IFYC Faith HIV and AIDS Capacity Building Grant


Despite significant advancements in medical research and expanded access to life-saving medicine, HIV and AIDS is an ongoing epidemic. Decades of silence, stigma and structural barriers to treatment and testing have allowed the epidemic to spread, disproportionately impacting communities of color. According to recent CDC data, the epicenter of the epidemic has moved from cities like New York and Los Angeles to the American South. Although only 38% of the U.S. population lives in the American South, approximately 51% of new cases originate in Southern States. Of those, Black and Latinx communities account for the majority of new diagnoses.

Recognizing the critically important need to address this health crisis head on, Interfaith Youth Core has partnered with the Gilead Compass Initiative at Wake Forest Divinity School to address the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. As part of this new partnership, IFYC will be launching a $4,000 Faith HIV and AIDS Capacity Building Grant aimed at providing financial, curricular, and capacity-building support to campus partners advancing work at the intersection of interfaith cooperation and HIV and AIDS. Selected universities will receive grants to facilitate community-wide learning and develop curricular or co-curricular programs on the HIV and AIDS crisis in the South. Projects will be designed to address stigma and increase understanding of HIV and AIDS throughout the region.

Grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis for work to be done in the Fall of 2021 and Winter of 2022. This year's grant cycle has closed, but next year’s cycle will launch in June and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and grant implementation will take place from September 1, 2022- June 20, 2023. If you are interested in receiving information or remaining abreast of this project, please contact Don Abram, don@ifyc.org. We encourage you to share this grant opportunity with your networks and spheres of influence, as we are actively seeking strong applicants.

Don Abram

Program Manager

Don Abram, Program Manager, cultivates and stewards relationships with emerging IFYC partners across various spheres. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College ('16) and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School...

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Don Abram, Program Manager, cultivates and stewards relationships with emerging IFYC partners across various spheres. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College ('16) and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School ('19), both on full-tuition scholarship. Recently, he has worked as a qualitative researcher with Stanford University’s Poverty and Inequality Center and as an organizer with the Jaime Harrison for Senate campaign. At IFYC, Don manages the implementation of grantee programs and supports developing partnerships. Don began preaching at the age of 14 and his commitment to advancing the social good through interfaith cooperation has only grown. Outside of his professional life, Don enjoys traveling abroad and creating new memories with those whom he loves.

Janett I. Cordovés

Director of Higher Education Partnerships

Janett works with professionals across the country to design and implement innovative learning strategies through digital learning platforms and education technology and is responsible for developing and leading key aspects of strategic...

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Janett works with professionals across the country to design and implement innovative learning strategies through digital learning platforms and education technology and is responsible for developing and leading key aspects of strategic planning initiatives within higher education, including The Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence in partnership with The Association of American Colleges and Universities. Prior to joining IFYC, Janett worked in academia for over a decade, elevating the importance of engaging worldview identity and creating religious policies. Janett holds an EdD in Ethical Leadership, an MS in Higher Education, and a BA in Applied Mathematics. Her research interests include first-generation college students, #digitalfaith, leadership development, and online pedagogy. Janett serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of College and Character and is an active member of NASPA, Campus Compact, LeaderShape, and NODA.

Rev. Frederick A. Davie

Senior Advisor for Racial Equity Programs

Reverend Frederick A. Davie, Senior Advisor for Racial Equity, executes IFYC programming with a primary focus on the intersection of race and religion such as “Black Interfaith” and similar initiatives and advises on IFYC programs with strong...

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Reverend Frederick A. Davie, Senior Advisor for Racial Equity, executes IFYC programming with a primary focus on the intersection of race and religion such as “Black Interfaith” and similar initiatives and advises on IFYC programs with strong racial equity aspects. Rev. Davie recently served as the Executive Vice President at Union Theological Seminary, where he continues in a part time role as senior advisor to the president. Rev. Davie has extensive experience in senior-level roles in philanthropic and social and economic justice organizations, including The Ford Foundation and the Arcus Foundation.  In June 2020, US Senator Charles Schumer appointed him to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. President Barack Obama appointed Rev. Davie to the inaugural White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. He is a minister in the Presbytery of New York City. He serves on the boards of Interfaith Center of NY and Climate Reality Project. Rev. Davie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Greensboro College ’78; and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School ’82.

Noa Nakao

Program Assistant for Academic Initiatives and Higher Education Partnerships

Noa Nakao, Program Assistant, provides administrative support to IFYC's Academic Initiatives and Higher Education Partnerships. She graduated in May of 2021 with a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College (IL). Prior to joining IFYC...

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Noa Nakao, Program Assistant, provides administrative support to IFYC's Academic Initiatives and Higher Education Partnerships. She graduated in May of 2021 with a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College (IL). Prior to joining IFYC, Noa interned with the Telos Group, which in conjunction with her Christian faith, has spurred her professional and personal interest in promoting interfaith cooperation. In her free time, Noa enjoys baking, watching baseball, and hunting a good bargain. 

About the Project


Meet Our IFYC Faith HIV and AIDS Capacity Building Grant Grantees

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How the Black church can help end the HIV/AIDS crisis

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