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A Message from the Elton John Foundation

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is proud to have been identified as the top funder of LGBTQ programs in the Southern United States according to a new report by Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues.

EJAF topped the list of philanthropic funders of LGBTQ programs in the South at more than $1.7 million in investments during 2013-2014. For EJAF, funding LGBTQ-focused programs is particularly important because homophobia and transphobia are two of the most significant drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and LGBTQ people are among the populations at highest risk for HIV infection.

“We are proud to be the largest funder of LGBTQ programs in the U.S. South, but we believe the foundation community and corporate funders can and must do more,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “Every foundation on this list, should see this as a challenge to help even more people gain access to the programs and services they need. We will continue to mobilize resources to create creative and courageous programming that advance the health and rights of LGBTQ communities.”

We are deeply grateful to all of our generous and loyal donors for supporting EJAF’s lifesaving work.

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