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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Health, Health Care

Mission: Shanti is dedicated to closing the gap between people who receive comprehensive medical care and those who do not, and provides the information, skills and support clients need to make informed decisions about their treatment, improve their health and wellness, and enjoy good health outcomes and a high quality of life. Originally founded in 1974 to help people dying of cancer, Shanti was one of the first organizations to respond to San Francisco s AIDS crisis.  Today the organization provides a variety of emotional and practical support services that help people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other disabilities. Services include a drop-in center, peer and treatment advocacy, case management, health counseling, patient navigation, and activities. Shanti also shares its expertise in volunteer management and HIV/AIDS peer education with other local and national organizations interested in starting or improving their programs.

Target demographics: Our clients are all underserved individuals with life-threatening illnesses & often come from challenged, at-risk & underserved communities including women & those of trans experience, communities of color, seniors, the homeless and marginally housed & those with a dual or triple diagnosis with mental health &/or substance use issues in addition to their positive HIV or breast cancer diagnosis.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco

Programs: Shanti serves over 2,000 men and women every year through the following programs: The Women's Cancer Program reduces the obstacles faced by women with cancer by providing a continuum of tailored services that address their physical, emotional, psychosocial, educational and support needs. Clients are primarily low-income, uninsured and medically underserved San Franciscans, the majority of whom are women of color and who are living in poverty. HIV Services Program provides care navigation, peer advocacy, a drop-in center, activities and events, support groups, women's services and encourages a continuity of HIV treatment and care through the provision of culturally competent support to at-risk, underserved HIV positive communities. Volunteer Services Program trains volunteers to provide emotional support and practical assistance to individuals living with life-threatening illnesses, using the internationally recognized Shanti Model of Peer SupportTM. Volunteers serve clients through one-on-one client/volunteer matches, short-term or one-time only support, our drop-in center, our activities program and by offering workshops and classes. L.I.F.E. Program® is a health-enhancement program based on the latest medical research in mind-body medicine. “L.I.F.E.” stands for Learning Immune Function Enhancement. Evaluation research shows that L.I.F.E. reduces risk behavior, improves quality of life, increases medication adherence and reduces health problems. Our programs have the potential to increase the health of individuals with HIV, Hepatitis C, breast cancer and other immune related illnesses. Community Support Program provides management, administrative support and training to council members of the San Francisco EMA (Eligible Metropolitan Area) HIV Health Services Planning Council. This body is mandated by the U.S. Congress to determine the size and demographics of the population of individuals with HIV in the three county area and the needs of this population.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shanti's community of staff and volunteers are the most dedicated and empathetic that I've ever seen in my history of working with nonprofits. The organization has made a huge impact in San Francisco in the 41 years that it's been in existence by ensuring that thousands of individuals with serious illnesses obtain the practical and emotional support services they need. For many of the clients who otherwise lack resources, Shanti truly has been "the difference between zero and one."

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Shanti for eight years and am honored to have recently joined the Board of Directors. I found Shanti shortly after moving to San Francisco and volunteered to facilitate jewelry-making workshops every few months for women in their breast cancer program. During that first year, Shanti's staff treated both me and their clients with a level of professionalism, kindness and respect that blew me away.

My experience with the program inspired me to increase my involvement and I decided to go through the weekend-long training to become a Peer Support Volunteer. This was followed by several years of deeply rewarding, multi-faceted volunteering with Shanti which I hold as one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. I was matched with a client in the breast cancer program, Magna, for many years and still help train new volunteers as well as run a monthly support group for currently matched volunteers.

I support Shanti because I have witnessed the critical need that their services fill for vulnerable people facing life-threatening illnesses in San Francisco. I support Shanti because their team is experienced and effective at training volunteers to meet this need, while always demonstrating compassion toward clients and appreciation toward volunteers and supporters. I look forward to a bright future for the organization as it continues to grow and serve our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Shanti for over 5 years and each year gets better and better. I was honored to serve as a Board of Directors member and when I needed to step down; I was thankful to be able to continue to be a part of the the planning committee for Shanti's Swim-for-LIFE event.

