As we look ahead to 2018, I can’t stress enough just how important compassionate care at Desert AIDS Project is to people living with HIV and in poverty.
In our work to address the health needs of the most vulnerable in our community, including our core focus on those affected by the HIV epidemic, we have believed for some time that the need for services was greater than the statistics illustrated. In November, Riverside County health officials released new data indicating that a staggering 51 percent more people are living with HIV/AIDS in the county than had been previously reported.
At the same time, we have watched many in Washington DC challenge some of the basic healthcare safety nets that ensure care is funded. If these social safety-nets are lost, our clients will seek care at Desert AIDS Project with greater urgency.
Like you, we are following the expected changes in the new tax laws and expect most people to be unable to itemize charitable donations in 2018. We encourage you to look ahead and consider pre-giving to Desert AIDS Project this year. You have until 11:59 PM on December 31 to donate online and take advantage of that deduction on your 2017 taxes.
If you want to make a real impact and ensure your charitable donation is included in this year’s tax deduction, I urge you to make your tax-deductible gift to Desert AIDS Project today.
Your support will provide testing, dental care, HIV specialty care, mental health, employment assistance, suppot groups, and so much more for the 4,200 clients we serve and the 54 new patients who walk through our doors each month.
Please give a generous gift today. While we may be challenged throughout this coming year by legislative decisions made in Washington, D.C., D.A.P. will continue to press forward with the same passion we have had for ending this epidemic. It has fueled our insistence on innovation these past 33 years. We will continue pushing ourselves to look for ways to bolster the health of everyone in our community. D.A.P. does not have time to rest.
Until there’s a cure, and beyond…
David Brinkman, MBA
Chief Executive Officer