In 2017, a group of partners, brought together by Funders Concerned About AIDS and including Gilead Sciences, 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.

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.

The Levi Strauss Foundation embraces the energy and events of our time to advance pioneering social change in the areas of HIV/AIDS, worker rights, worker well-being and social justice.

WE ARE a collaborative of funders seeking a more coordinated and effective response to HIV and greater collective impact against the disparities that continue to drive the epidemic in marginalized communities in the deep 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 unfettered access to HIV prevention and care for those living with, and most impacted by, HIV in the deep south, achieved through:

  • Increased, impactful and coordinated investment in communities where resources are most needed.
  • Intersectional and sustainable social justice movements, recognizing HIV as a central challenge.
  • A robust pipeline of leadership that is inclusive of Black, Latinx, and LGBT communities.


  • Operating with transparency in grant-making.
  • Ensuring grant-making 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 raceclass and gender analyses to the grant-making process.
  • Prioritizing evaluation to better understand and advocate for collaborative grant-making.