and grant-making.

WE BELIEVE working together with partners and communities across the region, we can leverage our collective strength and resilience to overcome gaps in access to health insurance and care, inadequate education, stigma, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia that make the South the epicenter of the domestic HIV epidemic.

WE ENVISION impactful and coordinated investment in communities where resources are most needed.

  • Unfettered access to HIV prevention and care for those living with HIV in the U.S. South.
  • A robust pipeline of leadership that is reflective of the HIV epidemic in the region.
  • Intersectional and sustainable social justice movements with HIV as a central pivot point.


  • Operating with transparency in grant-making.
  • Ensuring grantmaking is informed by and responsive to community needs.
  • Bringing an intersectional approach to movement-building and service delivery.
  • Building on the existing infrastructure and resilience inherent in Southern communities.
  • Offering user-friendly and flexible grant-making processes, accessible to a wide range of organizations and groups.
  • Taking risks and awarding innovation.
  • Bringing race, class and gender analyses to the grant-making process.