About our Beneficiaries

The Telluride AIDS Benefit is honored to raise money to support the work of our beneficiaries. TAB funds go to five organizations in Colorado, one in Utah and two in Africa. 

85% of TAB funds stay in the state of Colorado, primarily on the Western Slope and in the Denver Metro area where 50% of the state's HIV infections originate. Colorado AIDS Project Goal is to see zero new infections in the state by 2030. 

According to UNAIDS, In 2014, there were 25.8 million people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa with women accounting for more than half of the total number.

TAB funds are uniquely important to beneficiaries as they are not restricted like federal/state funds and can help organizations during critical moments. Funds go towards prevention, education and patient care. Often times, TAB funds are used for transportation costs of getting to medical appointments and other very basic patient needs.

Colorado & Utah Beneficiaries

WestCAP began in 1985 as a grassroots response to people dying from AIDS on the Western Slope. The primary goal was to help those with AIDS live the rest of their lives with dignity and quality. In 2015 WestCAP served over 250 clients; 50 of which were new cases. Over 4,000 individuals on the Western Slope are reached annually with outreach, education and free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing.

Funds that go to the University of Colorado Hospital Foundation are used to facilitate collaboration with the Western Colorado Specialty Care Clinic at St. Mary’s Family Medicine. Together they assist clients with HIV/AIDS in western Colorado. This program provides care to over 1,700 HIV+ persons at the main clinic in Aurora and to over 500 HIV+ persons in collaboration with other clinics around the state. 

CHIP has been the sole provider of specialized care for children with HIV infection in the Rocky Mountain region since its inception in 1991. CHIP's mission is to lead in the provision of innovative, client-centered care and research and prevention programs that improve the health and quality of life for children, youth, young adults, pregnant women and families living with, affected by or at risk of HIV infection.

Brother Jeff's Community Health Initiative mission is to reduce the disproportionate HIV and AIDS rate among African Americans and to enhance the quality of life for African Americans living with HIV and AIDS regardless of age, faith, background or sexual orientation. Last year, the initiative educated several thousand individuals across the state; supplied cases of free condoms and education materials; and helped people living with HIV and AIDS access housing, treatment and employment. 

“As national and statewide funding continues to move to a clinical and treatment model, BJCHI continues to be dedicated to prevention, particularly with high-risk populations. We believe prevention is vital in the fight against HIV. As such, we do not pursue clinical or care funding. This is why the support of TAB has been vital over the years.”
– Brother Jeff Fard

The Red Ribbon Project (RRP) started in 1996 with the goal of building HIV/AIDS awareness in the Eagle County community. As the organization evolved, the outreach expanded to include HIV/AIDS prevention strategies targeting youth. RRP impacts youth with powerful, strengths-based programs that inspire self-confidence and healthy decision making. For twenty-one years RRP has provided Youth Skills Building classes, free HIV testing, and educational resources to the Eagle County community.

STDs don’t discriminate. Anyone of any age, gender, or background can get one. In an effort to keep the Moab community healthy and informed, the Moab Free Health Clinic offers confidential HIV/STD (HIV, Hepatitis C, Chlamydia, Gonnorhea) testing. The Moab Free Health Clinic (MFHC) is a non-profit, community-supported safety net clinic established in direct response to our community’s need for access to affordable healthcare.

African Beneficiaries

ETHIOPIAN FAMILY FUND, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Family Fund works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where HIV/AIDS is widespread in Ethiopia, and much fear and misinformation surrounds it.  Many people who test positive for HIV/AIDS are ostracized from their families and communities, and this is especially difficult for women and children, who don’t have many places they can turn to for their survival. EFF helps to run an orphanage for babies and children with HIV/AIDS and we assist young mothers with HIV/AIDS to get assistance, job training and medical care.

MANZANI YOUTH CARE, Manzini, Swaziland
Manzini Youth Care (MYC) provides the basic needs of food, shelter, education, training, life skills, and medical care for orphaned or abandoned children in Swaziland, Africa. Such a need arises from the devastating effects of Swaziland’s HIV/AIDS pandemic. MYC provides outreach and transitional care for children living on the streets and, when possible, children are re-integrated into their communities. However, MYC provides ongoing residential care for those children with nowhere else to go. Swaziland is a difficult place with an unsupportive monarchy and MYC relies on the generosity of individuals and outside funders. 

“TAB and the community of Telluride have provided over $100,000 in the past 8 years to the orphans of Swaziland. This is a tremendous amount for a country where many workers earn less than $5 a day.”
– Ed Hendrickson, Founder, Manzini Youth Care