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DONATIONS FOR AIDS PROGRAM ON RISE IN UTAH

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A national trend of decreasing financial support for some AIDS research and service organizations has skipped Utah, where donations are on the rise.

Barbara Shaw, executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation, said this week that her group's recent Walk for Life fund-raiser saw a 10 percent increase over 1994 donations - and 25 percent more participants overall.The foundation's annual Oscar Night fund-raiser, held in March, reported a 230 percent increase in donations over the previous year.

Nationally, less money is being contributed, however. The American Foundation for AIDS Research, for example, cut its budget by 20 percent this spring when donations tapered off.

"It saddens me to see that some of our major national AIDS organizations are seeing decreases in funding, but we're not seeing any leveling off on a local level," Shaw said.

"In fact, all of our major funding sources - contributions from individuals, contributions from foundations, funds generated by our special events, and funds from government sources - have increased this year," she added.

The nonprofit foundation has a 1995 budget of $530,000, with more than two-thirds of that coming from individuals, other groups and the United Way.

Shaw attributes the foundation's continuing fund-raising success to a strategy of hosting special events appealing to a broad range of people. The foundation's educational programs, which have reached thousands of schoolchildren and community groups, also shares some of the credit.