amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Return of the mac


The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund has provided support to several of amfAR’s programs, including global and domestic efforts to reduce the spread and impact of HIV among those most vulnerable to infection. This has included several grants for research and advocacy on syringe exchange programs. Most recently, M∙A∙C has provided critical support to amfAR’s global advocacy work, focusing on efforts to track progress by national governments and international donors toward implementing effective AIDS programming to end the epidemic.

M∙A∙C Cosmetics and the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund have supported many of amfAR’s fundraising events both internationally and domestically. In addition to supporting the events with sponsorships, M∙A∙C Cosmetics and the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund have brought many of their celebrity spokespeople to either attend or perform at amfAR events including Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Dita Von Teese, Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, and Deborah Harry.

In 2007, amfAR honored M∙A∙C AIDS Fund Chairman John Demsey at the New York Gala with amfAR’s Award of Courage for playing a vital role in increasing AIDS awareness and accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research.

Mr. Demsey was honored again at the 2012 Inspiration Gala São Paulo in recognition of his extraordinary vision and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Under Mr. Demsey’s leadership, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised more than $425 million to help improve the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally, and in turn has funded numerous amfAR initiatives. 



Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, M∙A∙C Cosmetics; Executive Director, M∙A∙C AIDS Fund:

“The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund is privileged to support amfAR’s policy and advocacy efforts around syringe access as a critical piece of prevention efforts in HIV/AIDS in this country.  Through the tireless work of amfAR and other groups working to overturn the ban on the use of federal funds to support syringe exchange programs (SEPs), we have now seen the end to the federal ban.  We now support amfAR and other partners in the field of syringe access in the work ahead to ensure that critical funding becomes available to programs and cities operating syringe exchange programs and helping to stop the spread of HIV infection through intravenous drug use.”