Gilead COMPASS Initiative® Awards More Than $2 Million to 30 Organizations Fighting HIV Stigma Across the U.S. South

2022 Transformative Grants Are Part of 10-Year, More Than $100 Million Collaboration Between Gilead Sciences, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Southern AIDS Coalition, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and Wake Forest University School of Divinity

(June 28, 2022) – Today, Gilead Sciences’ COMPASS Initiative® (COMPASS) awarded $2,194,000 to 30 organizations working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States as part of its 2022 Transformative Grant awards. The grantees represent some of the most innovative and impactful organizations actively working to fight stigma, increase access to health services and build local leadership for people living with HIV in the U.S. South – a region accounting for 52% of new HIV diagnoses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grantees were chosen by the COMPASS Coordinating Centers: Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Southern AIDS Coalition, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

This is the fifth year of Transformative Grant funding, which to date has invested over $7.5 million in more than 80 organizations across the Southern United States.

“We are more than 40 years into the HIV epidemic and have yet to find a cure,” said Kia Colbert, Director, COMPASS Coordinating Center at Emory University. “Our Transformative Grant partners are not only providing life-saving essential support to people impacted by HIV, but are also building valuable community programs, addressing harmful stigma and partnering with faith-based organizations to truly change lives.”

Today’s Transformative Grants announcement comes just weeks after Gilead was named the top overall philanthropic funder of HIV/AIDS programs, as revealed by the annual tracking report released by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). The urgency of Gilead’s work has become more important now than ever, as the CDC recently announced in its 2020 HIV Surveillance Report that HIV testing plunged across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – leading to fears that after decades of declines, the national HIV transmission rate may be rising.

“The CDC’s 2020 HIV Surveillance Report underscores the urgency of supporting people impacted by HIV, particularly in the Southern United States,” said Dr. Shanell L. McGoy, Director of Public Affairs, Corporate Giving at Gilead Sciences. “Our Transformative Grant partners are on the ground in HIV hotspots fighting stigma head-on. As the number one funder of HIV programs, Gilead is immensely proud to support the new and seasoned advocates who have been on the front line of this fight for years.”

Meet 2022 Transformative Grant Partners.

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