Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to support organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, often to the most marginalized populations. Today, ETAF also provides funding for HIV prevention education and advocacy programs throughout the world, including existing organizations creating new and innovative techniques that help spread awareness of HIV prevention and treatment to targeted communities.
To date ETAF has granted to more than 675 organizations in 44 countries and 42 states in the U.S.
The path that Elizabeth Taylor paved continues through the work of ETAF. She arranged for ETAF to go on in perpetuity with the operating costs paid for by her Trust. To advance our founders’ vision of helping the most marginalized people within the AIDS community, Ms. Taylor’s friends and family are working together as ETAF Ambassadors to help keep the issue of HIV/AIDS top-of-mind for the public.
Grandchildren Naomi deLuce Wilding, Tarquin Wilding, and Caleb Wilding represent ETAF at the 2013 Macy’s Passport event which was started in Los Angeles 30 years prior by Elizabeth Taylor.
Quinn Tivey honors his grandmother’s legacy by traveling the country interviewing and photographing people with HIV/AIDS who have been helped by grants from ETAF.
Elizabeth Taylor’s eldest grand-daughter and eldest great grandson, Laela Wilding and Finn, learn about Cascade AIDS Project’s “testing4all” program in Portland, OR which is funded by an ETAF grant.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation’s operating costs are paid by Ms. Taylor’s Trust; therefore, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to helping people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Elizabeth Taylor: Legendary actress, businesswoman, fearless activist
Elizabeth Taylor’s film career spanned more than six decades. Beginning as a child star with MGM, she became one of the world’s greatest screen actresses. Among her multiple Academy Awards is the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her outstanding commitment to the AIDS cause. Ms. Taylor effortlessly kept the public fascinated beyond her screen presence – by her incandescent beauty, her courage, her humor, her business acumen, and her humanitarian spirit.
Even before her close friend Rock Hudson died in 1985 following his battle with HIV/AIDS, the legendary actress, businesswoman, and fearless activist had started her work to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease. Ms. Taylor devoted her time consistently and generously. Her passion and commitment to the cause helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars. She was one of the first celebrities to do so at a time when few would even acknowledge the disease. After cofounding the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and establishing The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), Ms.Taylor received multiple accolades honoring her important work, including the Légion d’honneur from France and the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Clinton. In 2000 Ms. Taylor was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
In March 2011 at the age of 79, the world mourned the loss of Elizabeth Taylor, but her legacy and work continue through the efforts of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
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