The Washington AIDS Partnership brings together ideas, people, and resources to effectively address HIV/AIDS in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. As an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the Partnership invests more than $1 million annually in local organizations to improve HIV/AIDS services. The Partnership also provides technical assistance to local nonprofits to increase capacity and expertise, facilitates public policy initiatives to improve the regional HIV/AIDS service system, and each year, recruits and mentors a team of young people who provide direct volunteer service in the community.
In 1987, a Ford Foundation study determined that the most effective private-sector response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic would come from the local level. This led to the creation of AIDS United to encourage local philanthropy to become involved in combating HIV/AIDS. Because the Greater Washington region was deeply affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Ford Foundation invited the D.C. community to become one of AIDS United’s eight original partner sites.
In 1988, the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and 20 local funders joined to found the Partnership which began funding a wide range of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services. After five years of nurturing at the Meyer Foundation, the Partnership became an initiative of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in 1993. Since 1989, the Partnership has granted over $27 million, including almost $7 million dollars raised from national sources to match local contributions. Over 150 organizations and thousands of people have benefited from grants awarded by the Partnership and its programs.