Aid for AIDS of Nevada

Aid for AIDS of Nevada Increases Participation and Donations with Blackbaud Sphere

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice, and the stigma associated with the disease.


  • Aid for AIDS of Nevada was quickly growing and needed an online solution that would grow with the organization.
  • Participation and interest in the organization’s fundraising events, especially the annual AIDS Walk, was also dramatically increasing. Staff needed a way to easily manage details and communications for expanding events.
  • The organization needed a more sophisticated method to track donors and enable online event registration.


  • AFAN selected Blackbaud Sphere as a donor database, events solution, and robust email solution to help the organization effectively manage donors and events.
  • Blackbaud Sphere with Friends Asking Friends enables AFAN to provide an enhanced online user experience for event participants and donors, such as creating individual tribute pages. The events software is also easy for both administrators and participants to use.
  • Blackbaud Sphere appealed to the organization because of its extensive reporting capabilities. This will help staff strategically analyze various campaign and event metrics.


  • Since implementing Blackbaud Sphere, the organization’s database has increased from roughly 20,000 constituents to 38,000.
  • AFAN’s AIDS Walk now has more than 8,000 participants and raises over a half a million dollars to support programs, a significant increase from only a few years ago. In the past two years alone, walk participants increased by over 2,000 with the help of Friends Asking Friends.
  • Additionally, with Blackbaud Sphere, the organization does not have to worry about software updates. All updates are completed and automatically incorporated by Blackbaud.

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