partner profiles

The National AIDS Memorial relies solely on funding from personal donors and corporate partners to support its mission and programs. Here are profiles highlighting some of our partners.

Gilead is an important and long-standing partner of the National AIDS Memorial.  Gilead’s leadership cannot be understated as last year the company provided a $2.4 million grant to fund moving the AIDS Memorial Quilt to San Francisco under the care and stewardship of the National AIDS Memorial.

The grant was the largest ever received by the National AIDS Memorial and has been crucial in moving the 48,000 panels of the Quilt to its permanent home to ensure that the iconic treasure can tell the story of AIDS to future generations.  The grant is also providing important resources to support the Quilt programs, which includes new educational efforts, displays, panel making and conservation, to help reach communities and populations adversely impacted by HIV through the symbolism of the Quilt.

Gilead’s support for the National AIDS Memorial doesn’t end there.  The company is a major funder of the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, which is providing financial support to young people who are carrying the torch of Pedro’s legacy into the future.  

Gilead’s Douglas Brooks placing rose on Quilt at announcement ceremony


Gilead has had a tremendous impact as a scientific leader in the development of therapeutic treatments for HIV/AIDS and, through its philanthropic efforts, has made a difference for causes and in communities impacted by the disease.  It has provided important resources in support of the Quilt moving to San Francisco, its programs and new educational efforts to reach communities that are disproportionately impacted by HIV.”

       — John Cunningham, Executive Director of the National AIDS Memorial

“Gilead is honored to support the Quilt, which is a national treasure and a poignant tribute to those who
lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. We are proud to be a long-standing partner to the National AIDS Memorial,
supporting its work to educate and inspire a new generation of advocates in the fight to end the
epidemic.”

       — Daniel O’Day, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gilead Sciences

Five years ago the National AIDS Memorial launched a multi-year AIDS oral history project called Surviving Voices to ensure that stories and lessons of the epidemic are captured, curated, and retained for future generations.  

Through Chevron’s leadership as the presenting sponsor of the program, these important stories are being brought to the forefront, which serve as an important source of resilience, hope, activism and healing.  Although steeped in tragedy and prejudice, the story of AIDS is rich in relentless determination, and powerful in its success; a story with abundant lessons for current and future generations, as our nation confronts ongoing social justice challenges.

For years, Team Chevron employees have volunteered countless hours to maintain the memorial Grove, supported World AIDS Day events and inspired many through their Quilt making programs that honor people who have died of AIDS.

Chevron is a long-standing partner of the National AIDS Memorial, stepping up in so many ways to support our work, to help us share stories, to show its commitment in helping ensure that the lessons of the pandemic are forever captured in our hearts.


In 2020, Vivent Health announced a long-term partnership with the National AIDS Memorial as the Premier National Community Partner of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to support Quilt programs and educational activities, including displays of the Quilt in communities across the United States.

Vivent Health began the partnership by displaying ten sections of the Quilt, consisting of 80 individual panels, at Vivent Health offices in six cities in Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin.  The Quilt sections on display tnclude panels that represent each geographic area, providing an important educational resource for employees and the public about HIV/AIDS. 

The Quilt remains one of the most poignant reminders of the breadth and scope of the HIV epidemic. We are honored to join forces and expand education and awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in pursuit of our vision of a world without AIDS.”

       — Michael J. Gifford, President and Chief Executive Officer for Vivent Health

Quest Diagnostics is an important partner with the National AIDS Memorial, providing leadership around annual World AIDS Day observances and as a lead supporter of the memorial’s Community Volunteer Workday program.  

The sacred ground of the 10-acre, living memorial honors all who have confronted the tragic HIV/AIDS pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils and supported each other during their final hours.

Throughout the year, Gilead team members volunteer in the memorial’s grove and the company has helped fund new equipment, plants, trees and shrubberies and support maintenance and hardscape improvements.

“The community volunteer workdays are at the heart of our mission in keeping our10-acre memorial grove a beautiful space for healing and remembrance,” says National AIDS Memorial executive director John Cunningham.

Since 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workday, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs. 


