FAQs

Everything you need to know for a Walk unlike any other.

How to Contact Us

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, our AIDS Walk Los Angeles staff are frequently working from home, so please email us at aidswalkla@apla.org. As of 2020, we can now also receive texts! Please call or text us at (213) 201-9255, and remember to specify in your registration your consent for our volunteers to text you back.

Please note that our AIDS Walk offices are currently closed to the public; if you are seeking other services at APLA Health, please visit us at aplahealth.org/coronavirus.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Week One: Start Line!

  • July 20 – Official Start Date

Week Two: Checkpoint 1

Week Three:

  • August 6 – 11 – Star Walker Challenge for ABC7 Localish Program

Week Four: Checkpoint 2 (Halftime!)

  • August 13 – 18 – Teams Challenge for ABC7 Localish Program

Week Six: Checkpoint 3

  • August 23 – Raise $100 to receive your AWLA 2020 shirt before September 13.
  • August 24 – Challenge Winner Videos Due for ABC7 Localish Program
  • August 26 – Star Walker Photo Submission Due for ABC7 Localish Program (background behind Ellen)
  • August 29 – Don’t miss AWLA on ABC7!

Week Eight: Home Stretch!

September 13 – Finish Line (Fundraising deadline)

September 15 – Deadline to customize your Star Walker star for your Star Walker plaque!

General Questions

Where does my donation go?
AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefits APLA Health, which provides services in three key areas:

  1. CARE: primary medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care (as a federally qualified health center),
  2. SUPPORT: critical HIV support services (including the nation’s largest food bank for people living with HIV – the Vance North Necessities of Life Program),
  3. and, EDUCATION: HIV prevention, health & wellness programs and advocacy to ensure continued care.

Since our founding in 1983, our goal has been to end the AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles County, which continues to have the second largest number of people living with HIV in the country. Recent medical advances – including U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable) and PrEP/PEP – allow us to imagine living in a county without any new HIV infections. The best way to do that is to provide quality, culturally affirming medical, dental and behavioral health care as well as HIV specialty care right where people live.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles also has a program – the Community Coalition Initiative – where we support the hard work of other organizations in LA County working to end the epidemics. Through the program, these organizations form teams, and the money raised by those teams is given back to them after our fundraising deadline on September 13th.

Is there a minimum amount I need to donate/raise to participate?

Absolutely not! AIDS Walk Los Angeles began as a protest march in response to the AIDS epidemic in 1985, and we value that history.

For 2020, however, we do fervently request that everyone who registers fundraise at least $30 so that we can amply care for the people who have been hit hardest from all sides by this year’s hardship.

How many people do I need to form a team?

A team is simply a group of two or more people that registers to raise funds and walk together. More than 2,000 teams sign up each year, and include companies, schools, religious institutions, or other organizations in the LA area. Many friends and family teams also participate, some of whom walk in memory of those they have lost, or to support friends and family living with HIV/AIDS.

Teams can range in size from two to more than 1,000 walkers. Each team is given their own dedicated AIDS Walk staff person who will help you navigate fundraising, provide support to you and your team, and communicate updates about other opportunities or information.

What is a Matching Gift?

Matching Gifts, or Matching Grants, are sometimes offered by companies to support their employees’ philanthropic efforts. A company might offer to match an employee’s donation at 1:1, meaning Matching Gifts are a great way to quickly double your donations and make an even bigger impact.

You can also set up informal matches with a friend or family member. Ask them to match your donations up to $100, or you yourself can match donations made to you to quickly reach Star Walker status.

When is the deadline to turn in my donations?

We don’t want to, but we have to draw a line somewhere! Our fundraising “Finish Line” for AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2020 is Sunday, September 13th.

This is the last day for your donations to count towards:

  • earning your AIDS Walk Los Angeles awards
  • reaching your Star Walker status
  • raising funds for our Community Coalition program

However, since APLA Health is open all year round, we accept non-AIDS Walk donations all year round! If you have questions or special circumstances (such as matching gifts), please call our AIDS Walk staff so we can do our best to work with you.

Help! I can't get into my account.

Please try resetting your password. If you are still having trouble, please call our staff at (213) 201-9255 or email aidswalkla@apla.org.

Event Questions

When is AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2020?

This year we invite walkers to sign up to digitally fundraise in direct support of the vital APLA Health services and programs. The theme is “Get With The Programs.”

Registration opens July 6th, and the fundraising kick off will start July 20th. As we race to get with our programs, we will all meet at the virtual fundraising “Finish Line” on September 13th.

How is it different from last year?

In the past, AIDS Walk was a significant event that celebrated the legacy and history of the AIDS Movement. This year, since we can’t all gather together, participants are charting their own digital Walk, each directly supporting APLA Health programs so that Walkers, Teams and Sponsors alike use this year to better understand the organization.

What is “Get With The Programs”?

Get With The Programs is the theme for AIDS Walk 2020.

Digital walkers will choose their Walk from APLA Health’s three primary service categories – Care, Support, and Education. They will then receive and distribute content directly tied to their Walk, and it will inspire their network to learn more about the program they’re most passionate about.

Participants can only select one Walk to follow. But don’t worry, you’ll still have the opportunity to learn about all of APLA Health’s programs.

