About Beyond AIDS Foundation

HELP US REVERSE THE COURSE OF THE HIV EPIDEMIC THROUGH SOUND PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY

Beyond AIDS Foundation
404 New York St. #7718
Redlands, CA 92373
E-mail: info@beyondaids.org
Web: www.beyondaids.org
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HISTORY AND TAX STATUS OF BEYOND AIDS AND BEYOND AIDS FOUNDATION

In August 1998, under the leadership of Cary Savitch, MD, individuals from all over the U.S., concerned about inadequacies in the national public health approach to the prevention and control of HIV, gathered for the first of a series of meetings in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in California. They formed a non-profit membership organization and named it Beyond AIDS. Beyond AIDS was incorporated in Virginia as a non-stock corporation on September 13, 1999 (SCC ID 05269642). It was registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(4) corporation (tax-exempt but not tax-deductible), EIN 54-1957919.

Subsequently, a tax-deductible subsidiary to be known as the Beyond AIDS Foundation was established to focus on education, research, and science-based policy development. The Foundation was initially incorporated in Virginia on December 7, 2000 (SCC ID No. 0551028-4), and reincorporated in Virginia as a non-stock corporation on January 20, 2014 (SCC ID No. 0773483-3). It was recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS on February 1, 2001, EIN 95-2017450, and has maintained that status continually. Despite use of the term “foundation” in its name, the Beyond AIDS Foundation is not a private foundation by IRS definitions. See also summary of current tax status, below.

Beyond AIDS funds were used whenever advocacy of legislation was undertaken. However, over the course of time, it became apparent that an insubstantial proportion of revenue was being utilized for that purpose, and the continued need for two separate corporations was questioned. At the Annual Meeting on December 9, 2018, Beyond AIDS voted to pursue merger of the two corporations. Subsequently, a Bylaws Committee was activated, and Articles of Merger were drafted, as were amended and restated Articles of Incorporation for the Foundation, and amended Bylaws for both corporations. The target date for unification is January 1, 2020, and the surviving corporation is to be the Foundation. The Foundation Board will take over control of the Foundation from Beyond AIDS.


BEYOND AIDS FOUNDATION: WHAT DOES IT STRIVE FOR?

Beyond AIDS Foundation is a non-partisan, tax-deductible national American organization committed to more effective control and prevention of the national and global spread of HIV/AIDS. We are unique, in focusing on improving public health policy to stop HIV transmission as our primary mission.

We believe that this can be achieved by effectively applying proven public health measures, such as reporting, partner notification, universal screening, and intensive work with infected persons to encourage them to participate in effective treatment, and to motivate and assist them to avoid transmission to others. Now that antiretroviral treatment has been proven capable of suppressing the virus so that it will not spread, treatment (if started early and maintained with faithful adherence) is truly prevention. Conversely, prevention is truly part of care and treatment. All of these and other techniques have been successfully utilized for other diseases for decades, but have been underutilized for HIV up to now for political and historical reasons.

In fact, during our first two decades as an organization, many traditional AIDS organizations spent considerable donated resources lobbying AGAINST the very changes we believe are scientifically necessary to control HIV. Fortunately, many of the positions of Beyond AIDS have been gaining acceptance in recent years as national policy, and are finding increased acceptance by HIV/AIDS clinics and organizations, but others will need continued and intensified efforts to achieve adoption.

Beyond AIDS Foundation looks forward to a world "beyond AIDS," in which the HIV epidemic is on a downward course and attention can be redirected to other neglected public health problems. While this once was only a dream, it now appears feasible.

Beyond AIDS Foundation advocates a balance between rights and responsibilities, and between risk avoidance and harm reduction, in protecting the lives and health of the human population. And while the struggle against HIV/AIDS epidemic is exceptional, Beyond AIDS Foundation opposes making it an exception to public health.

The organization also focuses attention on other neglected or emerging communicable disease threats for which adequate strategies are still being developed, particularly those that spread in ways similar to HIV, such as hepatitis C. We suggest that screening and education for other bloodborne and sexually transmitted infections might be cost-effectively coordinated with similar efforts for HIV/AIDS.

Our legislative efforts, originally engaged in by our separate membership organization, Beyond AIDS (which is being merged with the Foundation), no longer consumes a substantial portion of our income, but accomplishes important achievements nonetheless. We work to change laws and regulations to improve public policy on HIV, at the state, federal, and international levels.

Joining as a supporter of Beyond AIDS Foundation is open to anyone who shares these goals. Although Beyond AIDS functions primarily as a national American organization, international members are welcome, and our involvement is increasingly global in scope.

Our tax-deductible Beyond AIDS Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, devoted to education of public officials, health professionals, and the general public, as well as research, and supports our internship/fellowship program. The Board that operates the Foundation is designated by Beyond AIDS. See tax information below.

Both are registered in Virginia as nonprofit corporations. To contribute to either or both, please click on Make a Donation.


WHAT KINDS OF EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES DOES BEYOND AIDS FOUNDATION ENGAGE IN?


BEYOND AIDS SUPPORTS PUBLIC POLICIES AND LAWS TO ACHIEVE:



ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PROJECTS FROM BEYOND AIDS' FIRST 20 YEARS

Examples of State Policy and Legislative Efforts:











HOW TO GET INVOLVED?


CURRENT TAX INFORMATION (SEE ALSO HISTORY AND TAX STATUS ABOVE)

The Beyond AIDS Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded for education and research purposes in 2001, with EIN 54-2017450. Contributions are tax-deductible. It, too, is incorporated in Virginia. Despite its name, Beyond AIDS Foundation is recognized by IRS as a private charity and is neither a Section 509 grantor nor classified as a private foundation by the IRS. It is not independently endowed at this time, but depends on donations to fund its work.







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