Why Fund the South?
HIV funding to the U.S. South decreased by $2 million between 2015 to 2016. People living in the U.S. South experience tremendous gaps in access to health insurance and care, caused by structural barriers such as poverty, inadequate education, stigma, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
This confluence of barriers fuels the rising rates of HIV and AIDS diagnoses in the region. In fact, the South is home to 44% of all people living with HIV in the U.S. In 2015, the region also accounted for 52% of new HIV diagnoses.
To break the back of the HIV epidemic in the South, to date the Southern HIV Impact Fund has:
- Made an initial investment of $2.65 million in support of 37 grantee organizations.
- Reached nine deeply impacted states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
- Mobilized $150,000 in emergency support for people living with HIV in hurricane-impacted areas including Texas and Florida.
The Fund aims to:
- Train, develop, and support local leaders and increase collaboration across the region, creating a robust pipeline of leaders for today and the future.
- Engage and support the remarkable leaders of social justice movements to help strengthen and lead the fight to end HIV and address the structural barriers that fuel it.
- Foster a community of learning to deepen relationships between communities and donors and sustain this effort over time.