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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Until There's A Cure® is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. Our dream is that no one else will become infected with HIV. For those who are HIV positive, we are dedicated on their behalf to educating all people about the virus and the overwhelming need for love and compassion in fighting this pandemic. Our goal is to fund prevention education, care services, and vaccine development using The Bracelet as the tool. The Bracelet will not only serve as a bridge to unite people to fight HIV/AIDS, but will help to increase awareness, compassion, understanding, and responsibility. Until There’s A Cure is committed to: * Funding innovative programs which promote AIDS awareness and prevention education for our generation of young Americans. * Providing financial support for care and services for those living with AIDS. * Actively supporting AIDS vaccine development which offers the best hope for reducing the spread of HIV.

Results: The Foundation's Public Service Advertising campaign promotes the fight against AIDS with celebrity advertisements in leading magazines nationwide. Pro-bono advertisements appear in Entertainment Weekly, POZ, InStyle, Seventeen, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, ESPN, Shape, and many more. Since 1993, the Foundation has granted $9 million dollars to vital programs and initiatives in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Varies depending upon grant distribution

Geographic areas served: International

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Until There's A Cure two years in a row at their annual Giants game selling raffle tickets and it's been a blast. Great cause, plus organized and friendly staff.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worn the same bracelet everyday for 17 years & it still looks fabulous. The best money ever spent supporting a cause. I can't imagine not wearing it & continue to get compliments because of its timeless style.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Until There's A Cure in the 90's because of their annual S.F. Giants game. Eventually I became very involved with the organization and enlisted many friends and family members as well. They are incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable, professional, and a terrific group with whom to work. And, of course, their cause and "function" (raising awareness and funds for AIDS research), is critical and very dear to me. I just can't imagine a more relevant and devoted team. Although, I must admit that I hope they go out of business someday because they've helped find the cure...but until then, go Until There's A Cure!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These people deserve your support ! I have known the leaders of this organization for over a decade - and observed "up close" as they have worked hard to build and sustain their efforts at awareness and financial support AIDS research and support services organizations. Funded primarily through sales of awareness building bracelets and other items, nearly 100% of the funds raised are devoted to grants to organziations which have a direct impact on research and suppport serviuces related to AIDS.

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Donor

Rating: 5

World Aids Day is less then a month away! The Timing is perfect to spread the word of this organizations cause. They are celebrating 20 years of spreading compassion, knowledge, funding, remembrance, and perseverance Until there's A Cure. HIV Aids has gone from being an invisible silent killer, to becoming more manageable, though developed expensive treatments, it remains a complex virus but progress is gaining way. Prevention education is the most economical means and using a tool is impactful. Give a gift, make a donation or purchase a bracelet to support this cause, remember those near and dear that have past and remind those to protect themselves today. The bracelet you buy could further impact an artisan living with HIV Aids and allows them to provide such simplicities in their communities as shelter, food, water, medication & education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This year Until There's A Cure has been invited to participate at the New Living Expo held at the SF Expo Center. The event focuses on the tools necessary to enjoy a healthy, spiritually fulfilling, environmentally sustainable and socially just lives. Volunteers will be selling Until's products that are hand made, some made from recycled material, keeping it out of landfill, and the ibean plant, which is grown in a recycled pot. Come visit us at the Expo April 27 - 29 and see first hand the commodore of being an Until volunteer!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of UTAC in the 90's, when I was given one of their original bracelets. I wear the bracelet almost daily, as a reminder of family and friends who were lost to AIDS or are still battling the disease. Through their celebrity endorsements in magazines and their annual fundraising events with the San Francisco Giants, plus sales of bracelets, they continue the fight to find a cure. UTAC has survived tough economic times by being lean and innovative. I know through the work of great employees, countless volunteers and dedicated Board member, UTAC will continue to prosper.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been buying Until There's a Cure bracelets for friends and family for years. UTAC is truly one of the founding organizations that began the whole bracelet as fundraiser movement. Even more importantly, their work helps save and preserve countless lives, spread awareness, and work in collaboration with other HIV/AIDS organizations, and improves the economic well-being of the bracelet makers. Until There's a Cure is a true innovator and team player organization. They get my vote -- and more than one if I had it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Until There's A Cure about 4-5 years ago and recently joined their board. I continue to be amazed at the team's passion, creativity, drive and commitment. With limited resources, Until There's a Cure has a reach well-beyond their actual size. Their efficiency is remarkable, and I have the utmost respect for Executive Director Nora Hanna. She is a model leader.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed at the reach of Until There's A Cure. For a small group, they have a huge impact. I wear my bracelets from them every day to remind me of why we keep up the fight.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help out sometimes at Until There's A Cure (UTAC) and from the inside I can tell you that the thing I like best about UTAC is how lean they are. They give a huge portion of their donations and bracelet proceeds to the cause of fighting HIV/AIDS. This organization is truly there to help, not to make a name for themselves. If you dig deep and really look at many of the big name charities, only a very small proportion of all donations actually goes to charity. The rest goes for their overhead, their marketing or their big legal teams. Not at Until There's A Cure.
The bracelets they sell are not only great looking, but each style tells a story. Many of them are made by HIV positive women in Africa and the funds go back to their villages to help them live and thrive with their disease and to help the children orphaned by the disease. This is a powerful motivator for me to help.
I hope you will too...Until There's A Cure

