2016 DIFFA Grantees

Where does the money go?

In 2016, 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.

AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA)

North Carolina
Support for HIV prevention education and testing to high risk populations and direct care services to people living with HIV/AIDS in rural North Carolina.

Ali Forney Center

Astoria, Queens NY (serves 5 boroughs/LI)
To support the provision of meals at AFC's Emergency Housing Shelter, the only shelter for homeless LGBT ages 21-24 in NYC.

Alpha Workshops

New York
Continued research, development, and marketing for The Alpha Workshops Studios, hiring artisans directly from the Alpha Workshops' Studio School and staffed entirely by graduates, men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

Bailey House

New York
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
Support important efforts to fight HIV/AIDS among high risk and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in New York City through HOTT (Health Outreach to Teens)

Equality Federation Institute

Bringing HIV/AIDS experts and our state-based LGBTQ leadership in our Southern cohort to develop strategies to affect state level policy impacting people living with HIV/AIDS.


New York
Support the continued implementation of an expanded and formalized program for the transgender and gender-nonconforming community — a population at extremely high-risk for HIV/AIDS.

God’s Love We Deliver

New York and New Jersey
Provide over 250,000 meals and nutrition counseling to at least 1,200 individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

HEAT Program (The Research Foundation for SUNY)

Established in 1991, HEAT is the only comprehensive care program of its kind in Brooklyn that provides age and developmentally appropriate, culturally competent care for heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgender youth who are living with or at very high-risk for HIV/AIDS.

HMI (Hetrick-Martin Institute)

New York
Support of a peer leadership project entitled POWers – Peer Outreach Workers – that offers preventative education programs and services targeted to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and a preventative education program and services targeted to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth, ages 13-24, who are at a higher risk of HIV infection, including testing and harm reduction services.

Housing Works

Support to fund 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.

Jerusalem House

Atlanta, GA
Defray general operating costs associated with the Scattered Site II Program expansion to 324 units and the 60 unit New Horizon Program expansion over the next year.

Just Been Tested Foundation Inc (JBT)

New York
Funding Urban Area and College HIV Testing Tour

Lantern Community Services

New York
Improve health outcomes through increasing access to evidence-based interventions for formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS in supportive housing

Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education

New York
Provide support for sexual health education and leadership development training to empower at-risk young women of color in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Peter & Paul Community Services

St. Louis, MO
Support for the expansion of sobriety services for Positive Directions; a transitional housing program that serves homeless men and women living with HIV/AIDS

Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force

Implementation of an ambitious expansion plan to provide comprehensive integrated care for individuals living with HIV, including direct medical care, and to increase services for those at risk of infection.

Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.

New York
Support for Project Street Beat, our HIV/STI prevention, risk reduction, and access-to-care program that serves individuals whole live and work on New York City's streets.

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

New York
Underwrite SAGEPositive, SAGE's cadre of support groups, education & wellness programs, testing services, and social engagement opportunities for LGBT older adults living with or at risk for HIV.

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

Pima County, Arizona
Health Education and Health Promotion Activities: Participants engage in interactive discussions, debates and staff facilitated lessons through which they gain knowledge about HIV/AIDS, STIs, PrEP, mental and physical wellbeing, and the benefits of personal hygiene.

The Correctional Association of New York

New York
Support for its 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.

The Doe Fund

New York
Support to ensure a high quality of life for our individuals living with HIV/AIDS in our A Better Place (ABP) facility, which implements programming that promotes health and builds a sense of community among its residents.

Trillium Health

Rochester, NY
Support and expand our PrEP Squad program which offers PrEP preventative education and treatment engagement for men who have sex with men including subpopulations most at risk of new infection (MSM of color, transwomen, and youth 13-24.)

Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)

New York State (statewide organization)
Continue its campaign to expand enhanced rental assistance to all HIV+ New Yorkers statewide.

Washington Heights CORNER Project

New York
Expand targeted services for sex workers. Women engaging in sex work will be targeted through outreach and invited to CORNER Project’s Drop-In Center weekly. Health educators will offer prevention education and support relevant to women working in the sex trade in a safe indoor environment. Drop-In Center amenities will be made available including bathroom, makeup counter, and a complement of safer sex supplies, clothing and shoes.