Over the last 37 years, Academy of Friends has distributed over $8.7 million to more than 73 organizations serving men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

A rigorous grant review process determines which HIV/AIDS service agencies receive proceeds from the upcoming Academy of Friends Gala. The Board of Directors selects a diverse group of organizations providing direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS or providing HIV prevention education programs. These agencies provide a wide range of services reaching people throughout the Bay Area.

We present our 2017-2018 Beneficiaries:



AGUILAS is dedicated to creating a supportive, culturally sensitive environment for gay/bisexual Latinos. We strive to foster knowledge and pride of the diversity of our language, culture, history and spirituality. AGUILAS is committed to developing programs that promote health, well-being and community building that foster positive self-identities, healthy relationships and leadership skills.


AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP)

The Mission of ALRP is to help people with HIV/AIDS maintain or improve their health by resolving their legal issues. ALRP accomplishes this mission by providing free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

HIV/AIDS Nightline

HIV/AIDS Nightline responds to over 10,000 calls annually from all over the United States. What makes the Nightline unique is their hours. For people receiving their HIV test results after work at a clinic, to people just having a night of unsafe sexual exposure, the program is often the only resource open for immediate care.


Maitri provides compassionate residential care to people living with AIDS in need of hospice or 24-hour care and cultivates the deepest respect and love for life among its residents and caregivers.

Positive Resouce Center

Positive Resource Center remains the only place for people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities to get comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services in San Francisco.

Project Open Hand

At Project Open Hand, their medically-tailored food helps clients recover from illness, get stronger and lead healthier lives. Project Open Hand services assist those with AIDS/HIV. Project Open Hand's vision is that no one who is sick or elderly in our community will go without nutritious meals with love.
Our 2016 Check Presentation at Room & Board in San Francisco. We love the Gala, but this is a close second as our favorite event!

Our 2016 Check Presentation at Room & Board in San Francisco. We love the Gala, but this is a close second as our favorite event!