Press release
February 27, 2018

Foundation Announces Establishment of New Endowments that will continue AIDS Care Service’s Legacy

The Foundation is pleased to announce that the former board of AIDS Care Service has established two new endowment funds at the Foundation -- the Sister Eileen Dennis, AIDS Care Service, HIV/AIDS Fund and the Kitty Bowman, AIDS Care Service, LGBTQ+ Fund.  

The Sister Eileen Dennis, AIDS Care Service, HIV/AIDS Fund will support the Foundation’s Community Grants to health-related nonprofit organizations, with a preference for supporting organizations serving individuals with HIV/AIDS in Forsyth County.

The Kitty Bowman, AIDS Care Service, LGBTQ+ Fund will support Community Grants to organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in Forsyth County.  

Scott Wierman, the Foundation’s president, states, “We are certainly excited to have these two new Community Grantmaking funds.  While we have made grants to LGBTQ+ organizations in the past, these new funds will allow us to be even more supportive in the future.   AIDS Care Service’s board carefully stewarded the organization’s funds over many years, and we are honored to continue to carry on their legacy through our future grantmaking.”

AIDS Care Service was established in 1991 to care for those living with HIV/AIDS, providing a food pantry, housing and medical case management, and residential acute care/end of life care at their Holly Haven facility.  The organization announced its closing in 2017 and officially dissolved earlier this year after the board and staff decided that given significant medical health advances over the years, the organization could transition remaining services to other community organizations, allowing funds from the sale of their Holly Haven property to endow two new funds at the Foundation to support grants to organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community and organizations supporting individuals with HIV/AIDS.  

Brent Campbell, former chair of AIDS Care Service’s board, notes, “The AIDS Care Service board is very proud that the organization’s work will be carried on through these endowments, and we trust in the Foundation’s excellent stewardship to carry on ACS’s legacy through grantmaking in perpetuity.”