amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

MAC Vivia Glam 2012


A generous benefactor of amfAR’s international research and prevention programs, the M•A•C AIDS Fund has supported the MSM Initiative and Women’s Initiative on Sexual Health. As a strong advocate for syringe access and federal funding of syringe exchange programs (SEPs), the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund currently supports amfAR’s work to strengthen federal policies around SEP funding and advocacy efforts to advise government agencies on the guidance given to local health departments and organizations on their use of federal SEP funds.

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 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 $355 million to help improve the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally, and in turn has funded countless amfAR initiatives. 

M•A•C Viva Glam generously sponsored Inspiration Gala events in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as Title Sponsor.




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.”