amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research (formerly The American Foundation for AIDS Research) is an
international non-profit organizationfor HIV/ AIDSresearch, education, and public policy. Since 1985, it has invested close to $250 million from donations and issued grants to more than 2,000 research teams. [ [http://www.amfar.org/cgi-bin/iowa/amfar/history/record.html?record=6 amfAR History, Page 1] ]
Founded in 1985, amfAR had its roots in 1983 with the NY based AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF) and the Los Angeles based National AIDS Research Foundation (NARF). Its goal was to raise funds for research since the Government was slow in providing funds. AMF made its first grants in 1984 as well as beginning to educate both the public and legislators. In September 1985, amfAR was created when AMF merged with NARF, which had been incorporated in California in August 1985. [ [http://www.amfar.org/cgi-bin/iowa/amfar/history/record.html?record=6 amfAR History, Page 1] ] Influential in its founding was
Mathilde Krim, Ph.D. (the founding Co-Chairman and, at the time, a researcher at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) along with Dr. Michael Gottlieb (the other Founding Co-Chair), an LA based physician who led the National AIDS Research Foundation, and Elizabeth Taylor, the founding International Chairman. Kevin Robert Frost is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Role of Celebrities
Since its inception, many public figures have given their time, energy and money to the organization. Currently, the Chairman of the Board is
Kenneth Cole(a shoe designer who has used his ads to raise awareness about AIDS); trustees include Harry Belafonteand Natasha Richardsonand Sharon Stoneserves as the Chairman, Campaign for AIDS Research. [ [http://www.amfar.org/cgi-bin/iowa/amfar/leadership/record.html?record=2 amfAR Leadership] ] Madonna also has a long history with amfAR receiving an award for her work with the organization in the 90's. Comedian Kathy Griffinrequested guests donate money to AmfAR in lieu of giving gifts at her wedding to former husband Matt Moline in 2001.
* [http://www.amfar.org/ Official website]
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