Avon Foundation for Women: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: This funder supports breast cancer causes related to health care access, education, screening, and scientific research.

IP TAKE:  While Avon is a major breast cancer funder, it is not fully transparent about its grantmaking habits, and no public application process.

PROFILE: The Avon Foundation for Women is the philanthropic of Avon Products, the fifth-largest cosmetics brand and second-largest multi-level marketing companies in the world. The foundation was established in 1955, with the aim of “taking a female-centric approach to break down traditional barriers and build a better future for women.” Since its inception, the foundation has contributed over $1 billion to women’s causes, and has always focused its efforts on promoting scientific, educational and humanitarian activities. Its current programs include the Avon Breast Cancer Promise, the Avon Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls, and the Global Scholarship Program.

The Avon Foundation’s Breast Cancer Promise started in 1992 with its Global Breast Cancer Crusade and has given over $815 million to breast cancer-related programs around the world through 2015. Its stated goals are to promote “early detection of breast cancer,” to “help every woman know the risks,” “help every woman know the signs,” and “help every woman know how to take action.” The foundation provides support to access-to-care safety-net programs for the medically underserved, outreach programs for education and screening, and scientific research to find treatment and a cure.

The Avon Foundation’s grants generally range from $75,000 to $650,000. Grantseekers may review the foundation’s Past Grants for more information on the kinds of organizations Avon supports.

The Avon Foundation accepts applications by invitation only and will not respond to unsolicited requests for funding.


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