San Francisco AIDS Foundation promotes health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV, through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and community partnerships.
Justice: We strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion of communities most impacted by HIV in our programs and across all levels of the organization. We are committed to recognizing, interrupting, and addressing oppression.
Dignity: We recognize that all people have dignity and have the right to be respected; no one’s choices should be judged. We work to destigmatize sex, sexuality, gender identity and expression, substance use, and disability. We believe in consent and autonomy for all bodies. We encourage everyone to define their own needs and make their own choices, and support them to build self-efficacy.
Courage: We are bold and brave in our choice and promotion of new or controversial ideas that
advance our mission through our services and programs. We are not afraid of failure and understand that learning from our experience always makes us stronger. Our work is often difficult, but we care for ourselves and each other so we can endure.
Leadership: We advance public health best practices and contribute to the latest science in the field of public health. We work tirelessly to change laws and policies that inhibit the health and wellness of people living with or at risk for HIV. We lead with humility, collaborating and sharing ideas to both learn from others and support their growth.
Excellence: We provide outstanding support for staff and highest quality services to clients, through integrated service models, continuous evaluation and improvement of programs, strong strategic partnerships, responsible stewardship of resources, and regular examination and enhancement of workplace culture and capacity.
Our Core Strategies
We use three mutually-reinforcing core strategies to create the greatest positive change in our communities. We focus on:
Providing integrated sexual health and substance use services;
Advocacy, which includes policy and system-fix work, public education, capacity-building and research; and,
Strengthening and building community partnerships.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for people with HIV/AIDS, with a mission to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. They were founded in 1982, at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. SFAF is one of the largest and oldest community-based AIDS service organizations in the United States. SFAF has an 87.67% overall rating, and a 97% accountability & transparency rating, at Charity Navigator.
The SFAF was originally an all volunteer group lead by physicians and gay community leaders. It began by providing a hotline service originally called the Kaposi Sarcoma or KS hotline that was later renamed along with the organization. The Hotline was intended to serve as a source of accurate information about the AIDS epidemic. It was initially available in Northern California but the organization's growth would see it expand nationwide. By 1995, the SFAF reported receiving more than 10,000 calls every month on their Northern California AIDS Hotline.
By October 1982 the foundation officially began working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Through collaboration the SFAF was able to provide public services meant to educate people about AIDS. By November the foundation was working with the California Department of Health Services to provide the same services to other areas of California. The SFAF conducted a large advertising campaign, placing messages on public transportation, popular newspapers, and strategically placed advertisements in venues and media popular with the gay community. The foundation also worked with journalists to increase awareness and understanding of the epidemic. The media produced by the SFAF focused on risk reduction and safe sex. In particular the Foundation emphasized the use of condoms during anal intercourse for gay men, and cautioned against activities that shared bodily fluid. By 1983 the foundation had reached the point where they could establish a social services department that could offer emergency services to those affected by AIDS and related issues.
Today the SFAF continues its mission in combating AIDS and to eventually end the disease, and has grown large enough be a respected source of information on AIDS as well as support other organizations and programs aside from its advertising efforts. Among the services offered, the SFAF offers sexual health services including a pre-exposure program. Participants in the program are assisted in obtaining medication easily. The SFAF also runs services designed to help with substance abuse such as the Stonewall Project and social support programs aimed at the homeless and people over fifty. In addition the SFAF is a major influence and collaborator on the Getting to Zero initiative.
SFAF has received part of its funding from the annual AIDS Walk SF, which has raised over $80 million for SFAF since the first AIDS Walk in 1987. SFAF additionally funds other local and international HIV/AIDS organizations with proceeds from the walk. AIDS Walk SF severed ties with SFAF after the 2013 walk. SFAF advocates for reducing stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and treatments for it. Congressperson Nancy Pelosi gave tribute to SFAF in October 2004, praising then-executive director Pat Christen. SFAF will open a wellness center in the Castro District in 2015. The 50-Plus Network, developed by Jeff Leiphart, PhD, and Noah Briones, MFT, and currently managed by Vince Crisostomo, offers a growing number of opportunities for older gay men in the San Francisco area to improve health and well-being, connect with peers, and give back to their community.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94142-6182 | Tax-exempt since Oct. 1984
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
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