The El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association partnered in 1994 to create a local HIV/AIDS partnership that would provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the surrounding region working on this critical health problem. The resulting collaboration, with support from the National AIDS Fund (now AIDS United), created the BAP, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. In January 2007, the Border AIDS Partnership received its 501c3 letter of determination and continues the critical work of funding community based organizations in our region, as an independent nonprofit. Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed, in the form of effective grants, more than $1.8 million to support innovative HIV prevention programs.
The Border AIDS Partnership is a proud community partner with AIDS United
The mission of AIDS United is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States, through national, regional and local policy/advocacy, strategic grantmaking, and organizational capacity building. With partners throughout the country, AIDS United works to ensure that people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS have access to the prevention and care services they need and deserve.
The creation of AIDS United combines private-sector fundraising, philanthropy, coalition building, public policy expertise, and advocacy — as well as a network of local and state partners — to most effectively and efficiently respond to the epidemic in the communities most impacted by it.
Through its strategic grantmaking initiatives and Community Partnerships program AIDS United supports more than 400 grassroots organizations annually that provide HIV prevention, care and support services to underserved individuals and populations most impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic including communities of color, women and people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. South.
AIDS United advocates for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and the organizations that serve them. AIDS United’s policy staff has been instrumental in the development and implementation of major public health policies that improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS and ensure evidence based prevention programs to stop the spread of new infections.