About Us

About Aunt Rita's

We will not stop until there’s a cure!

Aunt Rita’s Foundation has been pursuing since 2005 its mission to end HIV in Arizona. With our basic principle of “By the Community and For the Community” we collaborate with all Arizona HIV Service Organizations philanthropically supporting their critical services while forging unique partnerships at state and local governments, as well as private corporations. Aunt Rita’s Foundation has provided more than $2,000.000 in grant funding in support of critical HIV prevention and treatment programs throughout Arizona.

Aunt Rita’s Foundation was a founding member with the City of Phoenix Fast Track Cities initiative and plays a vital role in advocating at the Arizona legislature and State Government to establish laws, regulations and policies that further our efforts to educate, prevent HIV, and treat HIV.

With the launch of HIVAZ.org and VIHAZ.org in 2014, Aunt Rita’s Foundation commenced its own HIV education, outreach, testing and advocacy initiatives to fill in the service gaps not provided by other organizations.  Today we offer unique HIV testing initiatives that provide free home HIV test kits and vouchers throughout Arizona.  Aunt Rita’s Foundation innovative programs have helped all Arizonans know their status, along with supporting them in the prevention and/or treatment care they need.

Fundraising Events

Aids Walk Arizona & Fun Run

AIDS Walk Arizona & Fun Run is the largest gathering in Arizona to support people living with HIV and raise community awareness. In its first year back it helped raise $175,000 and brought in over 3,000 participants. In the second year of the Walk Walgreens became the title sponsor of the event and introduced its Red Ribbon Campaign that helped the Walk surpass $300,000 in annual fundraising. The event is family-friendly and features Paws for the Cause, and Kids for the Cause. All proceeds benefit our 12 partner agencies.

RED Brunch

RED Brunch is Aunt Rita's end-of-year gala featuring entertainment, topical presentations on Aunt Rita's education initiatives, and the annual Heart Awards. Held every year around World AIDS Day, the brunch features panels from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt and commemorates the lives of those who have lost their battle with the disease. Proceeds help to sustain Aunt Rita's Foundation and support our Project HIVAZ initiatives.

RED Is The Night

RED is the Night is Aunt Rita's entertainment fundraiser that features local and national acts that will make you laugh and tap your toes. Fabulous food and tantalizing cocktails are featured while we raise money for our Compassion Grant fund.

SAVORLife

SAVORlife is Aunt Rita's DIY fundraising platform that allows individuals to design their own fundraising event, with all proceeds supporting Aunt Rita's partner agencies. Host a dinner, a party, bowling night, girls night out, or any other fun activity that will raise money to support our partner agencies.

Funding and Prevention

Aunt Rita's Foundation doesn't only focus their activities on fundraising and funding. Project HIVAZ was formed to promote HIV testing and engage Arizonans in HIV awareness and prevention. A key goal of Project HIVAZ campaigns is to help eliminate the stigma of HIV and AIDS to enable honest discussions about HIV risk and transmission. In 2012 and 2013, new infections increased by an excess of 15% each year. Arizona's ethnic minority populations are most at risk for new infections; 35% were among Hispanics, 16% among African-Americans and 7% among Native Americans.

Aunt Rita's is a proud member of Arizona's network of the HIV/AIDS service and charitable community, providing annual funding between $100,000 and $200,000 to local non-profits. The large events sponsored by Aunt Rita's also brings community together and helps to raise awareness about the ongoing epidemic. Aunt Rita's impact in our community is far more significant than just fundraising.

Aunt Rita's Foundation provides the compassion many people need, and gives people suffering from HIV/AIDS and their families something priceless - hope.

Mission and Vision

​MISSION: In everything we do, we are dedicated to the elimination of, and suffering from, HIV and AIDS.

VISION: To be the catalyst of HIV/AIDS awareness, education and support.

VALUES: Accountability, Integrity, Inclusiveness, Diversity, Collaboration, and Passion.