A project of the Council of Michigan Foundations
During its years of operation, the mission of the Michigan AIDS Fund was “to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and alleviate the suffering associated with the epidemic by raising funds to effectively address the HIV/AIDS epidemic through grantmaking, technical assistance, and education.”
In a rare coalescence of timing, energy, and inspiration, three entities felt the urgent need for a private philanthropy response to AIDS in Michigan during the late 1980s. Michigan’s then Department of Public Health, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation began to shape a groundbreaking funding collaborative unlike anything attempted in Michigan prior. With major leadership grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), the Metro Health Foundation, and the C.S. Mott Foundation, and a loaned program officer, Barbara Getz, from the Kresge Foundation, the Michigan AIDS Fund work began in earnest.
During its 20 years of active leadership, the Michigan AIDS Fund was supported by more than 40 foundations and corporate giving programs, as well as dozens of individuals, as it teamed with the state of Michigan and the National AIDS Fund to distribute approximately $12 million to nonprofit organizations addressing issues related to HIV and AIDS throughout the state.
In 2009, the Michigan AIDS Fund and the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project completed a merger to form the Michigan AIDS Coalition. This community-based organization continues the Michigan AIDS Fund vision of HIV/AIDS advocacy, education, and outreach.