More than 60 Years of Progress

About Us

cause-logoSince 1955, the Avon Foundation for Women has promoted or aided charitable, scientific, educational and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on activities that improve the lives of women and their families. Beginning in 2018, the Avon Foundation shifted its geographic focus to more than 50 markets worldwide, working in partnership with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world.

Our efforts to eradicate breast cancer and to end violence against women worldwide have helped move these issues out of the shadows and into the public dialogue. And as attitudes continue to change – from fear and isolation to knowledge, action and empowerment – so do the lives of countless women everywhere.

To date, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed more than $1 billion to causes that matter most to women.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of women globally. In our core cause areas of Breast Cancer and Violence Against Women, we aim to accelerate progress, accountability and discovery, while also reducing the social stigma that sometimes keeps these issues in the shadows.

We take a woman-centric approach on all projects to break traditional barriers and build a better future for women, because we know that the greater the support, the more empowered women feel to take control of their health and safety.

We lead efforts on breast health awareness and prevention through the Avon Breast Cancer Promise, and to help end gender-based violence through the Avon Promise to End Violence Against Women and Girls using four key strategies:

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