Wise Giving Wednesday: World AIDS Day

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Wednesday, December 1st is World AIDS Day. According to the World Health Organization, the UN agency dedicated to global health and safety, in 2020, there were over 37 million people living with AIDS throughout the world and 680,000 people died from HIV-related causes. However, about 73% of people living with HIV received lifelong antiretroviral therapy in 2020. This year’s theme for World AIDS Day is to “End inequalities: End AIDS” by reaching people who do not have access to needed HIV services.

Since World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988 it has sought to bring more attention to the HIV epidemic and encourage others to take steps to improve responses and work towards eventually ending this disease. Some will recognize this day by wearing a red HIV awareness ribbon. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has produced a digital toolkit for World AIDS Day to help create messaging on HIV issues.

For those seeking to honor this day by donating to a charity addressing HIV related issues, BBB Wise Giving Alliance provides the following listing of charities that are BBB Accredited (i.e., that meet the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.)  

AID for AIDS International

AIDS Foundation Houston

AIDS Volunteers

amfAR, Foundation for AIDS Research

Amref Health Africa

Boulder County AIDS Project

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

God’s Love We Deliver

Housing Works

One Heartland

Video of the Week

As part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to provide a video featuring Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science and the Public (a BBB Accredited Charity) an organization that works to expand scientific literacy, STEM education, and scientific research.  The organization also publishes Science News magazine, which includes science-related journalism, editorial content and educational products.

Heart of Giving Podcast

In this week’s Heart of Giving Podcast, we interview Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. We chat with Asha about her expectations for the day and how she sees the evolution of GivingTuesday from a movement to an institution. Asha provides a firsthand account of how the day became a global phenomenon. 

Recent Reports

We are always working with charities to publish or update reports for donors. Visit Give.org or local BBBs to check out any charity before giving. Our recently evaluated charities include:

Finally, remember to let us know by going to give.org/charity-inquiry if you are interested in seeing a report on a charity not on the list and we will do our best to produce one.

H. Art Taylor, President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance 

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