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What's New in Fund Raising?

Excerpts from Hotline Memos of October 2001
from the Information Department of Project Inform

November 2001

Corporate Spotlight: The Wells Fargo Foundation

At the beginning of the AIDS crisis, Wells Fargo was one of the first major U.S. corporations to provide meaningful assistance in the fight against the disease by funding grassroots organizations and outreach at a time when there was little known about the disease and how it would progress. Indeed, Wells Fargo not only gave monetary support to grassroots organizations, they also initiated a program for all Wells Fargo employees to provide time off to care for loved ones suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Today, throughout its 23-state territory, Wells Fargo Foundation continues to actively support numerous AIDS service providers such as Project Angel Food, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Desert AIDS Project, and Project Inform. At a time when many shied away from addressing the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS, Wells Fargo stepped up to the plate with a call for action and set the standard of response which to this day serves as a model for other major corporations throughout the United States.

With its headquarters in San Francisco, Wells Fargo has experienced the extraordinary affect of HIV/AIDS on its employees, customers and those close to them. Wells Fargo understands that in spite of media portrayals to the contrary, the battle against HIV/AIDS has not yet been won. Wells Fargo also recognizes that HIV/AIDS continues to ravage low-income groups, women and people of color, and has vowed to continue to fight until there's a cure.

Project Inform would like to thank Mario Diaz, Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, and Jonathan Weedman, Regional Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, for their ongoing support of Project Inform. We are especially grateful to Wells Fargo for its continued support of important programs like Project WISE, Project Inform's women-specific treatment information program, and Project Inform's annual Evening of Hope events.

Shalini Eddens, Project Manager of Project WISE, says "Wells Fargo's support assists Project WISE to continue providing accurate, women-specific HIV/AIDS treatment information to those most in need." She added, "Through our newsletter WISE Words and other HIV/AIDS treatment information publications, Project WISE is able to keep HIV-positive women informed and empowered. Wells Fargo's support is integral in making this work possible."

Wells Fargo's dedication to bringing an end to HIV/AIDS, and to support organizations that assist people living with HIV/AIDS until that end comes to pass, improves the lives of countless people in the Bay Area and across the United States every year.

Los Angeles Evening of Hope

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001; Beverly Hills Hotel

Project Inform will honor a select few of the activists, volunteers and philanthropists who have contributed to the work of Project Inform since its founding in 1985. This year's honorees include: Barry Krost, who is well known in the entertainment industry as a leading manager and producer; Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy award winner and well-known comedy writer who has shown a deep personal commitment to fighting AIDS and homophobia; and Brenda Freiberg, who has drawn on her personal experience and loss as well as her professional background in healthcare, public policy and communications to combat HIV/AIDS for over 15 years.

Project Inform recognizes Macy's West with the Corporate Leadership Award. Macy's West has been a visionary leader in its support of community organizations engaged in the fight against AIDS. Since 1988, Macy's Passport events alone have distributed over $13 million to community-based AIDS organizations.

Martin Delaney notes, "The relentlessness of the epidemic and the underlying inequities that fuel it demand that we continue, and even redouble our efforts. Fighting AIDS has become a lifetime commitment -- for me, for you, for everyone who has played a role in or contributed to the solution. With your help, together, we can -- and will -- do whatever it takes."

Past recipients of recognition from Project Inform have included Erik Sterling and Jason Winters; actresses Judith Light, Swoosie Kurtz, Diahnne Carroll, and Nell Carter; actress and model Kathy Ireland; Olympic Champion Greg Louganis; scientists Dr. David Ho, Dr. Gene Shearer, Dr. Nava Sarver, Dr. Anthony Fauci; and author and activist Larry Kramer.

For sponsorship inquiries or to purchase individual tickets: or call 310-491-1401.

Holiday Card Project

We have a new card design this year, courtesy of photographer Jack McCarty of Palm Springs -- a seasonal red image of a wall mural from Pompeii, Italy! Now you can take the hassle out of sending holiday cards to clients, customers and friends -- and feel good doing it -- by participating in Project Inform's Holiday Card Program. Here's how you can get involved:

  • Buy Project Inform Holiday Cards
    This year, Project Inform has a selection of five designs to choose from to meet all your holiday card needs. Cards will be sold in packs of eight with envelopes for $12 each to send to the folks on your holiday card list.

  • Use the Project Inform Holiday Card Service
    For a suggested donation of $5 to $10 per card, Project Inform will hand-address, sign and send holiday cards to your entire card list! Or, supply us with your own cards and we will process them for you. Each card will indicate that a contribution to Project Inform was made in the addressee's name. Project Inform will mail the cards unless you request they be sent back to you for personalization.

  • Ask Your Company to Participate
    By donating $1,000 or more to underwrite this program, your company can become a member of Project Inform's special circle of corporate donors, our Partners In Hope. Companies can also make use of the Holiday Card Service mentioned above.

For more information regarding this special program and others, please contact Julie Doherty at 415-558-8669 x223. You may also view and purchase all five holiday card designs on our Web site:

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This article was provided by Project Inform. It is a part of the publication What's New. Visit Project Inform's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.