DIFFA Gives Back: Annual Grants & Giving Celebration Nov. 8

DIFFA National to Introduce 31 Grantees Combating HIV/AIDS Nationwide on November 8 – Annual Grant Reception to feature special honor for Kravet Inc.

With health care costs on the rise in the United States, individuals with pre-existing conditions face the dilemma in funding life-saving treatment and care. Recognizing the critical role of local nonprofits and community-based organizations in offering a solution to this issue, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) grants funds annually to support organizations nationwide that provide education, treatment and prevention to individuals living or at risk of HIV/AIDS. This year, DIFFA will grant $331,500 to 31 organizations dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. The 2017 grantees will be recognized at the annual Grants and Giving Celebration on Wednesday, November 8 at Current at Chelsea Piers.

“We are thrilled to present these grants to a diverse group of community and national non-profits that are working daily to provide care to thousands of individuals impacted by HV/AIDS,” DIFFA board chair Cindy Allen said. “We are proud to invest in their efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation and ensure those living with HIV have a high-quality of life and care.”

This special evening will also honor Kravet Inc., a fifth-generation family business and leading distributor of fabrics, furniture, wall coverings and more. Kravet Inc., is a long-standing supporter of a variety of organizations addressing local and national causes. For more than a decade, Kravet has supported and contributed to a number of DIFFA initiatives such as Specify With Care and number of fundraisers including DINING BY DESIGN.

“We are honored by DIFFA’s acknowledgement and to support a cause that is so important to this industry. As we celebrate our past and inspire the future of design, our company is committed to aligning ourselves with organizations like DIFFA that are devoted to improving the lives of the HIV/AIDS community,” said Lisa Kravet, Executive Vice President, Kravet Inc.

The Grants and Giving Celebration will gather 200 of DIFFA’s key stakeholders and community leaders to introduce DIFFA National’s 2017 grantees representing 31 organizations nationwide. The grant recipients serve critical areas and target populations including homeless individuals, the LGBT community, youth ages 13-24, people of color, elderly 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.

DIFFA National’s 2017 Grantees include:
AID Atlanta
AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance (ALFA)
Ali Forney Center
Allies for Health + Wellbeing
Alpha Workshops
Bailey House
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
Equality Federation Institute
God’s Love We Deliver
HEAT Program (The Research Foundation for SUNY)
HMI (Hetrick-Martin Institute)
Housing Works
JBT Foundation, Inc.
Jerusalem House
North Idaho AIDS Coalition
Peter & Paul Community Services
Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (SWHIV)
The Aliveness Project
The Correctional Association of New York
The Doe Fund
Trillium Health
Vermont CARES
Visual AIDS for the Arts, Inc.
Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
Washington Heights CORNER Project

Sponsorships, group, and individual tickets are available for purchase at www.diffa.org/grantreception/ For more information about DIFFA and its 2017 grantees, visit diffa.org.

DIFFA 2016 Grantees


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 $43 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. www.diffa.org.