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2 Funders & the NHAS Private philanthropy has long been involved in the NHAS – The Open Society Foundations 2007 report - Improving Outcomes: Blueprint for a National AIDS Plan for the U.S. - serves as focal point for advocates & funders – Leading Ford Foundation to convene planning meeting with AIDS advocates – Resulting in the formation of the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy (CNAS) in 2007 – CNAS secures commitments from presidential candidates to develop a national AIDS strategy, if elected – The CNAS is invited to help the Office of National AIDS Policy develop new national strategy in 2008 – NHAS unveiled in July 2010

3 The FCAA Toolkit In 2011 FCAA developed an online toolkit in response to stakeholders who asked how they might coordinate with the NHAS most effectively Developed through consultation and interviews with 25 leaders in the fields of AIDS philanthropy, AIDS policy, AIDS advocacy and services The toolkit includes 3 components: – A “101” document offering a primer on the NHAS and related public sector strategies; – Eight recommended actions for funders to help advance the goals of the NHAS; and, – Correlating examples and best practices of current funder action The toolkit highlights videos, publications and other resources on the strategy Online at:

4 What Funders are Saying “To harness the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s full merits, AIDS organizations need coaching and assistance from savvy foundation partners. Technical assistance for the AIDS sector now can yield great results in advocacy and the development of targeted services that align with the strategy.” David Ernesto Munar, President & CEO, AIDS Foundation of Chicago. “We at the M.A.C AIDS Fund supported the CNAS because it took profoundly the right substantive policy direction and it synergized the talents of so many leading AIDS advocacy groups. Also, the effort’s bi-partisan strategy was very forward looking and effective.” Nancy Mahon, Esq., Senior Vice President, M.A.C Cosmetics, Executive Director, M.A.C AIDS Fund; Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) “The NHAS provides new opportunities for private philanthropy to make strategic investments that can impact the epidemic. ” Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director of HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now more than ever, it is critical that the public sector partner with citizens, communities, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, foundations and corporations to meaningfully address the issues and events of our time. ” Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation.

5 The NHAS 101 Purpose: To serve as a refresher or guide for funders new to the strategy Provides overview on: – Origins – Structures & goals – Social Innovation Fund – The CDC’s 12 Cities Project – NHAS & Public policy – Evaluation – Information on statewide plans

6 Recommended Funder Actions Link funding to NHAS Goals Fund advocacy Build leadership & capacity Fund research that helps the NHAS Help evaluate the impact of the NHAS Convene & engage other funders Help grantees navigate sea changes Join public-private partnerships

7 Link Funding In July 2012 Merck Company Foundation announced its new $3 mil HIV Care Collaborative to connect PLWHA to care, using innovative model programs in Atlanta, Houston and Philadelphia. In May 2012 Kaiser Permanente launched a new grant strategy and RFP focused on supporting nonprofit organizations to prevent new HIV infections, identify HIV+ patients sooner, and link and retain them in care. In 2011 Elton John AIDS Foundation began tracking their applicants’ relationship to the NHAS by asking if their programs aim to reach the same goals of the strategy (lower infection rates, increasing proportion of newly diagnosed to care, etc.). The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s created new grantmaking priorities which focus on issues identified by the NHAS, including: gay men and other MSM, communities of color, women and girls, and individuals and families affected by incarceration.

8 Fund Advocacy Open Society Foundations funded the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) to develop an advocacy agenda for HIV/AIDS advocates to participate in research and policy initiatives related to the implementation of HIV treatment as prevention. In 2011, AIDS United funded Strengthening Advocacy Capacity in the State of Alabama in order to build advocacy bench strength in an under-resourced area.

9 Build Leadership & Capacity The UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program (HCEP) is an intensive management and leadership development program for leaders of health centers and community-based health care organizations. Participants develop skills to successfully lead their organizations in the changing world of healthcare delivery. In 2010 The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Inc., supported an emergency department HIV testing program at Wishard Health Services - a County hospital serving the largest County in the state. This program utilizes AmeriCorps fellow to provide HIV counseling and testing, providing a full-time employee for only $3,800 a year. The Funders Network on Population Reproductive Health and Rights offers a donor’s guide to Investing in Youth from their Donor Group on Adolescent Reproductive Health and Development that details: “Why donors should invest in young people in relation to their sexual and reproductive health, and how they can make a considerable impact.” Internationally, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation offers a range of non-cash capacity building support through its SECURE THE FUTURE Technical Assistance Program.

