Beginning in 2008, discussions between NC-based foundations and national philanthropic leaders were initiated to bring together funders from across the state to develop a new type of collaboration that would support HIV programs in North Carolina. The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University was selected s the convener of the collaboration. The collective acknowledged that while local initiatives re needed, a statewide approach to HIV will increase the capacity of communities to serve and improve the health of peopling living with, and at risk of contracting HIV across North Carolina. Thus, the North Carolina Community AIDS Fund (NCCAF) was developed.
The NCCAF advisors realized that it was important to increase its profile and financial portfolio and began the process of obtaining its own not-for-profit status. In 2013, NCCAF became its own entity building a formal affiliation with the Triangle Community Foundation. NCCAF continues its close partnership with Duke University’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research.