Client Served

Rating: 5

My iBean is finally sprouting...love that I can "grow" my support instead of just wearing items. Don't get me wrong, the jewelry and apparel is great, but I think it's pretty awesome that I can plant this. Hello nature!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Until There's A Cure shipment came in a Uline supply box; glad to see my work is not the only one that reuses any usable box it can find! Not only am I an advocate for this foundation because of the wonderful work they do for HIV/AIDS, but I'm even happier to support any business that uses the 3 R's: Reuses, Recycles, and Repurposes!

Did you know that they reinvest 90% of all proceeds back into the cause!? That's only 10% overhead! How awesome is it that they are smart enough to reuse, recycle, and repurpose - not only for the greater good of the environment - but also so that they can delegate more money to the fight against HIV/AIDS!? Until There's A Cure will ALWAYS have my business!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Review About; Until There is a Cure Foundation, USA

Before I commence with my review, let me say how much I admire the board, Management and staff of Until There is a Cure Foundation, USA and how honored I feel to be sharing my review about an organization which is making a huge difference in the lives of many families in our community.

When I was surfing on the internet, I came across a web page, www.until.org. I was inspired by it and I decided to initiate contact with the organization. I applied for a grant which after a couple of month, It was approved/ /awarded.

They say that childhood is the best time for everyone in their life. But not so many children in our community can say that today. My organization which is called Kiyita Family Alliance for Development (KIFAD) works towards contributing to increased access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment, home based care and support to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Wakiso District.

We concentrate mainly on increasing care and support to people infected and affected by HIV / AIDS in order to mitigate the effects of the epidemic. Besides that we aim at strengthening the coping of People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), Orphans and other vulnerable children families to progressively become self reliant for economical sustainability of their families, building the internal capacity of KIFAD for effective and sustainable programme design and implementation and finally, improving access to food among families / households, infected and affected by HIV / AIDS, as far as our financial means allows us to.
Through a grant of $4000 KIFAD got from Until There is a Cure Foundation; it made a huge difference in the lives of many community members in our community. Over 800 people were tested for HIV and got to know their HIV Sero status. During the same time, 60 pregnant women were referred to HIV treatment, care and support centre’s. Through this arrangement, 59 HIV Positive women gave birth to HIV Negative babies through a program called Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. This program is about supporting pregnant women living with HIV/AIDS to give birth to HIV Negative babies. If it was not for the support from Until there is a cure foundation, all those babies could have been HIV Positive.
As I am writing this review now, these children are now over five years of age good enough all these children are HIV Negative. Until recently, a reasonable number of the same women are still benefiting from the support KIFAD got from Until there is a Cure Foundation. This is through the production and sale of Red paper bracelets to UTAC from which they are earning some income to make their families happy and their children access to education.
The project for which Until there is a cure foundation donated funds to was for supporting people living with HIV/AIDS families and children who have lost their parents to AIDS, infected by HI/AIDS. If it was not for this great support, these children could have learnt to cry before knowing laughter, to work without knowing to rest, and would have continued to do so unless organizations like UTAC intervenes. They would suffer and live in inhuman conditions, because if they don’t, they would die, at the same time knowing in their hearts that if they continue to live, they will die anyway.
There are millions of children in our community today living in such situations, involved in child labour, and as we try as we can, we cannot support all of them. Our Endeavour has been to raise funds from people and organizations of good will like until there is a cure and to use that money to educate, feed, support access to healthcare and bring some laughter and sunshine into these people's darkened and hopeless lives.
The donations of funds we received from UTAC were for providing care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS in our community. It specifically made many children alive and have learn not only how to write their names, but also to read Until there is a cure foundation updates from its web page and share its victories as if they were their own. It built on earth castles that were in air.
I feel UTAC is an organization which is worth praising for the great work they are doing to make a difference in the lives of people in the different communities.
Thank you very much for all the support.

