The mission of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) is to make a positive difference in the lives of children infected with HIV and affected by AIDS. CAAF accomplishes this by helping meet their diverse, special needs, advocating and educating on their behalf, and bringing joy and fun into their lives.
CAAF was founded in Los Angeles, CA, in 1993 by Joe Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive whose desire to help children was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he disclosed his own HIV+ status.
The U.S. Government estimates that there are approximately 14,000 American children infected with HIV. It is also estimated that there are nearly 80,000 American children who have been orphaned by the AIDS-related deaths of their parents. Because of rapidly changing life expectancies among people with HIV infection, no reliable estimates can be made of how many children affected by AIDS will be living in the U.S. at the end of this decade.
What Sets CAAF Apart:
There are many organizations raising money to find a cure for AIDS. Funding for research is urgent, but in the meantime, CAAF is working to improve the quality of life for the thousands of children living with the affects of HIV/AIDS. Also, CAAF provides assistance for things other sources of funding often don't. CAAF strives to fill in the gaps between conventional funding and the unmet needs of this specific population.
Stewardship of Funds:
CAAF serves as a bridge between community-based organizations that are providing the emotional and physical care for AIDS affected children and the individuals and corporations who want to ensure that their dollars make a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of children. CAAF ensures that donor funds are distributed and utilized appropriately and wisely through a national, peer-based grant review process as well as rigorous quarterly reporting requirements.
CAAF grants, ranging in size from $2,000 to $50,000, are made to nonprofit agencies throughout the United States for assistance in the following areas: basic needs, care, emergency special grants and social & recreational and camp programming.