FAQs

Everything you need to know before you hit the road.

General Questions

Where does my donation go?

The first answer is APLA Health. The majority of APLA Health’s funding is from the government, but that comes with restrictions. Funds in the form of donations to AWLA allow APLA Health to supplement its programs so that instead of only providing groceries to people who are HIV+ (for example), we can also provide groceries to those who are at risk of contracting the virus. In essence, our AIDS Walk allows APLA Health to do more things for more people.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles also has a special program, our Community Partners Program, where we recognize the good work of other HIV/AIDS organizations in LA County. Through the program, these organizations form teams, and the money raised by those teams is given back to them after our fundraising deadline on November 15th.

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.

However, we do tenderly suggest that people fundraise at least $25. That’s 5 bucks from 5 friends – the sacrifice of one cup of coffee in the morning. Just think how many people we could help if everyone did that?

What is 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 assigned an AIDS Walk Fundraising Specialist from our staff to guide its fundraising, and keep in touch with tips, tools, and information about incentives and special events leading up to the Walk.

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 deadline for AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2019 is November 15.

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

  • earning your AIDS Walk Los Angeles awards
  • reaching your Star Walker status
  • to qualify for Gold Team status
  • to raise funds for our Community Partners program.

However, since APLA Health is open all year round, we accept 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 2019?

Sunday, October 20, 2019!

What is the schedule for Walk day?

TBD

How long is the walk?

The Walk is approximately 6.2 miles and takes 2-3 hours to complete at a leisurely pace.

Donation Questions

To whom should donations be made out?

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

Can I mail a cash donation?

It is not a good idea to send a cash donation in the mail. You may drop off the cash at the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office. 

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

3550 Wilshire Blvd # 890

Los Angeles, CA 90010

P.O. Box 933005

Or, you can deposit the cash into your checking account and send a personal check from your account. Be sure to include the name of the walker being sponsored.

Where do I mail donations?

You can mail donations to:

AIDS Walk Los Angeles

P.O. Box 933005

Los Angeles, CA 90093

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, you may endorse the back of the check and mail it in with a completed donation form to AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Are donations tax deductible?

A Tax ID number identifies APLA Health as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. The APLA Health ID number is 95-3842506.

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.

Once you reach your Star Walker goal, you will receive perks like: ALL of our incentive awards for that year, an invitation to our special VIP Breakfast (with mimosas!) on the morning of the Walk, and much more!

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 yous given to those who reach certain fundraising incentives. For example, if you raise $150+, we will present you with AIDS Walk swag so you can let the world know. Check back for updates on this year’s awards.

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 speak with you as you wish.

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

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 everyone on my team if I've already registered the team?

Yes and no! Generally, registering everyone on your team is better for us in a lot of ways: it helps us get an accurate headcount of who is attending our event, it helps us better keep track of our fundraising, and it helps us budget how many fundraising awards to purchase for you, to name a few.

It’s good to get everyone on the same team because it helps us in a lot of ways:

  • it helps us get an accurate headcount of who is attending our event,
  • it helps us better keep track of our fundraising, and
  • it helps us budget how many fundraising awards to purchase for your team,
  • and more.

It’s also better for you:

  • At the end of the season, we will always email the Team Leader with all of the data we have on the team
  • you will always know what contact info we have and how much money your team raised),
  • and some Team Leaders will use that spreadsheet to lump register their entire team year after year
  • We also have a thing called Team Meeting Station, meaning if you have 20 people or more on your team, we’ll set up a table for you at Grand Park

We have no way of knowing when someone isn’t on the team when they should be,

Fundraising Questions

Team Questions

Important Dates

Day of Event Information

What's going down on the big day?

WHAT: AIDS Walk Los Angeles, a 10km (6.2-mile) outpouring of community spirit and fundraising walk to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019

WHERE: Beginning and ending at the steps of L.A. City Hall and surrounding Downtown parkland

WHO: Celebrity guests, musical artists, elected officials, AIDS activists, and thousands of caring people like you.

2019 AIDS Walk schedule of events

HOURLY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TBD

Get There!

Go METRO: Grand Park is easily accessible via the Red and Purple lines to the Civic Center/Grand Park station.

Rideshare drop-off location: Temple & Broadway. Use 320 W Temple St for nearest drop-off address and enter Grand Park on foot via Broadway.

Parking: TBD

Download Walk Resources – Please check back in for download updates.

The materials you need to make sure AIDS has met its MARCH.

FUNDRAISING TOOLS

Artwork

Team Leader tools

Star Walker kit

RECRUITMENT

How to: Register team members

Team Member Registration Form

RESOURCES

Team Leader Checklist

Dates & Deadlines

Order Team t-shirts

Order Promo materials

FUNDRAISING

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