Bongole Richard Bob
Programme Manager
KIFAD.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Until repeatedly, and can attest to how much of a green impact they have. Not only do they show this through small gestures like working with the lights off in the daytime or reusing as much packaging as possible, but through the fundamentals of their cause as well.
HIV/AIDS has a major effect on poverty by depriving people of their health and ability to work. And in turn, poverty affects the environment because people must resort to less green-friendly customs, jobs, and the like, in order to support themselves. Here is where Until steps in and helps people affected by HIV/AIDS support their families so they do not have to resort to environmentally unfriendly actions.
Take for example, Until's red beaded AIDS pin, made by women in rural South Africa. These women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS receive compensation for crafting the pins and can then support their families. Then the proceeds as well go back to help more victims of HIV/AIDS through the Topsy Foundation.
I believe Until has a major effect on the environment, both through the small things they do, and the larger goals of the foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm not only a volunteer at Until, I'm a passionate fan of their product. My favorite bracelet, and the one I wear every day, is the African Art bracelet, made from recycled PVC piping. In addition to the focus on sustainability, each bracelet is unique, hand carved and crafted by people in Namibia who are directly affected by HIV/AIDS. The money Until There's A Cure earns on the sale of these bracelets is returned to these villagers for care services, food and schooling for their children. Until prioritizes being green and through this joint project in Namibia, Until is spreading the message about the value of recycling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Until There's a Cure for almost a year now. I love working with the organization for many reasons, including the meaningful work that they do all over the world, and how much of an effort to be green they put forth.
After packaging tons of bracelets for them, I can tell you with complete certainty that they make a huge effort to reuse packaging and be eco-friendly. Some of their bracelets show this as well, as many are made out of recycled materials. The Orphan Bracelet, for example, which is made in South Africa, is made using recycled rubber. This, and many of their other bracelets show their effort to be green in the manufacturing of the bracelet and it's packaging.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Until There's A Cure Foundation - where do I even begin? I have been volunteering with this organization for over a year now, excited to play my part in America's developing nonprofit industrial complex. With the agility of the private sector and the purely altruistic motives of the government, Until There's A Cure foundation is improving many aspects of today's world - one sale of The Bracelet at a time.

In an effort to do our part to combat the rampant consumerism propegated by the western world, we at Until There's A Cure Foundation reuse discarded technology. While other companies and individuals are locked in an endless cycle of purchasing and discarding, we're fighting the trend and improving the world. As old computers are discarded, Until There's A Cure Foundation takes them in and give them a new chance at life in a [mostly] caring and gentle environment. This prevents the incomplete recycling of heavy metals and the need for additional rare earth minerals, improving the finances of by western companies struggling to compete in the rising prices caused by China's quotas on rare earth exports. This in turn leads to more jobs in the manufacuring of everything from hybrid cars to TVs - this helps combat the US's unemployment issues and the higher income levels increase the likelihood of charitable donations to other worthy causes.

By taking a leadership role and displaying the benefits of old technology, Until There's A Cure Foundation is slowly changing America for the better - reducing wasteful purchases and the economic costs of shipping and manufacture.

Also cutting back on the vicious cycle of consumerism is Until There's A Cure Foundation's core product - The Bracelet. These timeless masterpeices spread the message of love and caring to far flung regions of the globe - better yet, there are never "new versions" and once you're demonstratibly supporting the cause there's no reason to purchase more. Preventing ongoing purchases of bracelets and other wrist ornaments may seem small, but imagine the impact as this spreads to ever greater swaths of the general populace! Less and less products shipped, less emissions from shipping, less waste from packaging, and of course less harmful environmental damage from the manufacturing itself.

Better yet, these are nothing more than tangential benefits to the laser-focused efforts of Until There's A Cure Foundation. The profits accrued by offering The Bracelet as an option for responsible forward thinking people are turned right around and invested into aids vaccine development (which will dramatically improve the human condition once this horrible virus is finally eliminated), funding highly innovative programs that promote AIDS awareness, and financial support to be used for care and services for those unfortunate enough to be stricken with this deadly disease.

A portion of those saved or helped through our programs are statistically bound to be engineers working on climate related issues, so by proxy we are contributing to green research and science. Eventually this research will yield new innovations to reduce the carbon footprint of mankind, for which Until There's A Cure Foundation is proud to play a part.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

UTAC truly supports sustainability - the real meaning behind being green - because it furthers social justice through many avenues. I love the FaceAIDS pins which are made by Rwandans, who then receive funds in return when they are sold - money they can use to support their families or their health. .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the things that I really appreciate about this organization is their dedication to finding and selling more and more fair-trade products. I especially love their Bronze Bracelet - not only is it a beautiful piece of work but they are made out of recycled bronze piping! Way to reuse and recycle! On top of that, I truly love that my purchase means that I am directly supporting the artists themselves so that they can better their lives and their families', but also a portion of the proceeds will benefit their HIV/AIDS impacted community. I very much appreciate UNTIL's efforts in supporting these artisans, their concern for the environment and all they do for those impacted by HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Samara M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer for this organization in middle school and I truly feel like my participation made a difference. Until There's A Cure is an incredible foundation that will certainly make a significant contribution in our fight to cure HIV. To all of you looking to get involved, this is the foundation for you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the generosity of Until There's A Cure
Until There's A Cure has given to so many organizations in the USA
Without an organization such as UTAC, many smaller organizations would have to close