New York, NY, August 1, 2013 – The Avon Foundation for Women has announced the approval of nearly $5 million in new grants to support 28 breast cancer organizations and 64 domestic violence organizations in the United States during the third quarter of 2013.
Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Grants
Since its launch in 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has donated more than $780 million in 58 countries to leading cancer centers and community-based breast health programs focusing in three areas: scientific research, access to care programs for the medically underserved and outreach programs focused on education and screening. As a direct result of these programs in the U.S., more than three million women have received free mammograms and breast cancer screenings since 2000 and more than 12 million women have been educated about breast cancer and the importance of early detection to date.
A majority of the following Avon Breast Cancer Crusade grants will be awarded at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events in Santa Barbara and San Francisco in September:
Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Research Programs
In its continuing support of scientific research into the causes, prevention and detection of breast cancer, the Avon Foundation has awarded nearly $3.4 million to the following breast cancer research programs to fund new preventive strategies and treatments for breast cancer:
- Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope (Duarte, Calif.), to research BRCA mutations unique to Latino women and men.
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles), to research markers in blood to identify patients with aggressive breast cancer.
- The Center for Advancing Innovation (Leesburg, Va.), to translate discoveries from the lab bench and develop and commercialize them to benefit breast cancer patients.
- Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (Santa Monica, Calif.), to continue its support of the Love/Avon Army of Women to recruit breast cancer research study volunteers.
- Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.), to examine combinations of environmental carcinogen exposures in breast cancer development.
- Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York), to participate in the Avon Virus & Breast Cancer Research Consortium.
- San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (San Francisco), home of an Avon Foundation Breast Care Center of Excellence, to continue support of its high-risk genetic clinic and two breast cancer research projects.
- UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (Los Angeles), home of an Avon Foundation Breast Care Center of Excellence, to continue its support of access to care at Olive View Medical Center and to enable women to access cutting-edge clinical trials.
- University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.), to create a 3D model of human breast tissue to improve our understanding of the effects of carcinogens on healthy breast tissue.
- Zero Breast Cancer (San Rafael, Calif.), to support its community-based research to find preventable causes of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence.
Avon Foundation Access to Care Programs
To support the Avon Safety Net access to care programs, the Avon Foundation awarded more than $810,000 to the following organizations and institutions to improve access to health care for uninsured, at-risk, low-income and minority patients, as well as outreach focused on nutrition, education and screening:
- Alameda County Medical Center/Alameda County Health Care Foundation (Oakland, Calif.)
- Cancer Center of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
- Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (Oakland, Calif.)
- Council of Community Clinics (San Diego)
- Johns Hopkins University, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (Baltimore)
- Northridge Hospital Foundation (Northridge, Calif.)
- Project Angel Food (Los Angeles)
- San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (San Francisco)
- The Breast Cancer Resource Center Of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
- UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (Los Angeles)
In addition, the Avon Foundation for Women approved $240,000 to fund the second class of 24 Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars, who will receive advanced clinical training at leading U.S. medical centers supported by the Avon Foundation to learn new techniques and strategies to improve breast cancer treatment in their home countries.
Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Grants
The Avon Foundation launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through the end of 2012 in the United States, the Avon Foundation has donated more than $33 million to the domestic violence cause. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through educational information disseminated by more than 6 million global Avon Representatives.
The Avon Foundation for Women approved $500,000 in grants to 64 domestic violence organizations in Avon’s regional locations to support direct services for victims and their families. The organizations are located in 20 states and Puerto Rico.
About the Avon Foundation for Women
The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women. Through 2012, Avon global philanthropy, led by the Avon Foundation, has donated more than $910 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses on funding breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.