Where does the money go?

In 2015, Gift for Life helped DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS National grant more than $225,000 to 17 organizations across the U.S. These organizations ensure that young people are getting tested and know their status, work with high-risk populations on education and care, provide housing and nutritional support, and even provide job readiness and training so that individuals living with HIV can have productive, fulfilling lives. 

2015 DIFFA Grantees

Ali Forney Center
New York
To support the provision of meals at AFC’s Emergency Housing Shelter, the only shelter for homeless LGBT ages 21-24 in NYC, and the one with the highest concentration of HIV positive youth.

AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA)
North Carolina
upport for HIV prevention education and testing to high risk populations and direct care services to people living with HIV in rural North Carolina.

Alpha Workshops
New York
Building on the successful funding of the Alpha Storefront, this proposal requests funds for research, development, and marketing for The Alpha Workshops Studios, a social enterprise creating handmade wallpapers, furniture, and finishes while creating jobs for people with HIV.

Bailey House
New York
Bailey House seeks program support for Bailey-Holt House, the nation’s first congregate supportive housing residence for people living with HIV/AIDS. The residence provides housing and supportive case management for 46 single adults living with HIV/AIDS.

New York
To implement a Saturday session of holistic HIV/AIDS prevention education program targeting high-risk LGBTQ youth, and young women of color, ages 13-24, in the South and Central Bronx communities served by BOOM!Health.

Callen-Lorde  Community Health Center
New York
Callen-Lorde seeks support from DIFFA to support important efforts to fight HIV/AIDS among high risk and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in New York City through HOTT

New York
Support an expanded and formalized program for the Transgender community – one of the most HIV-at-risk populations in the nation.

God’s Love We Deliver
New York and New Jersey
Support food and nutrition services for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

HEAT Program (The Research Foundation for SUNY)
New York
The HEAT Program will use funds to address the unique barriers to prevention, engagement, and retention in health and mental health care for HIV and at-risk House/Ballroom community youth of color, LGBT or men who have sex with men (ages 13-24) in Brooklyn.

HMI (Hetrick-Martin Institute)
New York
Support to reinstate our Community PROMISE program, an evidence-based HIV/AIDS education intervention targeted to LGBTQ youth, with a focus on HIV-positive individuals. The program uses peer education as a tool to reduce unsafe behaviors that put individuals at risk for HIV/AIDS infection and transmission.

Housing Works
New York
Support to fund our Outreach to Homeless Youth (OHY) program, which provides lifesaving services to homeless and street youth, with particular emphasis on LGBT youth of color in vulnerable Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Central Brooklyn, East New York, Brownsville and Bushwick.

Jerusalem House
Atlanta, GA
Provide general operating costs during a 200-unit Scattered Site II Program expansion and help launch the New Horizons Program, which supports homeless and low-income individuals, families and children affected by HIV/AIDS

Just Been Tested Foundation Inc (JBT)
New York
Fund “JBT College and Urban Area Testing Tour” to test 2000 young adults

Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.
New York
Hired two part-time Peer Navigators for Project Street Beat, HIV/STI prevention, risk reduction, and access-to-care program. The Peer Navigators would provide outreach and support to HIV+ individuals (women, sex workers, people who inject drugs, homeless, people of color) in case management.

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
New York
Fund existing and new support groups focused on long-time HIV survivors, which counteract social isolation among HIV+ LGBT elders.

The Correctional Association of New York
New York
Monitoring, reporting and advocacy efforts aimed at: improving systems to identify HIV+ persons in NYS correctional facilities; improving the care provided to HIV+ identified persons in NYS prisons; and improving discharge planning for all HIV+ identified persons released to the community.

Washington Heights CORNER Project
New York
Injection drug users
Support and expand the peer education program to decrease HIV, hepatitis C and overdose in Northern Manhattan. Peer educators provide harm reduction supplies, referrals to healthcare, and education to the most isolated, disengaged and highest at risk populations.