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The Campbell Foundation Awards More than $30,000 in “Holiday Hugs” to HIV/AIDS Service Organizations




Susan R. Miller

Garton-Miller Media

954-294-4973 (cell)


Dec. 20, 2018 – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – After Hurricane Michael ripped across Florida’s panhandle, BASIC NWFL, Inc. along with the population it serves, incurred significant damage. The community-based organization, dedicated to assisting those living with HIV/AIDS and their families, has been operating out of the Department of Health while they await repairs.


After learning of its struggles, The Campbell Foundation immediately reached out to see how it could assist. As a result, Basic NWFL was added to the foundation’s End-of-the-Year “Holiday Hug” list, and will receive $5,000.


“This funding goes a long way when people truly understand what we are experiencing and it teaches us to be humble and know that we are blessed by you,” said Basic NWFL Executive Director Valerie Mincey.


Every year since 1996, the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit foundation that funds HIV/AIDS research, awards these unrestricted grants that can be used by organizations as they see fit.


“While funding HIV research has been our main focus since 1995, we also realize there is a significant need in our community for critical social services including housing, food, education and counseling,” said The Campbell Foundation’s Trustee Bill Venuti. “This is especially true today as nonprofits across the spectrum struggle with obtaining donations.”


In addition to BASIC NWFL, nine other Florida-based nonprofits also will be receiving grants in the amount of $3,000 each. They are:



For recipients, these grants often get them through the end of the year, when funds are running low.


“You provided this agency crucial financial assistance at a time when grants and other funding resources have dwindled. We consider you part of our legacy dating back to 1986, when a handful of worried locals began this agency with a fierce commitment to wage battle against an epidemic decimating the Keys,” said E. Scott Pridgen, executive director of AH of Monroe County.


This year, The Campbell Foundation also awarded $338,000 for HIV/AIDS research. The funding went to researchers at The Wistar Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.


About The Campbell Foundation


The Campbell Foundation was established in 1995 by the late Richard Campbell Zahn as a private, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting clinical, laboratory-based research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. It focuses its funding on supporting alternative, nontraditional avenues of research. As the Campbell Foundation prepares to celebrate its 24th year, it has given away more than $11 million dollars, with nearly $1.3 million of that going to direct services.

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