The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established in the United States in 1992 by Sir Elton John, now headquartered in New York City. In 1993, Sir Elton also established his Foundation as a registered charity in the United Kingdom, headquartered in London. Both organizations pursue the same mission – to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS through innovative HIV prevention programs, eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and support direct HIV-related care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Together, since their inception, the U.S. and U.K. branches of the Elton John AIDS Foundation have raised over $300 million in support of worthy projects across the globe, including significant funding dedicated to programs in their respective home countries. The U.K. organization allocates similar levels of funding to programs in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The U.S. organization invests more than $6 million each year in grants to community-based projects across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean.
The U.S. organization’s grant-making program focuses on the following targeted areas:
- Gay men’s mobilization for health
EJAF awards grants to organizations working for the health of gay men, to support HIV-specific services targeted to gay men and to promote community advocacy for gay-friendly services and programs focused on gay men’s health.
- Youth mobilization for health
EJAF supports youth-led programs to mobilize a new generation of youth to promote sexual health and HIV prevention in innovative and effective ways.
- Black community mobilization for health
EJAF invests in a range of collaborations to engage Black communities in health mobilization and access to medical care, including education and advocacy for HIV testing and treatment, campaigns for comprehensive sexual health education and services, and campaigns for social and economic justice.
- Ending injection-related HIV transmission
EJAF provides funding for both policy work and front-line programs to engage people who are at risk for HIV through injection drug use in health campaigns and harm reduction programming to increase sustained access to health care along with mental health services, addiction services, and housing.
- Access to healthcare for ex-offenders
EJAF funds programs that directly and honestly address the health of people who use drugs and of people passing through correctional systems, to encourage a significant increase in HIV testing and treatment by these populations, which then can lead to a significant decrease in population-wide HIV infections and illnesses.
- Scale-up of government HIV programming
EJAF supports policy work, communications, and programming to push for effective sustained government funding of targeted combination HIV interventions and linkage to care. This includes support for advocacy to ensure federal, state, and municipal follow-through on the promise of national HIV/AIDS strategies and commitments, particularly commitments for increased HIV testing, increased access to care and reduction of HIV-related health disparities for key populations.