Which Walk should I choose?

A drop down feature on the AWLA website will help participants choose which Walk they are passionate about, and then they are paired with the corresponding Walk. But, if you are having trouble deciding, you can always join a team and let the captain pick for you!

What happens if I join late?

If you join late, your communications pick up where the others are in the Walk. The email footer will take you to an archive to catch up on every detail you missed and to see what the other Walks are talking about.

Fundraising Questions

How do I start fundraising?

Once you’ve registered, we recommend you lead by example! Donate to yourself first to prove your commitment. Your friends and coworkers will typically match or surpass what you donate; by donating first, you give them a place to start. For some helpful hints on how to start, check out our Fundraising Tips.

To whom should donations be made out?

Please make check payable to “AIDS Walk Los Angeles” or “AWLA.”

Can I mail a cash donation?

How do you turn in and enter your offline (cash and check) donations this year? Easy! For checks, please mail them in and we will enter them into your AIDS Walk account for you (be we know your name)! You no longer need to enter offline donations yourself. To turn in cash, please call (213) 201-9255 to make an appointment, as all staff are working from home and someone will need to meet you.

Mailing address for checks:
Attn: AIDS Walk Los Angeles
611 S Kingsley Dr
Los Angeles, CA

Where do I mail donations?

You can mail donations directly to our APLA Health David Geffen Center at:

AIDS Walk Los Angeles
611 S. Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Please note: clearly write the name of the person you are sponsoring on the check or on a separate piece of paper; otherwise, your contribution could be credited as a general donation.

What should I do if a check is made out to me personally?

If a donation check has been written out to you personally, please call us at (213) 201-9255.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! APLA Health is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donors receive no goods or services in exchange for their donations. APLA Health’s Tax ID number is 84-1661910.

Will I receive a receipt for my donations?

Anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email. If someone donates via cash or check, they can request a receipt by calling the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office: 213.201.9255 (WALK).

I have seen public fundraising for AIDS Walk Los Angeles on the street. Should I donate to someone I do not know who is collecting donations on the street, in public spaces, or even door-to-door?

No. We strongly discourage our participants from collecting donations in public spaces such as street corners, public transportation, street festivals, and door-to-door from businesses. We advise you not to give donations (cash, checks, or credit card information) to someone you do not know who is soliciting donations in these settings. Please contact the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office for more information, or if you feel someone is collecting funds in an unsafe or unendorsed manner.

Registration Questions

What is the Star Walker's Club?

Our Star Walker’s Club is for people who set a fundraising goal of $1,000+ and want a little extra help from our staff to make that happen. For all of their extra effort, we thank our Star Walker’s Club members by giving them their own AIDS Walk coach, a special Star Walker pin if they reach $1,000 (on top of all our standard awards), and they are among the first to know of any special happenings.

Star Walker status also comes with perks! Check out this year’s awards on our Fundraising page.

What if I don't register for the Star Walker's Club, but raise $1,000+?

Then you’re clearly a superstar, and will be awarded Star Walker status anyway!

What is a fundraising award?

These are prizes or thank you’s given to those individuals who reach certain fundraising incentives. For example, if you raise $100+, we will present you with AIDS Walk swag so you can let the world know.

We have four award recognition levels:

Bronze – Raise $100+
Silver – Raise $500+
Gold – Raise $750+
Star – Raise $1,000+

Check out this year’s awards here.

Many of our Walkers want every cent of their fundraising efforts to go towards APLA Health’s clients, and so when they register, they choose to decline their fundraising awards. When you register, please indicate if you would like to receive your awards or if you would like to decline them. There’s no judgement on our end whichever you choose.

Why are you asking for my preferred pronouns?

Our staff at AIDS Walk sometimes needs to speak to you about things, and when we call or email you, we’d like to know how we should address you. We respect all genders and gender expressions and want to address you properly.

Why are you asking about my cultural identity, age, and/or orientation?

We want you to be counted! We at APLA Health value diversity, and just as we ask our clients to share their identities to make sure we are serving all communities, not just some, we ask our participants at AIDS Walk Los Angeles to share their identities so we can make sure our event is accessible to all. That being said, we will never require you to share this information; it is purely optional.

Why are you asking if I want a Voter Registration Form?

HIV still remains a serious public health issue, and it is up to our community to vote on important issues related to healthcare and to hold political authorities accountable. Please register if you’re able, and please vote!

Do I need to register every member of my team if I've already registered the team?

Registering everyone who is on your team is beneficial in many ways! Every registration for AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a pledge to reduce stigma and a vow to fight against health disparities and for health equity. Your voice matters. It also:

  • Helps us keep better track of our fundraising.
  • Budget how many fundraising awards to purchase.

It’s also better for you:

  • You’ll always know what contact info we have and how much money your team has raised.
  • At the end of the season, Team Leaders can request all of their registered team data. That spreadsheet may be used to “lump register” the entire team in following years, saving lots of time!

Hot tip: Ask your AIDS Walk coach to send you all of your donors after September 13th so that you can thank them all for supporting you!

Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

Contact us below with any additional questions!

If you would like to learn more about corporate sponsorship of AIDS Walk Los Angeles, please contact Ken Mintzer at kmintzer@apla.org or 213.201.9255 (WALK).