About Us

HISTORY

Gift for Life was founded in 1992 by a small group of gift industry professionals responding to the tragic loss of friends and colleagues as a result of AIDS. Since then, Gift for Life has raised more than $5M for AIDS research and education, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. 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 sole charity partner.

FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

Proceeds from Gift for Life fundraising go directly to DIFFA and donations are tax deductible. Gift for Life takes a three-pronged approach to raising funds:

  • Party for Life annual fundraiser, which features industry awards and silent auction.
  • Industry events held in connection with trade shows across the U.S.
  • Cause Marketing, which allows manufacturers to become involved with product or line donations.
Gift For Life is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who donate time, energy and resources to help unite the gift and home industries against AIDS. Photo: Gift for Life’s Board of Directors at the 2016 Party for Life.
Proceeds from Gift for Life fundraising go directly to DIFFA and donations are tax deductible. In 2016, DIFFA National granted more than $333,000 to 26 organizations providing treatment, education, prevention and advocacy.

Board of Directors

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George Kacic

(Chair) AmericasMart
(Vice Chair)

Matt Katzenson

(Vice Chair)   Fine Lines Company

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

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Caitlin Kelly

Whereoware

Cathy Steel

Steel Associates

Chad Corzine

The Urban Agriculture Co.

Chad Howard

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Cole Daugherty

Dallas Market Center

Dayna Fields

Von Rabenau Media Group

Dorothy Belshaw

International Market Centers

Doug Self

JDouglas

Frank Joens

L.A. Mart

George Kacic

AmericasMart

Jannetta Litzman

Brandwise, Inc.

Jenny Hammons

Jenny Hammons Company

Jessica Barile

Paddywax

Jill Sands

The Trend Forecaster

Kathy Krassner

PRESENT Magazine

Kim Wahlberg

Kimberly Wahlberg Company

Kimberly Baker

Great American Media Services

Marc Blackwell

Marc Blackwell New York

Matt Katzenson

Fine Lines

Michael Turnbull

AMC Inc.

Monica Loving

Ivystone

Nancy Michael

International Housewares Association

Peter Schauben

Appelman Schauben

Randi Mohr

NY NOW / Emerald Expositions

Scott Kramer

NY NOW / Emerald Expositions

Sheila Charton

International Council of Shopping Centers

Stu Teller

Right Angle Strategies

Warren Shoulberg

Progressive Business Media