Editor’s Note: The following post was originally published on Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) website. The organization is the leading voice on philanthropic resources allocated to the global AIDS epidemic. They provide funders with the data necessary to make informed decisions on HIV/AIDS funding.
In recognition of Levi Strauss Foundation Executive Director Daniel Lee’s recent departure from the FCAA’s Board of Directors, the organization lauded his great work over the years.
For the past nine years, FCAA has had the great fortune to have Daniel Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, on our Board. Although Daniel has, as of 2018, transitioned out of that role, he has left an indelible — and invaluable — imprint on our organization. Most importantly, he has been, and will continue to be, a driving force for progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
The role of the philanthropic center
A longtime champion for addressing the human rights aspects of HIV/AIDS, at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit in 2013, Daniel argued that, “It is only by marrying these movements – the HIV/AIDS and human rights movements – that we can put an end to AIDS.”
He also had this to say: “If the philanthropic sector’s role is to support a thriving democracy, it has a crucial role to play by funding advocacy.”
John Barnes, executive director of FCAA, put his appreciation this way: “Daniel is a delightful enigma. He is a diva without attitude; a philanthropic executive devoid of ego; a minister without dogma or judgment. He brings positive energy to every encounter, good advice to every challenge, and has been a mentor, a mensch, and above all, a true friend.”
Read the full blog post at fcaaids.org.