The U.S.-based Avon Products Foundation, Inc., referred to as the Avon Foundation for Women (“Avon Foundation”), leads Avon’s global philanthropy program. All local fundraising and grant programs are conducted by Avon’s individual country markets.
Since its inception in 1955, the Avon Foundation’s fundamental mission has been to promote or aid charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on programs that improve the lives of women and their families.
Read more about Avon Foundation’s mission on the Avon Foundation website.
The Avon Foundation raises funds in the United States for breast cancer and domestic violence programs through special Avon products sold by independent Avon Sales Representatives (“Representatives”), with a percentage of net proceeds donated to the Avon Foundation. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which attracts tens of thousands of participants each year, raises substantial funding from the public.
In addition, Avon provides in-kind and financial support to the operations of the Avon Foundation. Detailed financial reports showing our donations to the Avon Foundation, funds raised, grants awarded and more details, can be found on the Avon Foundation financials page.
The Avon Foundation awards breast cancer and domestic violence grants through a competitive application process guided by external experts on respective advisory boards, the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Advisory Board and the Avon Foundation Domestic Violence Advisory Board. The Avon Foundation also awards grants through Avon’s Healthy Forests, Beautiful World program, formerly known as Hello Green Tomorrow. The Avon Foundation donates funds raised through the sale of special, environmentally conscious products to The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund to support reforestation projects in Brazil and Indonesia, two of the most critically endangered ecosystems.
Strategic guidance for the Avon Foundation, fiduciary responsibility and final decisions on grant making are among the responsibilities of the Avon Foundation Board of Directors.
For breast cancer, the Avon Foundation awards grants through a competitive process seeking research that focuses on the causes of breast cancer, prevention and ultimately, a cure; outreach and education; screening and diagnostics for early detection; improved access to quality care for all; and treatment and support services.
For domestic violence, the Avon Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations working to end violence against women and serve victims and their families, with a focus on those that provide education and awareness, offer critical support, and develop prevention programs.
Read more about the Avon Foundation’s grants on the Avon Foundation website.
Avon is proud to encourage the personal philanthropy of Avon Associates. In the United States, through the Avon Foundation for Women U.S. Associate Matching Gifts Program, the company matches donations made from all full-time U.S.-based Associates to a wide range of causes and programs. The Avon Foundation matches minimum contributions of $25, up to a maximum of $15,000, per Associate and per calendar year, to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations. Each calendar year, the Avon Foundation will provide a 2:1 match to charities up to a maximum of $500, and a 1:1 match for all pledges exceeding $500, up to a maximum of $15,000.