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Donating to Body Positive

January/February 2003

In this issue, we asked Body Positive's Director of Business Affairs, Michael J. Christiano, to discuss the finances of Body Positive and how your donations to the agency help us to provide essential assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS.

How are the activities of Body Positive funded?

Body Positive is funded via two New York State-administered contracts which fall under the Ryan White CARE Act. We also sell advertising in our magazines, and we host several fundraising events during the year such as Garden Gala and our Academy Awards party. Additionally, we receive donations from those who wish to assist us financially, and we apply for grants and other private funding as well. We have also been the recipients of several bequests made over the years by individuals who have directed their estate to give a certain sum to BP upon their death.

How are donations used at Body Positive?

Donations from friends of Body Positive are essential for keeping open our doors. Donations are used in order to supplement the "General Operating Expenses" at the agency. There is an inherent shortfall in the proceeds received from our State funding and the costs of our programs. Thus, it is the generosity of our donors that enables us to continue providing our services.

We organize donations into two categories. Larger donations, or bequests are added to the Endowment, which is managed by the Board of Directors. The purpose of the Endowment is to provide a financial "cushion" during difficult financial times. Other donations and fundraising proceeds are placed in our general fund to subsidize day-to-day operations.

Why are donations so important to Body Positive?

Donations -- which can come in the form of cash, services, volunteered time, or items we need such as computers, printers, or office furniture -- allow us to carry out some initiatives which might otherwise not be financially possible. An example would be funding a training for our peer educators or further HIV/AIDS education for the staff. Donations are also important to the agency because they provide a tangible connection between the agency and the community. In short, donating to Body Positive assists us in carrying out our mission to provide care and assistance to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

How can I donate to Body Positive?

Subscribing to one or both of our magazines is a great start. We never would withhold the magazine from anyone based on finances and, as a matter of fact, we send out over 10,000 copies a month free of charge to people and organizations all over the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. But if you can afford a paid subscription, your dollars will help cover printing, postage and distribution costs, as well as a means of paying our contributing writers. Your donation also ensures that the agency can afford to keep printing our magazines and delivering them to our readership on a regular schedule, free of financial concerns associated with publishing in this economic climate, and within the confines of the not-for-profit sector as well.

If you would like to make a donation to Body Positive, in the form of a paid magazine subscription or otherwise, please indicate "donation" in the check memo or money order. You can mail your contribution to:

Body Positive, Inc.
Attn: Finance & Administration Dept.
19 Fulton Street #308B
New York, NY 10038

You may also fax a letter indicating the amount you wish to donate along with your credit card information to us at 212-566-4539. Please call us at 212-566-7333, ext. 12 so that we know your fax is coming. All donations will be acknowledged with a letter from BP, and proof of our 501(c)3 tax exempt status for your records.

We sincerely thank you for any and all assistance in helping Body Positive attain ours goals of serving those affected by HIV/AIDS in the New York City region and beyond.

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