Over the last 36 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. Join us on September 15 at Epi Center MedSpa at our Passport To Beauty event where we'll announce our 2016-2017 beneficiaries. Please RSVP.

We present our 2015-2016 Beneficiaries:


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.

Project Inform

Project Inform fights the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics by assuring the development of effective treatments and a cure; supporting individuals to make informed choices about their health; advocating for quality, affordable health care; and promoting medical strategies that prevent new infections.

Project Open Hand

Founded in 1985, Project Open Hand provides nutritious 'meals with love' to seniors and critically ill neighbors in San Francisco and Alameda County. Our nutritious food is like medicine, helping clients stay stronger, recover and lead healthier lives.

Positive Resource Center

The mission of the Positive Resource Center is to assist people affected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS through culturally appropriate counseling, education, training and advocacy. As a result, our clients can make more informed choices that maximize available benefits and employment opportunities.

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!