Comic Relief was founded in 1985 in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa. The charity brings together the worlds of comedy, sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people through two major fundraising campaigns, Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, which alternate each year. Comic Relief’s strategic partnership with the Global Fund began in 2014 and covers multiple countries in Africa.
Red Nose Day USA was launched in 2015, and since then Comic Relief US has been a key partner of The Global Fund. With a mission to create a just world free from poverty, Comic Relief US supports key impact areas deeply affecting children and young people, and has helped to fund programs that address some of the world deadliest diseases including HIV, TB, and Malaria in affected communities across Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
At the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in 2022, Comic Relief US announced a three-year partnership with a pledge of up to US$10 million through donations raised during its annual Red Nose Day campaign. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also matched this donation, unlocking further significant funding. This pledge makes Comic Relief US one of the largest nongovernmental contributors to the Global Fund and demonstrates its continued commitment to this life-saving work. The two organizations are bound together by a shared commitment to transform the lives of people by responsibly and efficiently investing money to build resilient health systems.
Pledge and contribution data updated on: 15 November 2023