HIV Funding From Private Sources in 2018 Remained “Relatively Flat”


*This article originally appeared on POZ.

Private philanthropic funding for HIV-related causes increased $13 million between 2017 and 2018. At first glance, this might seem like good news. But a deeper dive into the global data reveals a troubling trend: Funding to fight the epidemic has “remained relatively flat.” Or worse: The numbers illustrate “the reality of the steady retreat from HIV by broader philanthropy.”

That’s how John L. Barnes, executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), interprets findings from the group’s latest report. Titled Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2019, it’s the 17th annual examination of private funding for HIV-related causes.

The report gathers data on grants listed by nearly 80 funders that, together, represent about 93% of total funding. The report also looks at information about grants on websites, 990 forms, annual reports and similar documents.

Big numbers from the report include:

  • $651,318,375—total philanthropic giving to HIV/AIDS in 2018; this represents a 2% ($13 million) increase from the previous year
  • 693—number of funders
  • 7,029—number of grants to about 3,500 grantees

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