Another “angel” for the agency during the aftermath of Hurricane Ike was the MAC AIDS Fund. The Fund, which was so instrumental in 2007 in providing help to the agency, again helped assuage some of the financial disaster of Hurricane Ike by giving TAN $30,000 to spend in its transportation program, a much needed boost since so much more gasoline and many more trips were needed to get individuals to medical appointments after the hurricane and displacement of so many clinics at UTMB Galveston.

Even now, the agency still finds itself renting vehicles and hiring additional help to take clients to League City, Texas City, Houston and Galveston since so many of the clinics from UTMB are now being held in different cities and in some cases, are not available at all. TAN has exhausted resources in trying to maintain some stability for indigent clients with their medical care, and when clients have their own transportation, it is helpful to them to get some assistance with the high cost of gasoline. The assistance of MAC AIDS Fund provided a very necessary boost.

Established in 1994 by M•A•C Cosmetics, the M•A•C AIDS Fund supports men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. Introducing its first VIVA GLAM lipstick that same year, M•A•C decided that every cent of the selling price of the VIVA GLAM lipsticks would go to the M•A•C AIDS Fund. With a total of six shades of Viva Glam lipstick and two shades of Viva Glam lip-gloss now sold worldwide, and through the annual Kids Helping Kids Card Program, M•A•C Cosmetics has provided over $135 million (US) to date for the M•A•C AIDS Fund. The M•A•C AIDS Fund is the heart and those affected by HIV/AIDS worldwide. The M•A•C AIDS Fund (MAF) has remained deeply committed to supporting diverse organizations across the country and around the world that are providing vital services to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their goal is to use their resources to improve the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS by strengthening prevention programs and direct services.

At MAC AIDS Fund, they are always exploring ways to ensure that the grant making continues to be relevant, responsive and impactful. Over the past year, the Fund has engaged in a planning process to help shape and refine the overall funding strategy, priorities and programs. As part of this process, the Fund Directors met with leaders in the field, people on the front lines doing the work, grantees, and other funders. Based on their feedback, MAF leaders have decided that the best way to maximize the impact of the work and address the 250% growth in requests for funding experienced over the last two years is to narrow the focus of their grant making.

TAN may not be eligible for additional funding for awhile but deeply appreciates the MAC AIDS Fund was available in the pinch The MAC AIDS Fund remains committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by providing general operating support to direct service programs while simultaneously supporting innovation and leadership in the field.

This is the third such award TAN has received from the MacAIDS fund totaling $160,000.

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