The Finnish HIV Foundation / Hivpoint

Hivpoint was founded in 1986. The association was transformed into a foundation in 1997, at which point the Finnish HIV Foundation was established. The Foundation fulfills its purpose by sustaining Hivpoint.

The place of residence of the HIV Foundation is Helsinki, and it has activities across the whole country. The purpose of the foundation is to prevent HIV infections, to support HIV positive people and people who fear that they have caught an HIV infection as well as their families, and to promote the human and basic rights of HIV positive people.

The HIV Foundation is not committed to any specific ideology or religion. The main sponsor is the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA), in connection with the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, whose financial support covers around 90 per cent of the foundation’s costs. Funds are also received from municipalities and ministries as well as through the foundation’s own fund-raising. The HIV Foundation’s annual budget is circa 1,2 million Euros.

The foundation is managed and represented by its board, which consists of six members and six vice members. In 2017, the chair of the board is MP Aino-Kaisa Pekonen.