Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. In exchange for their financial support, restaurants are listed in a city wide marketing campaign in an effort to increase customer traffic.
In 1991, Dining Out For Life was created by an Action Wellness (formerly ActionAIDS) volunteer in Philadelphia. Dining Out For Life is now produced in more than 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada.
More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from this one special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations throughout North America. With the exception of the annual licensing fee of $1,150, all money raised in these cities stays locally.
The 2017 Dining Out For Life International Date – April 27, 2017 – has just passed, and there are cities holding their events after this date, so be sure to see if a city near you has an event coming up soon! (It’s not too soon to save the date: the 2018 Dining Out For Life International Date is Thursday, April 26, 2018.)
Dining Out For Life International, Inc. (the organization that oversees the licensing, training, production, and evaluation of Dining Out For Life events) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Dining Out For Life International, Inc. facilitates exceptional fundraising and increased awareness for HIV and related causes. To achieve this mission, Dining Out For Life International partners with HIV/AIDS Service Organizations throughout North America to assist these organizations in planning, producing, executing, and evaluating Dining Out For Life fundraising events. These events provide participating organizations with opportunities to build connections with new donors, strengthen relationships with existing stakeholders, and enhance both revenue streams and awareness of their organizations. Through its annual conference and online/in-person learning opportunities held throughout the year, Dining Out For Life International Association supports participating HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in efficiently raising funds for the individuals they serve while creating opportunities for inter-organizational collaboration and partnership. As a result, Dining Out For Life International Association assists HIV/AIDS Service organizations in raising funds for direct services that benefit more than 100,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and an additional 500,000 people at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
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