Elton John AIDS Foundation

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Elton John AIDS Foundation
EJAF logo.jpg
Founded  • 1992 (United States)
 • 1993 (United Kingdom)
Founder Elton John
Focus HIV/AIDS
Location
Website  • ejaf.org (U.S.)
 • ejaf.com (U.K.)

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is a nonprofit organization, established by rock musician Sir Elton John – in 1992 in the United States and 1993 in the United Kingdom[1] – to support innovative HIV/AIDS prevention, education programs, direct care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

It has raised over $200 million to support HIV/AIDS programs in fifty-five countries.[2]

The organization supports its work through proceeds from special events, cause-related marketing projects, and voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

In 1993, the organization began hosting the annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party.

Origins[edit]

The organization was inspired by John's young friend, Ryan White, a young AIDS sufferer infected by a blood transfusion, who died in the early 1990s. White's personable and compassionate persona helped to achieve the tolerance and acceptance towards sufferers of the disease.[3] The organization continues this effort.

Patrons[edit]

Patrons include:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (October 16, 2009). "Robert Key – Robert Key, Who Died on October 15 Aged 62, Had Been Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) in Britain for the Past 16 Years". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 23, 2012. "Sir Elton John established the Foundation in the United States in 1992, with a headquarters in New York, and the following year set up a British arm."
  2. ^ Staff (October 19, [no year given). "Elton John on His Idol, Leon Russell" (video (1:50); requires Adobe Flash; transcript provided). Reuters. Retrieved August 23, 2012. "The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised of the 200 million dollars to support programs in 55 countries."
  3. ^ JWP (04/22/2013). "Ryan White's Legacy: Elton John, Greg Louganis Reveal How Boy With AIDS Impacted Their Lives ". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Staff (undated). "Our Patrons". Elton John AIDS Foundation (UK). Retrieved August 23, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • ejaf.org, the foundation's official U.S. website
  • ejaf.com, the foundation's official U.K. website