(Mirror) The mission of Tuesday’s Angels changed a bit in 2019, but its resolve to help the causes it cares about stayed firmly in place.
Three groups received their share of $25,000 in December from Tuesday’s Angels via its donor advisory fund through the Our Fund Foundation in Wilton Manors.
All three recipients assist, in different ways, those living with HIV/AIDS in South Florida.
“We’re really happy we’ve been able to continue to work with organizations we’ve worked with in the past,” Tuesday’s Angels president Mike Ross said.
In early 2018, Tuesday’s Angels announced it would dissolve after almost 30 years in operation. Now it distributes monies and donations through its donor fund.
The group – founded by gay men – became well known for a once a month Tuesday dinner in Wilton Manors where a hat was passed around for donations to go to those in crisis due to HIV/AIDS.
The group has historically directed its funds to assist those already experiencing the effects of HIV/AIDS. The mission changed in 2019 to include HIV prevention efforts in South Florida through a new HIV/AIDS fund, also administered through Our Fund.
The group’s leadership said the new fund was specifically needed to assist efforts to combat the spread of new transmissions in South Florida.
The issue is urgent, they said, as the prevalence of new HIV infections in Broward County and Miami-Dade County has risen, even as the rate has plummeted nationally.
Both Florida counties have landed at or near the top for new infections since 2014.
In late 2019, the group announced it would dissolve in five years instead of 10.
The accelerated transitionary period will allow more monies from the advisory fund to go out each year, Tuesday’s Angels president Mike Ross said.
Ross said Tuesday’s Angels donor advisors are meeting in January to talk about plans for giving in 2020 and to evaluate how things went in 2019.
“We’re not sure who is going to approach us [for funding requests],” he said. “We are open to HIV organizations.”
Those interested in donating to the Tuesday’s Angels Fund at the Our Fund Foundation can go to our-fund.org.
Groups interested in requesting funds can go online as well or call 954-565-1090.
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