San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Announces AIDSWatch 2014 Matching Grant!


Washington DC ~ April 28-29, 2014


San Diego Human Dignity Foundation will grant up to 8 consumers living with HIV in San Diego County 50% of the cost for attending this 3 day event. To qualify consumers must be nominated by a recognized San Diego AIDS/HIV Service Provider who has received funding from San Diego Human Dignity Foundation in 2014 or 2013. We will make all the flight Axie Infinity game overview and hotel accommodations and cover the cost of meals as well. The sponsoring agency and/or individual will need to raise $800 to receive the matching grant.

Join us for the largest annual national constituent-based advocacy event focused on HIV and AIDS in the United States. A partnership of Treatment Access Expansion Project, AIDS United and the US People Living with HIV Caucus, AIDSWatch draws hundreds of HIV-positive advocates and their allies to Washington DC to educate Members of Congress and their staff about HIV/AIDS. All participants are provided with training on current science, legislative agendas, and conducting effective meetings with their elected representation.

  • Training will take place on Monday, April 28 at FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC.

  • Meetings with Congressional offices will take place throughout the day on Tuesday, April 29, and will be scheduled by regional/state coordinators.

  • Registration for AIDSWatch is free and includes continental breakfast and lunch on April28th. Meals can only be guaranteed for those who have registered by March 31, 2014.

  • Special rate available at Hotel Palomar for AIDSWatch participants. A block of rooms at discounted rates have been established at Hotel Palomar, located in Dupont Circle, just a few blocks from the Training Site at FHI 360 Conference Center. To obtain the conference rate, let reservations know you are attending AIDSWatch.

    $209/night + 14.5% tax. Rate is available for Sunday, April 27 and Monday, April 28, andmust be booked by March 28, 2014.
    Reservations: (877) 866-3070
To apply please send an e-mail including the name of the consumer, why this person is being nominated by the agency and a brief bio to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This is first come first serve and the application process will close February 22. All matching funds must be received by March21. For more information contact Executive Director, John L. Brown at 619-291-3383 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative and San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Award Grant

Stepping Stone of San Diego Receives over $32,000 in SDHDF Funding

Pictured above: SDHDF Executive Director, John L. Brown; Stepping Stone CEO, Catherine Aquino; and Stepping Stone Board Chairman, Dario Jones


The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is proud to announce two grant awards, totaling over $32,000.00 to Stepping Stone of San Diego, a non-profit alcohol and drug recovery organization that offers intensive residential treatment and other recovery programs to the LGBT community and HIV infected individuals.

Through the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, Stepping Stone secured $25,000.00 to support their drug and alcohol treatment programs. The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative is supported in part by the Sunshine Brooks Fund at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. The Sunshine Brooks Fund was established by the AIDS Foundation San Diego to continue their work supporting services in San Diego County to address the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2008, this fund was transferred to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. Thanks to the extreme generosity of Hattie (Sunshine) Brooks, SDHDF serves as a valuable resource for addressing HIV issues. Stepping Stone is dedicated to helping individuals who want to be treated for their alcohol and drug problems with their co-occurring disorders. The organization has been serving the LGBT community and HIV infected individuals since 1976. Their services include a 6 month intensive residential drug and alcohol treatment program and transitional housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

An additional grant of $7,157 was awarded to Stepping Stone via the AIDS Walk San Diego Double Match Grant program. A new program introduced in 2013, this program in conjunction with the San Diego LGBT Community Center and AIDS Walk San Diego, awards qualified HIV/AIDS service organizations with a double match for funds raised at AIDS Walk San Diego. Due to the hard work of the Stepping Stone team and the vital work they do for the community, it was the pleasure of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation to provide them with this well-deserved award.

“Stepping Stone would like to thank John Brown and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation for awarding our organization with this grant. The program recognizes the importance of integrating medical and psychiatric issues throughout the treatment process. These funds will allow us to continue to provide case management services to HIV infected individuals receiving treatment in our program.” –Catherine Aquino, Chief Executive Officer, Stepping Stone of San Diego


San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative Awards Grant

San Diego Youth Services Receives $25,000 From San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative

Pictured above: San Diego Youth Services Staff and CEO Walter Philips with San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Executive Director, John L. Brown


The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is proud to announce an award of $25,000 to San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) as part of the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, to fund the Peer Education Empowerment Program (PEEP). PEEP answers questions regarding your sexual safety or sexuality and give the current, truthful, and reliable information dealing with Sexual Health, STD's, and other Health related issues. The check presentation took place on January 28th, 2014 at San Diego Youth Services main office.

“San Diego Youth Services is excited to continue our partnership with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. Your support will help us to provide HIV/STI health education groups and outreach to high risk and LGBTQ youth in our community,” says Jan Stankus, SDYS program manager who oversees PEEP. “The grant will support our work in educating youth about testing sites, the importance of knowing their HIV status and providing a connection for health care for youth who test positive.”

The SDHDF announced earlier this year two new grant programs to give qualified non-profit organizations serving the greater LGBT community grant additional resources to fund their service programs. The SDHDF is the sole LGBT community foundation in San Diego dedicated to providing permanent, endowed sources of funds to support programs and projects promoting equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, and human dignity. They work to strengthen LGBT organization and leadership and nurture philanthropic giving to support LGBT persons and the broader community.

San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) is a non-profit charitable organization that since founded, has stabilized the lives of hundreds of thousands homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth in the San Diego area. Our mission is to help at-risk youth and their families become self-sufficient and reach their highest potential. Visit or call (619) 221-8600.






The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), founded in 1996, is committed to working with you to improve the quality of life in San Diego’s LGBT community by promoting responsible philanthropy to enact positive social change. SDHDF is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Announces New Grant Programs!

The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s board of directors is proud to announce the star of two new grant opportunites to benefit San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community starting this year. In one program SDHDF will designate up to $50,000 to match qualifying donations to participating LGBT non-profit organizations for the time period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Certian qualifying restrictions will apply. In the second program, the SDHDF Board of Directors has designated up to $100,000 from its general endowment to be expended in a direct grant program for the upcoming year.  Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded to qualifying organizations that deliver strong programs and services to the LGBT community.


Click here to read more about our new grant programs!




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