American Foundation for AIDS Research

American Foundation for AIDS Research
Abbreviation amfAR
Motto Making AIDS History
Formation September 1983 (1983-09)
Merger of AIDS Medical Foundation
National AIDS Research Foundation
Tax ID no. 13-3163817[1]
Legal status Research charity
Focus AIDS Research
Headquarters New York, NY
Region Worldwide
Founding Chair Mathilda Krim, Ph.D.[2]
Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole[2]
Chief Executive Officer Kevin Frost[2]
Vice Chairmen Patricia J. Matson
John C. Simons[2]
Board of directors Kenneth Cole (Chair)
Michael J. Klingensmith
Mathilde Krim, Ph.D.
Patricia J. Matson
Vincent A. Roberti
Wallace Sheft, C.P.A.
Mervyn F. Silverman, M.D., M.P.H.
John C. Simons[3]
Revenue [4]
Expenses [4]
Endowment [4]
Mission amfAR identifies critical gaps in our knowledge of HIV/AIDS, and supports promising early-stage studies that often lack the preliminary data required by more traditional funders.
Website amfAR

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.


In the early 1980s, a group of researchers and scientists including Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., then a researcher at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, formed an informal study group to investigate the condition that came to be known as AIDS. In 1983, Dr. Krim, Dr. Joseph Sonnabend, Michael Callen, and several others launched the New York-based AIDS Medical Foundation. In Los Angeles, Dr. Michael S. Gottlieb and Elizabeth Taylor spearheaded the creation of the National AIDS Research Foundation. The two organizations merged in September 1985 to become american foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).

Charity Watch rates Foundation for AIDS Research a "B" grade.[5]

Charity Navigator rates amfAR a four-star charity.[6]


As an advocate of evidence-based AIDS-related public policy, amfAR works to secure necessary increases in funding for HIV/AIDS research, implement the new national HIV/AIDS strategy, expand access to care and treatment, and protect the civil rights of all people affected by HIV.


  1. ^ "Form 990". amfAR Investors Relations. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Leadership". amfAR. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Leadership: Board of Trustees". amfAR. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Grant Thorton, LLP. "Financial Statements Together with Report of Independent Certified Public Accountants". Investor Relations. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report, Volume Number 59, December 2011
  6. ^ Charity Navigator Rating - amfAR

External links

  • Official website
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