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Resource Roundup: AIDS 2012 on the Cheap

, by San Francisco AIDS Foundation

If you’re traveling from afar, just getting to next month’s International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, may strain your budget. The good news is the rest of your trip doesn’t have to break the bank. These articles and resources show how to squeeze the most from your travel fund.


Health writer Candace Y.A. Montague shares free or low-cost activities at and around AIDS 2012 in this post on TheBody.com. From free events and networking zones at the Global Village to public forums, marches, and rallies, there’s something to fit every budget.

AIDS 2012 Update: The Grassroots Guide to the Conference

By Candace Y.A. Montague

The International AIDS Conference will be here in a little more than one month from now. It will be one of the biggest conferences to come through the District. In fact, the Washington Business Journal predicts it will generate about $33 million. But you don’t need millions of dollars to attend the conference. This conference is being planned to include every budget so that you can get involved and stay there. Here’s a list of some no-cost and low-cost activities in and around the IAC 2012. . . .

See the list and read the original post here.


The U.S. Positive Women’s Network—one of the local community partners helping to organize the conference—has put together a fundraising toolkit to help folks finance their participation in AIDS 2012.

Getting to AIDS 2012: Fundraising Toolkit

From the U.S. Positive Women’s Network

This four-part toolkit is designed to give you everything you need to reach your fundraising goals so you can participate in the International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. (AIDS 2012). It includes:

  • budget template you can use to set a fundraising goal
  • tips on how to stay motivated throughout your fundraising journey
  • how to craft an effective appeal that inspires people to support you
  • step-by-step instructions on setting up an online fundraising page. . .

Read more and get the toolkit here.


AIDS treatment advocate Jeannie Wraight offers budget travel suggestions for conference-goers on HIVHaven.com. Last-minute travelers will want her advice on airfare and hotels; others will benefit from tips on getting around DC, eating on the cheap, and calling home for free.

AIDS 2012—How to Cut Your Costs

By Jeannie Wraight

So you’d like to attend AIDS 2012 in Washington DC but you’re concerned it will be too expensive or you’d like to cut costs a bit? Before you write off the idea of attending this important conference or break open the piggy bank, read on and check out some of the cost-saving measures that will make your dollars go further. . . .

Click here for the full post.


When you need a bite to eat or a sightseeing break, let this guide from non-profit Destination DC steer you to budget-friendly dining spots and freebie cultural excursions.

100 Free (and Almost Free) Things to Do in DC

From Destination DC

Put away your pocketbook! No other city offers as many fun, free attractions to fill your days. From museums to performances to outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone! . . .

See the full list here.



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