DIFFA National Awards Funds to 31 Organizations at Annual Grants & Giving Celebration

By Katherine Smythe


Earlier this month, we attended the annual Grants & Giving Celebration hosted by DIFFA National (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) at Current at Chelsea Piers. With a mission to support organizations nationwide that provide education, treatment and prevention services to individuals with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, DIFFA presented $331,500 in grants to 31 nonprofits that share in the cause. Grant recipients traveled from as far as Atlanta and Arizona to attend the NYC-based event.

Representatives from the 2017 Grantees

Representatives from the 2017 Grantees

The Grants & Giving Celebration demonstrates the true reach and impact of DIFFA’s fundraising, supporting a diverse class of grantees that serve communities in need across the country. Fundraising organizations like DIFFA provide the resources many nonprofits depend on to offer full service and care to the communities they serve. Now more than ever, with health care costs rising and insurance policies in limbo, vulnerable individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS are dependent on these organizations for care and treatment. From organizations providing prevention and care, such as Planned Parenthood NYC and Trillium Health, to those that provide housing and support services for at-risk communities and those living with HIV/AIDS, such as The Ali Forney Center and Bailey House, each grant recipient has a transformative impact on the lives of those affected by this disease.

DIFFA Grants and Giving_Kravet

In addition to celebrating the grantees, DIFFA presented a special honor to Kravet Inc. The fifth-generation family business, a leading distributor of fabrics, furniture and wall coverings, is a long-standing supporter of a variety of charitable organizations and DIFFA in particular. Cary Kravet, President of Kravet Inc., offered remarks that evening on the generosity of the design industry. Kravet noted how designers, by nature, commit their lives to making the lives of others better; they demonstrate this both in their work and in their capacity for giving back.

Beloved DIFFA programs such as DINING BY DESIGN and Picnic By Design are just two examples of how the design community donates its time and creativity to a cause that has impacted so many, in our own community and in those we serve. The annual Grants & Giving Celebration reminds us to continue to work together to “make a DIFFArence.”

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