CHARLOTTE — Metrolina AIDS Project is not closing — although that’s what some LGBT Charlotteans heard in late July. The rumor sparked concerns about the future of HIV/AIDS care and advocacy in the Queen City. Not to worry, though, the scare turned out to be nothing more than a misreading of a letter written by the organization’s executive director, Ann White.

After Q-Notes received a phone call from a community member who wanted to know if we had heard that the AIDS service organization was closing its doors after 22 years of service, we contacted MAP and spoke with Associate Director Bob Oltz to clear the air. He confirmed that the rumor was false.

It didn’t take long to track down the source of the confusion. In late July, MAP released its 2006 annual financial report. Included in the document, mailed to supporters and community members, was a brief letter written by White.

“Metrolina AIDS Project is ending its 22nd year of service to the community,” the letter stated. “It is another bittersweet anniversary. When MAP was founded, everyone had hopes that a cure for HIV/AIDS would be right around the corner. Today there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS.

Clearly, it was all a simple mistake.

“We are operating diligently to meet the needs of all clients,” White told Q-Notes. “We have no intentions of closing because the need is so great. The numbers of positive cases in Charlotte continues to rise. With the rise in cases comes the need for medical assistance, case management, financial assistance, support groups, one-on-one counseling sessions and the need for client involvement to create a continuum of care. With that being said, MAP’s mission is to provide all of these services and more.”

She added, “We gladly still accept all donations to support our agency and our cause in the community. Your donations are greatly appreciated by the staff, volunteers, board of directors and, most importantly, the clients.”

In the agency’s 2006 financial report, reprinted here, MAP reported revenue of $2,127,630 and expenditures of $2,154,784 and a negative difference of $27,154.

“Other nonprofits sometimes experience deficits at the end of their fiscal years, also,” Oltz said of the deficit, citing groups like Time Out Youth and the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network as examples. “The bottom line is you always look at an organization’s net assets.”

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, MAP had net assets worth $338,717.

“An organization can just about continue operating until their net assets are depleted, much like a business does,” Oltz said. “In the following year, of course, you try to more than break even so you get rid of the deficit and add to your net assets.”

Metrolina AIDS Project
2006 Financial Report
July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006

Corporate and foundations    $49,939  2 percent
United Way    $235,665  11 percent
Special events and donations    $94,882  4 percent
State and county    $683,603  32 percent
Federal    $1,042,795  49 percent
Other    $20,746  2 percent
TOTAL $2,127,630

Client services    $1,072,833  50 percent
Health education    $330,501  15 percent
Primary care    $498,472  23 percent
Administration and fundraising    $253,023  12 percent
TOTAL $2,154,784

2006 Deficit: $27,154

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.