Over the last 33 years, Academy of Friends has distributed over $8.6 million to more than 73 organizations serving men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS.  Funding for these agencies is supported primarily by funds raised from our Annual Academy Awards Night Gala via the following means — Raffle Ticket Sales, Silent Auction Sales and General Ticket Sales.

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.



Mission Neighborhood Health Center   

Clínica Esperanza @ Mission Neighborhood Health Center was one of the first community-based health services centers in California and the U.S. to build a continuum of HIV prevention and treatment services focused on the needs of the Latino community.

LGBTQ Connection Napa

LGBTQ Connection is a Napa County youth program that promotes leadership, support underserved people, develops partnerships, builds the community's capacity to include and welcome LGBTQ people, increases visibility and serves as Napa County's LGBTQ hub and includes HIV Testing, counseling and prevention services.

MAITRI Compassionate Care  

Maitri is the only residential California facility offering comprehensive end-of-life care exclusively to those living with AIDS. As longtime supporters of Maitri, AOF helps the organization meet the changing needs of Californians living with AIDS in a dignified and caring manner.

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)

Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS) began as volunteers mobilized in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. With the belief that no person should have to choose between feeding themselves or their beloved pets, the volunteers created a special food bank to carry pet food and supplies

Project Open Hand

Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill including people living with HIV/AIDS. Every day, we prepare 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 400 bags of healthy groceries to help sustain our clients as they battle serious illnesses, isolation, or the health challenges.


Shanti Project offers a continuum of services designed to meet the practical and emotional support needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening illnesses. Shanti's Peer-to-Peer counseling program has become a model and benchmark for other programs throughout the U.S. and other countries.