Foundation support is integral to our mission to ensure the development of preventive AIDS vaccines. In fact, philanthropic foundations were responsible for the creation of IAVI.
In 1994, the Rockefeller Foundation convened an international meeting of AIDS researchers, vaccinologists, public health officials and philanthropic organizations in Bellagio, Italy, to evaluate the challenges impeding HIV vaccine development and identify ways to jump-start research. These meetings resulted in the establishment of IAVI in 1996.
Sixteen years later, foundation support remains crucial to IAVI programs, and we simply could not do all we do without the sustained support of our foundation partners.
We take every opportunity to update, engage and involve our foundation funders and keep them involved in our efforts. In addition to regular reporting, our funders are welcome to observe our work firsthand–by taking a tour of one of our labs: the AIDS Vaccine Design and Development Laboratory in New York, the IAVI Neutralizing Antibody Center at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., or the Human Immunology Laboratory in London, which works closely with several clinical research centers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Foundation giving in the form of grants can be directed to a specific project, purpose or research area. Foundations also can give unrestricted gifts, which IAVI directs to core activities in need of support.