DIFFA National Grants Nearly $300,000 to 26 Grantees Combating HIV/AIDS Nationwide

Dec. 12, 2018 – With the help of Gift for Life, this week DIFFA National, headquartered in New York City, granted $285,000 to 26 organization nationwide providing treatment, direct care and prevention education services to people living with HIV/AIDS. DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), which is comprised of four national chapters including Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Northwest, has granted a total of one million dollars in funding this year. The organization is a top funder of HIV in the country, granting more than $44 million to date.

“We are thrilled to present these grants to such a diverse group of community and national non-profits that are on the front lines every day in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” shares Executive Director Dawn Roberson. “The services and programs they offer are among the best and we know that by investing in their efforts we can together achieve an AIDS-free generation and ensure those living with HIV have a high-quality of life and care.”

With more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States today and hundreds of diagnoses each year, services from local organizations and community groups are critical to the fight to end HIV/AIDS. The 2018 DIFFA National Grantees serve critical areas and target populations including homeless individuals, the LGBT community, youth ages 13-24, people of color, elders and incarcerated populations. The organizations offer a range of services to fight stigma, work on prevention and education, and offer nutrition, counseling and job preparedness services.

“Through Gift for Life fundraising events and activities, members of our gift and home industry were able to aid in-need and at-risk communities nationwide,” said George Kacic, Gift for Life chair.  We are pleased and proud that DIFFA National has been able to make such a wide-ranging impact with our donations and we are grateful for the industry’s support.”

DIFFA National’s 2018 Grantees:

  • AID Atlanta
  • AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance (ALFA)
  • Ali Forney Center
  • Allies for Health + Wellbeing
  • Alpha Workshops
  • Bailey House, Inc.
  • BOOM!Health
  • Community Health Project, Inc.
  • Correctional Association of New York
  • Equality Federation Institute
  • Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc.
  • God’s Love We Deliver, Inc.
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute, Inc.
  • Housing Works, Inc.
  • Jerusalem House
  • North Idaho AIDS Coalition
  • Peter & Paul Community Services
  • Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.
  • Research Foundation for SUNY
  • SAGE – Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders, Inc.
  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (SWHIV)
  • The Aliveness Project
  • Vermont CARES
  • Visual AIDS for the Arts, Inc.
  • Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
  • Washington Heights Corner Project, Inc.

Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has granted more than $44 million to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country combating HIV/AIDS through preventive education, treatment, direct care and advocacy.

For more information, about DIFFA and its 2018 grantees visit diffa.org.



DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by the disease, offering preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, or supporting public policy initiatives. DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots organization into a national foundation based in New York City with chapters and community partners across the country that, working together, have provided more than $44 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. www.diffa.org.


Gift for Life unites the gift and home industries against AIDS with more than $5 million raised since its inception in 1992. In 2008, Gift for Life selected DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., as its main charity partner. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $44 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. In 2018, with Gift for Life’s help, DIFFA National granted $285,000 to 26 organizations nationwide. More information is available at www.giftforlife.org and at www.diffa.org.


Media Contacts:

Dawn Roberson, DIFFA


Cathy Steel, Gift for Life