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Each year, The Campbell Foundation provides nonprofits with unrestricted “Holiday Hug” grants to help increase the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS services and programs.

This year, the funding and the number of organizations will exceed previous years.

From Key West to West Palm Beach, 11 organizations in the area received $4,000. Four other organizations from Florida received funding as well. Broward House, The Pride Center, SunServe, The World AIDS Museum, and Latinos Salud will also receive matching funds from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation for the annual Florida AIDS Walk.

“The Campbell Foundation’s 'Holiday Hug' helps us continue to serve the community with our expanding portfolio of free services,” said Stephen Fallon, executive director of Latinos Salud. “This year, Latinos Salud added a new location in North Miami, added free vaccination services for monkeypox and meningitis, and expanded its Youth Services and Health and Culture programs. All told, we have served 30% more community members this year than in the prior year. We are so grateful to the Campbell Foundation for their annual support!”

“The last couple of years have put a financial strain on many organizations serving the HIV/AIDS community, not only as a direct result of COVID but also because funding and donations they have received in the past have dried up,” said The Campbell Foundation’s Executive Director Ken Rapkin, in a press release. “These organizations provide community members with everything from bus passes to get to their doctor appointments to housing, help navigating insurance issues and food security, and we are proud to be able to assist them in fulfilling their mission.”

The Campbell Foundation focuses its funding on supporting alternative, nontraditional avenues of research. Since 1995, it has given away more than $12 million, with more than $1.5 million going to direct services.