The United Nations Foundation today announced details of how individuals can donate money to the Global AIDS and Health Fund - first proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan - which earlier this week received the full backing of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Foundation - originally set up to execute philanthropist Ted Turner's 1997 $1 billion gift in support of UN causes - has created a special account to receive contributions to the Global Fund, holding them in readiness until it becomes operational.
The Foundation will accept money by cheque or wire transfer. It will provide regular reports to the UN Fund for International Partnerships, which was created in 1998 to coordinate, channel and monitor contributions from the UN Foundation.
According to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, as of 26 June, the Global Fund had received pledges from governments, the private sector and individuals totalling some $572 million.
All contributions will be tax exempt for United States citizens and taxpayers, the Foundation said, adding that those wishing to contribute may send cheques payable to "UNF - Global Fund" to the United Nations Foundation, ATTN: Global Fund, Post Office Box 21001-1899, Pasadena, CA, 91110-1899. Those interested can send their inquiries by e-mail to AIDSFUND@unfoundation.org.