At that time, various organizations were providing HIV/AIDS services, but they rarely worked together, and there was no consensus about the most pressing needs or the best ways to address them. The Health Foundation convened a group of service providers, medical professionals, state officials and funders to discuss the HIV/AIDS problem in greater Indianapolis about how we might collaborate to help solve the gap in services and care. Those meetings resulted in several new initiatives, including the Indiana AIDS Fund, the fundraising arm of The Health Foundation, in 1994.
In 1995, The Health Foundation became a community partner of AIDS United (formerly the National AIDS Fund), a national organization that serves as a leading voice on HIV prevention. The Health Foundation began making grants for HIV/AIDS in 1990, and then expanded its grantmaking through the Indiana AIDS Fund in 1996. To date, The Foundation has granted more than $25 million to HIV/AIDS service organizations and community health providers across Indiana. The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis has been recognized for funding cutting-edge programs that otherwise would not have received funding from other sources. This high level of commitment and the courage to lead the community has kept The Health Foundation at the forefront in the fight against HIV disease for nearly two decades.
In 2018, the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis took the next step and formally incorporated the Indiana AIDS Fund as a stand-alone 501c3 public-charity, Indiana AIDS Fund, Inc., to open additional areas of fundraising efforts and to further strengthen our public/private partnership with the Indiana Department of Health, Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis, as IAFI continues to assist with statewide capacity building, project funding, and infrastructure support.