Gift for Life Welcomes New Board Member

August 10, 2020 — Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ sole national charitable organization, announced today that Tim Hart of Emerald Expositions has joined its board of directors.

Tim is Senior Vice President of the Retail Group at Emerald and is responsible for NY NOW and American Handcrafted. Prior to Emerald, Tim held a variety of strategy and business development roles at UBM and then Informa, where he was responsible for new revenue initiatives globally. At UBM, Tim developed a deep understanding of retail markets and wholesale tradeshows through the acquisition and integration of MAGIC, Coterie and Business Journals Inc. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

“NY NOW has been a long-time supporter of Gift for Life and we are delighted to welcome Tim to the Gift for Life board,” said Matthew Katzenson, chair of the Gift for Life Board. “We look forward to leveraging Tim’s deep B2B experience to further our fundraising efforts.”

“Gift for Life’s mission has become even more relevant in recent times given that many people of color are impacted by HIV/AIDS. Given NY NOW’s focus on using its platform and reach to support diversity, there is a strong fit between our missions,” said Tim. “NY NOW has a long history supporting Gift for Life. “I want to continue this tradition and ensure the NY NOW platform can be used to assist those whose life has been impacted by HIV/AIDS.”

Gift for Life unites the gift and home industries against HIV/AIDS. Through a series of special events, cause marketing efforts and other fundraising initiatives, Gift for Life raises funds to benefit grantmaking to fight HIV/AIDS. In 2019, with Gift for Life’s help, its beneficiary DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS awarded grants to 22 organizations providing HIV/AIDS treatment, education, prevention and advocacy programs nationwide. For additional information visit


Gift for Life unites the gift and home industries against AIDS with nearly $6 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. More information is available at and at