The CARES Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides grants to organizations in the Greater Sacramento Area that serve the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, aid in the prevention of HIV/AIDS transmission or raise social awareness to end discrimination and stigma.

These grants may include funds for general support or for specific projects/programs, including those dedicated to HIV education and research.

Foundation Updates

The CARES Foundation grant cycle is now open as of July 1, 2014.

Grantee Recipients

Between January 1, 2012 to January 1, 2014, The CARES Foundation has given a total of $2,312,958 to the following organizations:

Safer Alternative through Networking and Education (SANE) for its expanded syringe access program.

WIND Youth Services for its HIV/STD outreach awareness program.

Harm Reduction Services for its syringe exchange program.

Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) for its HIV/STD outreach and prevention.

Cares Community Health to purchase a building to expand services for people with HIV/AIDS.

Grantee Spotlight: Wind Youth Services

Funding from the Cares Foundation supported efforts by WIND to provide AIDS awareness at its Youth Center and to homeless youth in the field through mobile outreach. Efforts included the distribution of STD/HIV information and risk reduction supplies, reproductive health care services, and linkages for youth to a Public Health Nurse, and primary care services at WellSpace Health.  WIND serves youth ages 12 through 24, providing safe shelter, street outreach, case management, and counseling.