10 Fund Research In 2011 the MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant to MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) to continue a 2006 randomized control trial of HIV prevention strategies, collecting data from 10,000 young people on two new HIV prevention strategies: voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and condom distribution. The study will address gaps in knowledge about VCT and condoms and will also generate a very rich data set, unlike any other. In 2010 as part of its special initiative focused on young MSM of color, M.A.C AIDS Fund awarded a grant to Emory University to support an adaptation of a couples HIV counseling and testing (CVCT) for male couples, developed in response to the rising rates of HIV infection among MSM in the U.S.

11 Evaluate Gilead’s HIV FOCUS program (HIV on the Frontlines Of Communities in the United States) was launched in 2010 to address systemic and institutional barriers to routine HIV testing and access to care by building innovative partnerships and encouraging sustainable HIV testing models in order to reduce the rate of new HIV infections in the U.S. Measuring results and refining practice is a key component of HIV FOCUS. Partners utilize an HIV FOCUS database that generates dashboards and customized reports that measure progress, identify barriers and allow fortimely course corrections. Common data elements across all partnerships help to identify best practices The AIDS Funding Collaborative of Ohio commissioned an evaluation of the “K-12 Responsible Sexual Behavior Initiative in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) for the 2009-2010 school year” in order to establish the curriculum as an evidence-based intervention, and thus, making it scalable to a national level.

12 Convene & Engage In July 2012 the Levi Strauss Foundation (LSF) partnered with B-Change Foundation (BCF) to strengthen connections between LSF’s community partners, advocates, key decision-makers and intended beneficiaries globally. At AIDS2012, LSF convened community partners representing 45 organizations from 20 countries for a one-day Advocacy[2.0] Summit. The Summit provided the opportunity to strengthen the network of HIV/AIDS advocates, share ideas and experiences as well as learn new skills. BCF will deliver “stories from the frontline,” advocacy tools and other resources via the Advocacy[2.0] web site. This will be supported by a multi-platform web strategy (using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Sino Weibo, YouKu, etc.) creating multiple channels for community engagement and fostering participation from a new generation of advocates in the days and months after the Summit. For the past two years Gilead has partnered with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 2011 this partnership included a series of focus groups, interviews and surveys with faith leaders across 11 cities and dominations to identify these leaders’ successes, lessons learned and challenges when addressing HIV. The NAACP is now working to decrease stigma and normalize attitudes. The research has been analyzed and informed the creation of a faith leaders’ Pastoral Brief and Manual “The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative,” recently released in July 2012. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Monitor Institute have created Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder's Guide which “explores what it takes for grantmakers to cultivate a network mindset, and offers recommendations for how funders can effectively build the capacity of networks and share what they’re learning with the broader field."

13 See Changes The merger of AIDS Action/National AIDS Fund to create AIDS United is a recent example of resources pooled for greater impact. The Gill Foundation funded the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies to capture the best practices of mission expansion in “New Horizons: Expanding Missions to Build Stronger Futures” after many agencies in the field of AIDS nutrition expanded their missions to serve clients with other critical and chronic diseases.

14 Public-Private Partnerships In July 2010, AIDS United was awarded a $3.6 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant to expand its Access to Care (A2C) initiative “to ensure access to primary and HIV-specific care, improve individual health outcomes, and strengthen local services systems.” Thisfocus supports one of the three principal goals of the NHAS. The requirement that “each federal dollar granted be matched 1:1 by the grantees and again by their sub-grantees with money from private and other non-federal sources”, has created an opportunity to bring new public and private financial resources to the field of AIDS - the first such opportunity in many years. The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded a new effort among the city of Baltimore's health care leaders to create a new plan "to cut new cases of HIV infection by 25 percent by 2015, as part of an overall strategy to cope with a disease that has plagued the city for decades." Baltimore is one of the CDC's "12 Cities"

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