ETAF and m2m Partner for Benefit Dinner

ETAF and m2m Partner for Benefit Dinner

On October 24th, ETAF’s newest Ambassador, Zac Posen, gifted his birthday to raise funds for ETAF and our grantee partner, mothers2mothers (m2m). ETAF has joined forces with m2m to eliminate pediatric AIDS and increase access to healthcare for families in Malawi. Co-hosted by Paris Jackson, the intimate event took place at the historic Green Acres estate in Beverly Hills.  Following an elegant cocktail reception, guests enjoyed a seated dinner with a specially curated menu from designer Posen’s premiere cookbook: Cooking With Zac.

Residents of Nkosi’s Haven Treated to Visit by Hollywood Stars

Residents of Nkosi’s Haven Treated to Visit by Hollywood Stars

Hollywood came to Nkosi’s Haven this week‚ when US actors Scott Wolf‚ from MNet's medical series The Night Shift‚ and Alexandra Daddario‚ star of the recent film Baywatch‚ dropped in to visit the community.

“Do you ever get nervous if you meet a really famous person‚ like Chris Brown?" asked one of the excited teenagers at the HIV/Aids haven.

“Of course‚ some people I meet I get completely starstruck‚” responded Daddario.

Sprinkles launches Elizabeth Taylor Red Velvet to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation!

Sprinkles launches Elizabeth Taylor Red Velvet to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation!

During the month of July, Sprinkles will sell its most popular flavor adorned with Elizabeth Taylor’s trademark beauty. Following the successful launch of its Summer Icon Series in June, Sprinkles has added a charitable element to this month’s cupcake and will donate a portion of proceeds from the Elizabeth Taylor cupcake to ETAF. Now you can indulge and give back at the same time!

Living Proof A Diagnosis Can Be Just The Beginning

Living Proof A Diagnosis Can Be Just The Beginning

Dec. 1 was a day Joel Goldman will never forget. That was the day - World AIDS Day- that he brought Whoopi Goldberg to tears. Goldman, BS'85, helped to arrange a surprise tribute to the actress during ABC's The View when she received the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award for her career of advocacy. A video tribute included messages Goldman gathered from Colin Farrell and Elton John.

“A Hotbed for HIV and AIDS.” The Duo of Funders Meeting LGBT Needs in the South

“A Hotbed for HIV and AIDS.” The Duo of Funders Meeting LGBT Needs in the South

Did you know that a third of LGBT Americans live in the South? Or that this region is home to 44 percent of the nation’s HIV population? These statistics are especially notable considering that LGBT funders have historically directed their grant dollars to other parts of the U.S., shortchanging the South.

The good news is that there are signs that this trend is changing—with LGBT funding to the South climbing 52 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to a recent report by Funders for LGBT Issues. Among other things, community foundations in the South and Southeast have been stepping things up in terms of LGBT grantmaking.

Two national funders keeping a keen eye on the South these days are the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), which have been working collaboratively to support HIV/AIDS and LGBT organizations in the region. Most recently, the two foundations announced nearly a half-million dollars in grants to nine organizations in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida to support their efforts to advance LGBT rights and thwart the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Grandchildren Reflect on Their Family’s Legacy of Giving

Elizabeth Taylor’s Grandchildren Reflect on Their Family’s Legacy of Giving

Elizabeth Taylor’s is remembered as much for her philanthropic efforts off-screen and she is for her iconic performances.

Her family now runs the AIDS foundation that shares her name, and at Town & Country’s fourth annual Philanthropy Summit, several of her grandchildren—Naomi Wilding, Quinn Tivey, Tarquin Wilding, and Rhys Tivey—along with one of her great-grandsons, Finn McMurray, sat down with actress Judith Light to talk about her legacy.

A Historic Moment To End AIDS, How We Will Do It, And The Critical Role Of PEPFAR Funding

A Historic Moment To End AIDS, How We Will Do It, And The Critical Role Of PEPFAR Funding

“90-90-90 to break the AIDS epidemic by 2020.” It’s a brilliant public health strategy developed by UNAIDS that holds “treatment as prevention” at its core. The success of the strategy lies in getting people tested and on treatment so they are virally suppressed and no longer infectious. 90-90-90 is working and we are on the precipice of ending the deadliest pandemic in human history. News that the current administration is proposing significant cuts to AIDS funding globally is tragic, however, for the people around the world who will die, and for the incredible progress made. Specifically, the current budget proposes to reduce US spending on AIDS relief by about $1.1 billion out of a $6 billion budget, which comes primarily through PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief started by former President George W. Bush and largely credited with 15 years of steady global progress against the disease.

The State Department says that all people currently on treatment will be able to continue (how that’s possible given roughly 20% cuts was not made clear). But say that is possible, the bigger problem is that in much of the developing world, and in sub-Saharan Africa that carries two-thirds of the world’s HIV/AIDS burden, roughly half of the population is under age 15 and most new infections are occurring in youth ages 15-24. That means the fire – now nearly under control — will coming roaring back if the supply of medication for new infections runs dry. So, in other words, these cuts would not just stall progress, they would actually spark an inferno, a massive increase in HIV incidence and continued death and devastation around the world.