OUR MISSION - Your Legacy

By sharing the story of the struggle against HIV/AIDS, we remember, in perpetuity, the lives lost, we offer healing and hope to survivors, and we inspire new generations of activists in the fight against stigma, denial, and hate, for a just future.

Remembrance is forever

Long after the last life is lost to the AIDS epidemic there will be one organization whose mission to tell our country’s story will remain constant—the National AIDS Memorial.

The AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park will continue to be a place of healing, remembrance, and reflection; a place consecrated in memory of every life touched by AIDS.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest community arts project in the world, is composed of more than 48,000 hand-made panels that memorialize over 100,000 people who died of AIDS. Our Quilt Display Program brings panels of the Quilt to communities across the nation and across the world, to keep the stories of AIDS in the forefront of our national conscience.

Together with the AIDS Memorial Grove and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, our engaging programs, including the AIDS Story Project, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, the Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award and our annual World AIDS Day National Observance, ensure that all remember the acts of caring, heroism, and kindness, and provide a beacon of hope for future generations.

Legacy GIVING

By working together with our staff and your financial advisor to establish a planned gift, you are leaving an enduring legacy that will ensure that the National AIDS Memorial will be able to continue it's critical work in perpetuity.

As we receive no public funding, it is up to us to secure the future of the National AIDS Memorial’s work to preserve the memory of those we lost and share the stories of all lives touched by AIDS with future generations.

There are many ways to make a legacy gift to the National AIDS Memorial. You can build a plan for charitable giving through a bequest as a provision in your will or revocable living trust. You can make the National AIDS Memorial a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance. You can designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate as a legacy gift. Gifts can be specified to benefit the National AIDS Memorial, or to a designated purpose meaningful to you.

We invite you to take the first step and contact our Executive Director, John Cunningham, at jcunningham@aidsmemorial.org, or our Director of Advancement, James Brandt, at jbrandt@aidsmemorial.org. They would be delighted to answer your questions and assist you in exploring a plan for legacy giving that meets your philanthropic needs and financial circumstances.

the national aids memorial legacy society

Our Legacy Society recognizes and honors individuals who remember the National AIDS Memorial in their will, trust, or through other methods of planned giving. By joining others who have taken this step, you can take satisfaction from knowing that you are part of a group of people who are taking action to ensure a legacy of resilience, hope, and remembrance.

We are pleased to work with Legacy Society members to write a legacy statement that shares their priorities with our community and records their values for future generations. Legacy statements become living testimonials preserved in the National AIDS Memorial archives.

“Many of us have been on the front lines of the epidemic, whether as an AIDS activist, a caretaker, a volunteer or an all-too-close witness to the horrors of the epidemic. When people were first dying and no institution could cope with the fear and enormity of AIDS, it was the San Francisco community that developed the model for care, activism, and AIDS-related solutions. It was out of that same amalgam of emotions—grief, loss, anger, and compassion—that the National AIDS Memorial Grove was born. It is the icon for healing a ravaged community and a beacon for the future.”

       — Michael Weiss (Legacy Society member)

Estate Planning

The National AIDS Memorial would be pleased to assist you in your estate planning and answer any questions you have about the Legacy Society.

Let us help - please contact:

James Brandt, Director of Advancement, 510-847-9737 or jbrandt@aidsmemorial.org

John Cunningham, Executive Director, 415-573-8420 or jcunningham@aidsmemorial.org

Legal Name: National AIDS Memorial Grove, a project of The Tides Center

Federal Tax ID: #94-3213100
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