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.

We present our 2016-2017 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.

The Spahr Center

The Spahr Center’s mission is to serve, support and empower Marin's LBGTQ community and people in our county living with and affected by HIV.


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.


The mission of Openhouse is to build housing, services and community programs to support the health and well-being of LGBT older adults so that every LGBT senior will: live in safe and stable housing that is affordable to them; be welcomed and appropriately served by all providers along the continuum of care; and be engaged with and supported by their communities of choice.
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!