Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)



New York, NY

Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2020):

Revenue: $23,241,031
Expenses: $23,066,164
Assets: $20,366,291


LGBT Activist Group




Jonathan Mallow

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Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) is an activist group based in New York City which advocates for research and funding of acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention and treatment. It also pushes for greater acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles in addition to a variety of other left-of-center causes. GMHC was conceived in 1981 during the early stages of the AIDS crisis in the United States with the support of Larry Kramer, a screenwriter and gay activist whose abrasive rhetoric towards both health authorities and his fellow gay men eventually led to him leaving the group. 1 2

Since its founding, GMHC has collaborated with other influential LGBT activist groups such as Lambda Legal and secured endorsements from former New York state governors Mario and Andrew Cuomo, as well as former New York City mayor Ed Koch. 3 In addition, the group has received taxpayer-funded federal grants, primarily from the Department of Health and Human Services. 4 GMHC has received endorsements and support from numerous top philanthropic, pharmaceutical, and media institutions, including the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the Gilead and Pfizer pharmaceutical corporations, and the film production company Paramount. 5

GMHC has pushed for federal health authorities to remove restrictions on blood donation by gay men, who have significantly higher rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. 6 The group has also opposed efforts to discourage promiscuous behavior as a means of preventing the spread of mpox (formerly monkeypox), another illness that can be transmitted by sexual contact. 7 8


When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first issued a warning about HIV, a then-new virus appearing principally in gay men, in 1981, a group of activists met with prominent gay screenwriter Larry Kramer to organize a fundraising drive to combat the disease. The group formally established Gay Men’s Health Crisis the following year. Kramer’s own activism became increasingly belligerent throughout 1982 and 1983, as he started accusing the National Institutes of Health and the New York City municipal government for allegedly failing to devote sufficient resources to addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic. At the same time, he criticized his fellow homosexual men for their apparent unwillingness to abstain from promiscuous behavior despite the high rates of infection within their population. 9 10

GMHC took issue with his sentiments and eventually stopped inviting him to participate in activism. In response, Kramer resigned. He would later create his own group, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) which engaged in more public and disruptive activism than GMHC. This included a 1989 incident in which activists unlawfully entered the New York Stock Exchange building and chained themselves to a railing to protest a pharmaceutical company’s perceived monopoly on one of the first HIV treatments. That year, ACT UP also staged a protest at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to protest the Catholic Church’s teachings opposing homosexual activity. 11 12


Gay Men’s Health Crisis funds the development and distribution of HIV and AIDS treatments. It also provides financial support to patients. The group claims to have assisted more than 4,700 people, more than 90 percent of whom ended up receiving care thanks to its intervention. GMHC also credits its advocacy with having HIV status protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 13


The board of Gay Men’s Health Crisis includes numerous top executives from the media, financial, and technology industries. This includes Tyler Helms, the executive vice president of the advertising agency Deutsch; Richard Companik, the vice president of strategic development at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England, New York, and Hudson Valley Properties; and Ed Fogarty, a senior vice president of the media giant Viacom. 14

Jonathan Mallow is the board chair of GMHC. He also manages media strategy for the TED Foundation. He previously worked as a senior advisor to Swing Left, a Democratic Party-aligned fundraising and voter mobilization political action committee which backs left-of-center candidates and trains liberal activists. He has also worked for Viacom, including as a senior vice president from July 2015 to September 2017. Mallow received a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale University and a master’s degree in performance studies from New York University. Mallow has been recognized by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, an activist group pushing for the normalization of same-sex relationships and gender transition in popular media. 15


In 2021, Gay Men’s Health Crisis received more than $19 million in contributions and grants. 16 One of the group’s most prominent supporters is the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a leading left-of-center grantmaking organization. 17 GMHC also receives taxpayer funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2020, the group received a total of more than $7.7 million worth of federal grants. 18


  1. “History.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  2. “Larry Kramer.” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  3. [1]“History.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  4. “Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. and Affiliates Independent Auditors’ Reports.” Grant Thornton LLP. December 31, 2020. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  5. “GMHC 2022 Fall Gala.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  6. “GMHC Statement on FDA’s New Blood Donation Policy.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  7. Rachel Treisman. “As monkeypox spreads, know the difference between warning and stigmatizing people.” NPR. July 26, 2022. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  8. Health Line, “Why do gay men have a higher chance of getting HIV?” Last updated September 17, 2021. Accessed June 26, 2023.
  9. “History.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  10. “Larry Kramer.” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  11. “History.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  12. “Larry Kramer.” Encyclopaedia Britannica. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  13. [1]“Impact.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  14. “Board of Directors.” GMHC. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  15. Jon Mallow. LinkedIn. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  16.  Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc. 2021 Internal Revenue Service Form 990. Accessed June 21, 2023.
  17. “Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc.” Carnegie Corporation of New York. Accessed June 21, 2023.!/grants/grants-database/grant/25259.02/
  18. “Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. and Affiliates Independent Auditors’ Reports.” Grant Thornton LLP. December 31, 2020. Accessed June 21, 2023.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 1982

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $23,241,031 $23,066,164 $20,366,291 $16,952,600 N $23,206,886 $503,038 $5,567 $426,937
    2019 Dec Form 990 $26,337,728 $28,828,124 $18,687,192 $13,334,826 N $24,211,381 $1,860,270 $1,515 $542,793 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $28,473,423 $33,153,120 $21,112,052 $13,269,290 N $23,577,948 $4,707,643 $1,511 $543,846 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $24,827,567 $26,881,078 $21,713,078 $9,190,619 N $20,926,139 $3,753,794 $8,544 $485,476 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $23,534,987 $23,437,614 $18,368,323 $3,437,318 N $21,533,678 $3,426,640 $7,552 $481,761 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $8,264,226 $10,950,578 $18,736,696 $3,898,323 N $6,797,518 $1,400,204 $6,238 $439,687 PDF
    2015 Jun Form 990 $24,990,114 $24,868,049 $22,133,837 $4,609,112 N $23,745,002 $2,670,375 $13,906 $703,780 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $24,101,740 $24,236,368 $22,099,013 $4,696,353 N $21,387,392 $2,543,811 $14,722 $471,669 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $24,038,543 $25,181,211 $22,075,749 $4,538,461 N $21,913,566 $1,998,321 $15,740 $1,359,774 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $23,164,417 $23,562,916 $21,609,215 $4,832,466 N $21,696,921 $1,381,712 $19,668 $617,926 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $26,958,839 $26,338,511 $23,119,715 $5,944,467 N $25,321,457 $1,339,443 $29,507 $1,188,201 PDF

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    Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)

    307 West 38th Street, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10018-9506