Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) will convene its 2019 AIDS Philanthropy Summit on October 28-29, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The FCAA Summit is the premier national conference for grantmakers interested in HIV/AIDS and social justice-related philanthropy, attracting approximately 200 foundation leaders and experts in the field annually. This year’s theme is:

 “Keeping AIDS in the Headlines: Maintaining Focus, Expanding Priorities”


At this year’s summit we will explore what it means to be an AIDS funder in 2019, discussing topics such as:

  • What is the way forward, AIDS exceptionalism or AIDS mainstreaming?
  • How and why do funders center HIV within other priorities?
  • How do funders measure success when funding HIV work that intersects with other drivers?

This year’s theme – and our new venue – also presents an opportunity to look at AIDS funding through a unique lens. Media – in all its forms – has the power both to reach the communities most impacted by HIV, as well as to inform and amplify our work. It is also a platform that can be used to ensure that HIV/AIDS stays top-of-mind, even as funding and programming becomes increasingly integrated.

Our media focus will explore the role of funders in:

  • Ensuring AIDS remains in the headlines;
  • Using the media to effectively address HIV care, prevention, and treatment; and
  • Successfully countering media inaccuracies about HIV/AIDS.

This year’s roster of sessions and speakers is inspiring. We look forward to seeing you and to conversations that will undoubtedly lead to concrete actions steps for HIV/AIDS funders. Registration is now open!


Summit registration is open to representatives from any public or private grantmaking entity or philanthropic infrastructure organization (i.e., board members, staff, grant advisory committee members, etc.).  Registration includes lunch and a reception on the first day, and breakfast and lunch on day two. 

Please note, by registering for this event, you are also agreeing to abide by FCAA’s no-solicitation policy. Please read the full policy HERE. Download this registration memo for more information. If you still have questions, please contact Sarah Hamilton

Early Bird Rates (After Thursday, 5 October )
Member* Non-Member
One Day $300 $500
Both Days $400 $600

Regular Rates (After Thursday, 5 October )

Member* Non-Member
One Day $400 $600
Both Days $500 $700


*In order to utilize the Member Rate, your institution must be a 2019 member organization of FCAA. Questions regarding your membership status, please visit FCAA’s team page or contact Sarah Hamilton at

If you are interested in learning more about Sponsorship opportunities, please download this memo.


October 28
11:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Opening Lunch
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
Summit Welcome
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Why Media Matters
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Finding the Words: Media Messaging and Strategy for HIV Justice
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2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Finding the Words: Media Messaging and Strategy for HIV Justice

Now that we have established “why media matters”, we will examine the ways in which community-generated and driven media can change narratives, correct misconceptions and anchor critical advocacy and prevention initiatives. Using HIV criminalization, the U=U campaign, and harm reduction as case studies, this session will work to answer:

  • What are the dynamics of community-generated vs mainstream media;
  • Where and how are people impacted by HIV communicating today;
  • How does access to technology impact the HIV response;
  • What are the dominant narrative frames in media coverage of HIV, and how are they evolving (or not); and
  • What is the role for HIV (and all) philanthropy moving forward?

The panel will share different perspectives, strategies and concrete tools – centered on lived experiences – to combat stigma and mobilize HIV justice worldwide.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
The Art of Storytelling in the HIV Response
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3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
The Art of Storytelling in the HIV Response

To close out the day’s focus on media and messaging, this plenary will zoom in on the role that storytelling can play in communicating about, and advocating for, the needs of people impacted by HIV. Through a facilitated conversation we will explore the role that different storytelling mediums – traditional journalism, television, social media, and media partnerships and advocacy – can play in shaping culture, fighting stigma, and changing attitudes and behaviors toward HIV/AIDS. Importantly this panel will also tackle the role of strategic philanthropy to initiate, measure, and scale up these initiatives.

5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
October 29
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am
9:15 pm - 10:30 am
Centering the Frontline: Strategies for Creative and Responsive HIV Funding
10:30 am - 10:45 am
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Networking Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Clips and Conversation: 5B
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Closing Plenary: What it Means to be an HIV Funder


Thank you to our amazing Summit Sponsors and Program Committee. We would not be able to plan and implement this event without their generous time and support.

You too can join this amazing list of organizations! Grantmakers now have the opportunity to sponsor different parts of the Summit that align with, or highlight, their grantmaking interests and impact. This is an excellent chance to demonstrate your commitment to the field of HIV and AIDS, as well as connect with an audience of leading private and pubic funders engaged in the HIV response.

Questions? Contact Sarah Hamilton or download the 2019 Summit Sponsorship Guide