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July 16, 2010

San Francisco AIDS Walk Criticized for Sending Funds Abroad

Critics of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) allege the group has misrepresented the benefits to local charities from funds raised through its annual AIDS Walk, The Bay Citizen reports. Fifty-seven percent of total grants distributed by SFAF in 2008 and 73 percent in 2009 were made to the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, which focuses on fighting HIV/AIDS overseas. According to SFAF, grants represent less than five percent of its annual operating budget. Critics say that more funds should be spent locally. However, a statement from SFAF refutes the allegation that AIDS Walk funds go abroad: "Since 2008, every penny raised at AIDS Walk San Francisco has been spent right here in the Bay Area."

To read The Bay Citizen article, click here.

To read the SFAF statement, click here.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated.

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