Giving Compass' Take:

• In this GrantCraft post, Melanie Powers from AIDS United discusses the work of the Southern HIV Impact Fund, which aims to help under-financed regions in the U.S. acquire more resources to fight HIV/AIDS.

• So far, the fund has reached nine states and empowered organizations that have deep ties to local communities. How can we follow-up with more outreach to the South in the public health sector?

• Here's why ending HIV starts with empowering women and girls.

The U.S. South has never received funding proportional to its burden of HIV and AIDS, whether from the government or private resources. In 2017, to address the complexities of the epidemic in this region, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) brought together a group of grantmakers including Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, and Johnson and Johnson, forming a first-of-its-kind funding collaborative: the Southern HIV Impact Fund. Managed by AIDS United, the Fund aims to increase resources directed to the region and act as a catalyst for progress.

One way it does this is by engaging organizations that are new to HIV work but that have a deep history and broad reach among affected populations. This helps to ensure that those most impacted are able to play a vital role in identifying effective solutions. The Fund is also working to build a pipeline of new leaders through its 10-person, year-long cohort learning experience that more accurately reflects the current face of the epidemic — Black, Latinx, queer, and transgender ...

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 more than $200K in rapid response grants, including emergency support for organizations serving people with HIV in regions devastated by hurricanes.
  • Trained 10 established and emerging leaders from Southern communities working to end HIV in the South.

Read the full article about bringing southern U.S. grantees together to drive progress against HIV/AIDS by Melanie Powers at GrantCraft.