With the help of Gift for Life, this week the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) National granted $285,000 to 26 organization nationwide providing treatment, direct care and prevention education services to people living with HIV/AIDS. DIFFA has granted a total of $1 million in funding this year. The organization is a top funder of HIV in the country, granting more than $44 million to date.
“We are thrilled to present these grants to such a diverse group of community and national non-profits that are on the front lines every day in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” shares Executive Director Dawn Roberson. “The services and programs they offer are among the best and we know that by investing in their efforts we can together achieve an AIDS-free generation and ensure those living with HIV have a high-quality of life and care.”
With more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States today and hundreds of diagnoses each year, services from local organizations and community groups are critical to the fight to end HIV/AIDS. The 2018 DIFFA National Grantees serve critical areas and target populations including homeless individuals, the LGBT community, youth ages 13-24, people of color, elders 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
“Through Gift for Life fundraising events and activities, members of our gift and home industry were able to aid in-need and at-risk communities nationwide,” said George Kacic, Gift for Life chair. "We are pleased and proud that DIFFA National has been able to make such a wide-ranging impact with our donations and we are grateful for the industry’s support.”