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

In 2019, the Names Project Foundation and the National AIDS Memorial agreed to jointly gift care and of the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s archival collections to the prestigious American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, making this collection available through the world’s largest public library.

This archival collection currently totals more than 200,000 items. It includes biographical records, correspondence, photographs, tributes, epitaphs, news clippings and artifacts submitted by panel makers that add context about the lives memorialized on the Quilt panels. The archive also documents the creation, marketing and exhibition of the Quilt over the past 32 years. Digital assets include images of all the Quilt blocks and detailed information about the creators of quilt panels.

Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

The American Folklife Center will preserve the archival records, which will be made available to researchers and the public after archivists process and organize the materials. 

The National AIDS Memorial and Library of Congress are working together with other partners to digitize the archival collections so they can be connected to the Quilt panels which can be viewed online at AIDSMemorial.org

“The Library of Congress is proud to serve as the home of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt Archive to preserve its legacy and give the memorial a home on both the East Coast and West Coast... The Quilt and its archive – including letters, photographs and personal mementos – help to humanize and demonstrate the scale of the AIDS pandemic in a powerful way while honoring the lives lost.”

      — Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

AIDS TOUCH QUILT

This digitization of all 48,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt is the result of nearly two decades of work by Anne Balsamo and Dale MacDonald, who have worked together with researchers, web designers, and technical experts, to develop AIDS Quilt Touch.  The web-based platform makes the Quilt and the stories of each individual commemorated in its panels accessible online today through the National AIDS Memorial.

The AIDS Quilt Touch team began its vision to help share the Quilt with the world by partnering with the NAMES Project Foundation and other supporters which have included Onomy Labs, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Microsoft Research, Brown University, University of Southern California, artist Jon Winetand, the University of Iowa, The New School and ATEC at The University of Texas at Dallas, among others.

As technology and new digital platforms have changed in recent years, AIDS Quilt Touch has continued with the enhancement, refinement and technical improvements to the interactive AIDS Quilt experience.  Partnering with the National AIDS Memorial, which became the new stewards of the Quilt in 2020, an enhanced version of AIDS Quilt Touch is being introduced through the memorial’s web platform so people from all around the world can see the entire Quilt, search for names, and experience the stories of each person stitched onto each panel.

“What we have learned over the years is that the power of the Quilt is unwavering, even when mediated through digital experiences,” says Balsamo, who, along with MacDonald moved to the University of Texas at Dallas, where they established the Public Interactive Research Lab (PIRL) to research and develop interactive experiences that serve the cultural good.  The  collaboration with Jon Winet continues as they work on the next iteration of the interactive AIDS Quilt experience.

“What we have learned over the years is that the power of the Quilt is unwavering, even when mediated through digital experiences,”

      — Anne Balsamo

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

The City of San Francisco was an early supporter and advocate for the National AIDS Memorial, approving a plan in 1991 to restore a dilapidated and unusable part of Golden Gate Park - the de Laveaga Dell – to create and maintain the 10-acre memorial in the Grove.  Guided by the Recreation and Park Department, a team of prominent architects, landscape architects, and designers, along with a committee of volunteers, dedicated countless hours to create a landscape plan that would be fitting as a timeless living memorial. That work led to the groundbreaking and first Community Volunteer Workday for the AIDS Memorial in 1991.

That time represented some of the darkest days of the pandemic, with nobody knowing what the future held for AIDS or how many more would die from the disease.  That devastated community came together, to create the AIDS Grove, first as a place where all lives touched by AIDS could gather in solidarity, in the midst of widespread prejudice and stigma. What began as a comforting garden setting for compassion and remembrance evolved into an important national memorial dedicated to all those lost, as well as to keeping the history of the epidemic alive. 

That dedication, commitment and support set in motion passage of legislation spearheaded by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 making the Grove this nation's sole federally-designated National AIDS Memorial. 

“Of the one thousand acres in Golden Gate Park, the ten that make up the National AIDS Memorial are perhaps its most significant and certainly some of its most beautiful.  We are honored to be a partner in helping honor the lives of loved ones lost to AIDS by creating a place people can build hope from despair.”

      — Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

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