Shanti contineus at 40 years strong - serving the Breast Cancer and HIV Communities of the SF Bay area and I am proud to be a part of this strong history.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shanti has been a place to where I am routinly in awe...from the staff, volunteers and clients. As a BOD member, I hear often how Shanti has had a positive impact on the lives of those we provide services to but also for the larger SF community. It has been an honor to be a part of Shanti and glad I can make a contribution to the work we all do together.

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1 chipsup

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Shanti in various roles since 1997. what keeps me coming back? Well, there's the exceptionally dedicated and talented staff, and the agency enjoys remarkable leadership by its Executive Director, and the Board of Directors are very much involved in guiding the agency's course. But the main reason I come back to help this organization is the way Shanti volunteers touch the hearts and change the lives of their clients. Incredible transformations often occur as a result. I am so proud to be a making a contribution to this effort!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shanti is one of those rare finds - an organization with a heart. Shanti's founder frequently says Shanti's mission can be summed up in two words: Love heals. Never before have I been associated with something so permeated with love. The art of giving has been refined and perfected by the folks at Shanti. Do you want to enhance your life like that? Do you want to belong to a group of like minded and hearted individuals? Do you have three hours a week to give? Then volunteer here!

1 Ernesto Q.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Compassion is one of the words that come to mind when I think about Shanti. Right before joining Shanti's Board, Kaushik Roy, Shanti's ED, invited me to attend Shanti's peer support training, which turned out being a life changing event. It was an incredible weekend which is difficult to describe in a few words. All I can say for now is that I learned a bit about Shanti's model and the idea that no one should go through a life threatening illness alone. I'm proud to be part of this organization and I'm proud to give back to my community by volunteering for Shanti.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shanti is my favorite nonprofit organization. I met Kaushik Roy, Shanti's Executive Director, at a Board Match event in San Francisco at the beginning of 2011, and I've been volunteering for Shanti ever since. After going through some rough times and getting much support from the San Francisco community, I've decided to give back to the community by supporting Shanti. I highly recommend taking the Peer Support Training, a three-day program, that will provide life changing tools to better interact and be compassionate with other people. It definitely changed my life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Shanti is one of very few organizations that has accomplished and often surpassed it's mission for close to 4 decades -- the mission of ensuring that men and women with HIV/AIDS and with breast cancer do not face illness alone. By training and deploying volunteers into a 1:1 relationship with clients, Shanti provides a unique support service to those most in need. The organization has shown an unwavering commitment to the community and is an example to others in this arena.

1 tacurtis

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shanti Project is a San Francisco organization that started 39years ago to help those with teminal illness. They were called upon to help with the Aids epedemic in the City and more recently with breast cancer. Their model is unique because they match volunteers one on one with clients to support them when they need it most, whatever stage of the illness they may be in. The staff and volunteers are filled with compassion for the clients and organization!

1 alexander.rivera21

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shanti is a pioneer San Francisco organization who has stayed true to its mission for over 38 years. As one to the first organizations to respond to AIDS crisis in San Francisco, Shanti has trained thousands of volunteers in the Shanti model of peer support. Shanti volunteers provide compassionate care to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters living with life threating illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer though out San Francisco. As Charlie Garfield, the founder of Shanti once said, “A shanti volunteer is often the difference between zero and one”. The difference between zero and one for a Shanti client often means the difference between having one compassionate person to care and love them and having no one. Shanti’s impact continues to be felt by thousands of men and women in the San Francisco LGBTQ community. I am proud and humbled to serve on the Board of Director of the Shanti Project.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Shanti for over 30 years and have been a board member for the past 2 1/2 years. I can say that the commitment to our clients is unsurpassed by any staff I have ever seen. The work that Shanti does to give a fighting chance to those who would otherwise might not survive a life-threatening illness is amazing. We work hard to make sure or clients are well cared for, our volunteers' commitments to empathetic and consistent support, and our staff's care navigation services give them access to services that they might not know about or otherwise have access to. Shanti is great, Shanti is wonderful, Shanti is love.