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What we do

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one of the foremost independent AIDS charities in the world.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one of the foremost independent AIDS charities in the world.

About us

We fund frontline programmes that help to alleviate the pain - whether physical, emotional or financial - of those living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS, and to continue the fight against this worldwide pandemic so that no one is left behind.

Our goals

AIDS is the most devastating modern day disease. By the end of the 20th century, 50 years worth of public health gains were annihilated by AIDS, which continues to destroy lives. Our vision today, along with thousands around the world, is to create an AIDS free future through science, support and most of all compassion.

No more discrimination

Stigma is still HIV's most deadly symptom. We have cheap, easy ways to test for HIV, and ever more effective drugs to treat the HIV virus. We cannot use them if people living with or very vulnerable to HIV are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. Compassion cures discrimination. It needs no special training or qualifications, just a belief that all people deserve the chance to protect themselves and others. Without compassion, we cannot create an AIDS free future.

No more HIV infections

We fund a huge range of projects - from mobile testing units at football matches to sending SMS text reminders to pregnant women. They all make HIV testing easy, affordable, reliable and above all are offered to everyone without judgement or discrimination. It's essential that HIV testing is a routine part of public health. The work we fund is always linked to national systems, and we lobby governments ensure the structures are in place to maintain and expand them.

No More AIDS Deaths

HIV medicines are now available for as little as $100 a year. Enlightened donors, NGOs and governments have made them available to over 21.7 million people living with HIV. These medicines not only save lives, they make people living with the virus up to 96% less infectious. So it turns out compassion for those who are sick has also been the best prevention plan. We fund programmes that expand affordable, quality medical treatment to reach those who urgently need help and are still waiting.

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Total amount we have raised to date


Amount out of every £1 we generated in 2017 that went towards our goal of an AIDS free future


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We now have the tools to contain and reduce the spread of the HIV virus.

And yet, almost 1 million people died of AIDS and related causes last year worldwide. In certain groups – such as Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM), Sex Workers and People Who Inject Drugs – the scale of the epidemic is actually growing, instead of decreasing.

The reasons for this trend are not that we do not have the tools and services to address the problem, but due to a lack of access to such tools and services.


We believe this lack of access is driven by stigma and discrimination. 

Vulnerable groups are those with the greatest need for help and support, and yet are the same groups who are most marginalised and isolated by their own governments, communities and society as a whole.

We believe that the only way to create an AIDS free future is to ensure that no one gets left behind in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We have therefore designed a new strategic response to fit the current epidemic, which will have a much greater focus on key populations at higher risk.


If you are sure that your project meets all of the required criteria, then we invite you to complete and submit an online Concept Note.

Speculative applications by email cannot be accepted and all such applications will not be reviewed.

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Our progress


People supported through our programmes in 2017


We are the 4th largest philanthropic funder of global HIV grants


People have accessed HIV treatment through programmes we've funded since 2010