In 2011, the Foundation held fund-raising walks, provided grants to domestic violence shelters around the world and launched a new national program for domestic violence victims.
Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence
Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence was a non-competitive, family-friendly event for all ages with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting local domestic violence agencies. The event, which allowed families to walk 18 holes of a PGA TOUR golf course, was a collaboration between the Avon Foundation for Women and the PGA TOUR Wives Association. It began as an annual event in Charlotte, NC, in 2009, and expanded to Chicago in 2011. The events raised awareness about the issue, as well as life-saving funds for domestic violence organizations in North Carolina and Illinois.
Avon Global Believe Fund
In honor of Avon’s 125th anniversary, the company and the Avon Foundation launched the $2 million Avon Global Believe Fund to support women’s domestic violence shelters and agencies across the globe. The Avon Foundation partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) to identify the best victim services providers to receive Avon Believe Fund grants around the world and to expand and improve the network of shelters that provide life-saving services for victims of domestic violence and their families.
In 2011, Avon and the Avon Foundation awarded 15 Believe Grants to outstanding domestic violence nonprofits in Avon markets worldwide; the Foundation announced 10 additional grants in March 2012, in honor of International Women’s Day.
Expanding the Global Partnership
to End Violence Against Women
Building on the successes of the 2010 Avon Foundation launch with Vital Voices and the U.S. Department of State, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women expanded its efforts in 2011 with renewed Avon Foundation support. New programming included a mentorship program, grant awards for Global Partnership delegation local projects, and an African regional sexual violence institute in South Africa that trained participants to identify, evaluate and overcome obstacles to the successful investigation and prosecution of sexual violence cases.
Women NGO leaders from ten partnership delegations participated in the Global Partnership Mentorship Program in Washington, D.C., New York City and Phoenix, AZ. The comprehensive program included meetings with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal, members of the Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues, Commissioner Yolanda Jimenez of the New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and other domestic violence leaders.
The Global Partnership Grant Program provided support for five NGOs from Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East to fund research and development projects focused on ending violence against women in their countries.
Teaming with Glamour Magazine
to End Relationship Violence
The Avon Foundation partnered with Glamour magazine to raise funds through Glamour’s TELLNOW mobile giving campaign to help ensure the National Domestic Violence Hotline phones never went unanswered. In 2010, due to a lack of resources, 83,027 calls went unanswered — more than 1,590 calls per week. The TELLNOW mobile giving campaign was part of Glamour magazine’s “Tell Somebody” campaign, launched in its June issue, to honor the one-year anniversary of domestic violence victim Yeardley Love’s death. Through the campaign, Glamour encouraged women to talk about relationship violence both to ask for help and to offer it without judgment. To make sure no call went unanswered between the program’s launch in June and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Avon Foundation donated $200,000.
Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program
In 2011, the Avon Foundation launched a national Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program to fund dedicated staff in 15 programs serving domestic violence victims across the country, bringing the two-year program total to $2.5 million awarded to agencies in 18 states. These specialists will help domestic violence victims learn new life-survival skills, apply for new jobs, continue their education, and create violence-free lives for themselves and their children. The Foundation will award new grants in 2012, bringing total funds for this program to more than $4 million.
Avon Foundation for Women Gala
The Avon Foundation for Women Global Voices for Change Gala took place on November 2, 2011, honoring global champions working to end breast cancer and domestic violence.
The event raised more than $2.3 million for the Avon Foundation and featured award presentations by Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Delta Goodrem, Ashley Greene, and Avon's Andrea Jung.
More than 800 guests from 39 countries attended the event. Stay tuned to www.avonfoundation.org for more details on the 2012 Avon Foundation Gala on October 30!