Since its inception in 1955, the fundamental mission of the Avon Foundation for Women has been to promote or aid charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on those activities that improve the lives of women and their families.

In its work to realize those aspirations, the Foundation’s current mission focus is to lead efforts to eradicate breast cancer and end domestic and gender violence using four key strategies:

Fund the most promising work; Convene its grantees, partners and other thought leaders to collaborate and share best practices for improved outcomes; Initiate new directions and innovative projects to accelerate progress; and Educate the general public and key audiences to drive and change behavior to achieve its mission goals.

Eradicating Breast Cancer

The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to the mission of eradicating breast cancer. The US Avon Foundation leads Avon’s Global Breast Cancer Crusade, launched in 1992, which has donated more than $815 Million to this mission in more than 55 countries.

The Avon Foundation’s current breast cancer priorities focus on:

  • Accelerating breast cancer research.

  • Improving access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care for all populations, especially the underserved and poor.

  • Increasing both the awareness and understanding of the need to improve breast health care for all populations, and to provide equal access to the resources necessary for long-term breast cancer survival.

To achieve these goals, the Foundation:

FUNDS

The Foundation makes grants to outstanding nonprofit organizations working with breast cancer populations, with a focus on those that conduct research; provide education and awareness programs; improve screening, diagnoses and care for underserved populations; and offer critical support and services for breast cancer patients, survivors and all those in the general population appropriate for screening, which may include men and young women.

CONVENES

The Foundation convenes breast cancer care, research and direct service leaders to identify needs and new directions, and to share best practices and new advances. Uniquely among funders, the Avon Foundation convenes hundreds of its breast cancer grantees annually, alternating between research and access to care focused programs, to ensure optimum outcomes and the success of all funded programs. It also regularly convenes other leadership assemblies around key issues, such as its Virus and Breast Cancer Research Consortium; New Diagnostic Tests and Treatments Consortium that most recently launched an Innovation Start-Up Challenge for business schools; a Patient Navigation Summit; two Global Breast Cancer Congresses; and two Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars US Conference and Study Programs.

INITIATES

The Foundation identifies key gaps in breast cancer research and access to care and works with grantees, partners and leaders to launch new work and accelerate the impact of their achievements, including the identification and launch of new research directions, partnering on key research projects, fostering and funding new collaborative programs, identifying government and industry partners with shared goals and creating public/private partnerships. Many of these programs lead to significant education and awareness campaigns to advance the understanding and utility of its funded work and to bring findings and advances to public attention, especially within underserved and poor communities.

EDUCATES

The Foundation's mission includes educating and raising awareness about breast health with general and targeted populations and the media to ensure that advances in breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and research are well known, understood and accessible to all those diagnosed with breast cancer, or who may be helped by early intervention in the future.

Ending Domestic and Gender Violence

The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to the mission of ending domestic and gender violence. The US Avon Foundation leads Avon’s Global Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative, which was launched in 2004, and has donated almost $58 Million to this mission in more than 50 countries.

The Avon Foundation’s current domestic and gender violence priorities focus on:

  • Breaking the public and private silence that surrounds domestic and gender violence and abuse, which shames victims and excuses and encourages abusers.

  • Improving and expanding successful and impactful victim services for both immediate crisis care and long term advances to safety, security and the successful interruption of the cycle of violence for victims and families.

  • Identifying and launching strategies to prevent domestic and gender violence and save lives.

To achieve these goals, the Foundation:

FUNDS

The Foundation makes grants to outstanding nonprofit organizations working to end violence against women and serve victims and their families, with a focus on those that provide education and awareness programs; offer critical support and services for victims and their families; provide education and direction for peer-led programs; design and conduct prevention programs; implement laws to protect victims of violence; train victims to become economically independent; conduct research; and address and reduce dating abuse among young populations.

CONVENES

The Foundation convenes leaders and implements collaborative approaches to accelerate advances in reducing gender violence. Uniquely among funders, the Avon Foundation facilitates the convening of grantees, partners and experts to encourage best practices and to design and advance creative solutions and pilots, including conferences for the Avon Foundation-funded Survivor Economic Empowerment Coordinators; collaborating within its Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women to hold global conferences, mentoring programs and training initiatives; and creating impactful forums for presentation of the Global Communications X-Change Awards.

INITIATES

The Foundation identifies and works with grantees, partners and leaders to launch new work and accelerate the impact of their achievements, including the identification and presentation of new research for the NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault coalition; creation of materials to engage more employers and funders on the issue of domestic violence through a White House Council on Women and Girls program; expansion of a child trauma counseling pilot to include children in domestic violence shelters and foster children; and expansion of a Domestic Violence Homicide Emergency Response Initiative.

EDUCATES

The Foundation's mission includes increasing public awareness and knowledge about the impact of gender violence on women, children, families and communities. It leads efforts to expand the public dialogue necessary to change attitudes and reverse the silent acceptance of abuse, and generate public interest and media coverage to remove the stigma and shame experienced by survivors to allow them to create violence-free futures for themselves and their families.