Academy of Friends Sponsors


Over the last 33 years, Academy of Friends has distributed over $8.5 million to more than 72 organizations serving men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS.


A rigorous grant review process determines which HIV/AIDS service agencies receive proceeds from the upcoming Academy of Friends Gala. The Board of Directors selects a diverse group of organizations providing direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS or providing HIV prevention education programs. These agencies provide a wide range of services reaching people throughout the Bay Area.



AIDS Legal Referral Panel is dedicated to providing free and low-cost legal assistance and education on virtually any civil matter to persons living with HIV/AIDS. AOF funds will specifically fund ALRP’s insurance attorney, helping clients get the health care they need and the disability income on which they rely.


Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center has a mission to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander communities—particularly APIs living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. AOF funds will be used to support HIV prevention and direct HIV care services for significantly underserved APIs in San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo Counties.


Face to Face has been addressing the challenges presented by the HIV epidemic in Sonoma County since 1983. With AOF’s support, they will continue prevention education to the community and comprehensive services for people living with HIV/AIDS.


Huckleberry Youth Programs educates, inspires, and supports underserved youth in San Francisco and Marin to develop healthy life choices, to maximize their potential, and to realize their dreams. AOF will provide funds for their peer led HIV/AIDS curriculum which reached more than 1,200 youth over the last year.


Maitri is the only residential California facility offering comprehensive end-of-life care exclusively to those living with AIDS. As longtime supporters of Maitri, AOF helps the organization meet the changing needs of Californians living with AIDS in a dignified and caring manner.


Project Inform operates the only telephone hotline in the country that connects HIV-positive people to other knowledgeable HIV-positive people to help them understand how to manage and cope with HIV disease. This year, AOF will fund a bi-lingual HIV treatment education component of the hotline.


Positive Resource Center is the only place in San Francisco for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to get comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services. This is the second year of a two-year commitment AOF has made to the organization.


Shanti offers a continuum of services designed to meet the practical and emotional support needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. AOF’s financial support will help train 100 new volunteers to be non-judgmental advocates for medically underserved and disenfranchised people in our community.


Tenderloin Health works to improve the health of the Tenderloin’s homeless, poor and most vulnerable residents–people who are at the greatest risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS. AOF’s support will help the organization serve those who have difficulty obtaining services elsewhere.

Women's HIV Program  

Women’s HIV Program at UCSF provides comprehensive health and social services to over 200 women, transgenders and families living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was among the first programs in the country dedicated to HIV+ women and is a national model of care for this vulnerable population. AOF’s support is especially needed for the program’s transgender client population.