Authored by: Sarah Hamilton
The 30th anniversary of AIDS also
creates an important opportunity for the FCAA community to stop and
reflect on the important role of philanthropy has played in supporting
and advancing the global response to HIV/AIDS. Following the first
reported case of AIDS, philanthropy was still struggling to respond to
the epidemic; most funding for early AIDS efforts came from individuals,
and was mostly informal and highly personal. In 1987 FCAA was founded by
a group of grantmakers dedicated to bringing philanthropic attention to
the AIDS crisis and to building the field of AIDS-related philanthropy.
In 2003 FCAA published HIV/AIDS Philanthropy: History and Current Parameters 1981-2000 to provide a brief overview and history of U.S.-based HIV/AIDS philanthropy.