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Timeline of Selected Highlights of Avon Philanthropy

1886

Avon is founded on the belief of advancing women.

1955

Avon creates the Avon Products Foundation, Inc. (later named the Avon Foundation for Women) to advance the mission of improving the lives of women and their families. The first grant is a single $400 scholarship.

1992

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in the United Kingdom with the sale of a pink ribbon pin.

1993

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in the United States and starts its global expansion, utilizing fundraising products and educational literature.

The Crusade also launches in Canada and Taiwan.

1994

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Mexico and Venezuela.

1995

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Guatemala, Italy and Spain.

1996

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in El Salvador, Panama and Turkey.

1997

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Chile, Czech Republic and Honduras.

1998

The first Avon multi-day breast cancer fundraising walk debuts in southern California and raises $4 million. Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Argentina, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and Thailand.

1999

Avon Foundation launches its first annual Breast Cancer Forum to drive collaboration among institutions funded by Foundation grants.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador.

2000

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in the Dominican Republic.

2001

First globally coordinated fundraising effort, Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer, launches in 50 countries.

The first disaster/emergency program is launched in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 with the sale of a pin; in three months more than $7 million is raised for the families of the victims.

The first annual Avon Foundation Fundraising Gala takes place in New York City just weeks after the terrorist attacks, to continue the Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer commitment.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in China, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Ukraine.

2002

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Bolivia, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia and the United Arab Emirates

2003

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series launches in the U.S. Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Bulgaria and Peru

2004

The Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program launches with the support of actress Salma Hayek in the US and Mexico.

The Avon Foundation awards $550,000 for relief efforts in response to the Tsunami in Asia and sales of a fundraising pin bring the total to $1 million.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

2005

The Avon Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary with the launch of the Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer series, expanding and coordinating Avon’s breast cancer events and mobilization globally.

In response to Hurricane Katrina, Avon and the Avon Foundation donate more than $1 million and 20 truckloads of products.  Sales of the fundraising keychain raises $758,000 (of the total $1 million) to help breast cancer and domestic violence victims in the affected area.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Colombia and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence launches in Puerto Rico.

2006

The Need for Speed Against Domestic Violence Relay Series is launched to raise funds and awareness for domestic violence.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Kazakhstan.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence launches in Dominican Republic.

2007

Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is named Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation.

Avon co-hosts its first Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow to celebrate International Women's Day at the United Nations with UNIFEM, UN-DESA, and The Virtue Foundation, to advance women's empowerment.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland and Montenegro.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence launches in Honduras.

2008

Avon hosts its second Global Summit for A Better Tomorrow at the UN for International Women's Day, and the Avon Foundation commits $1 million to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

Avon supports a Senior Roundtable for Women & Justice at the U.S. State Department, with participants from around the world, to find global solutions that address women's safety and access to justice.

The Avon Foundation partners with the U.S. State Department to pioneer an expert symposium: "Breast Cancer Global Congress: Forming Alliances to Combat the Growing Global Burden of Breast Cancer."

Avon Foundation and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation create the Love/Avon Army of Women initiative to advance breast cancer prevention research, and the program receives the "Best Health Charity" award from PETA.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Egypt and India.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence launches in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the UK.

2009

Avon moves its annual celebration of International Women's Day to Washington, DC and launches the Global Forum for Women and Justice to advance solutions to help end violence against women.

Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School launches with a $1.5 million grant from the Avon Foundation for Women.

Avon and the PGA Tour Wives Association in the U.S. partner to create the Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence fundraising event.

The Avon Foundation is retitled the "Avon Foundation for Women" to better reflect its mission to improve the lives of women.

Avon launches Hello Green Tomorrow internally, an education and engagement program for Associates worldwide to drive green processes and behavior throughout the business.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence launches in Croatia, Finland, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Guatemala, Latvia, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela

2010

Avon launches Hello Green Tomorrow externally, a fundraising and mobilization campaign in more than 50 countries to empower a global women’s environmental movement to help end deforestation, kicked off with an initial donation from Avon of $1 million to The Nature Conservancy to help restore the Atlantic Rainforest.

The Avon Foundation for Women, Vital Voices, and the U.S. State Department collaborate to create The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, launched in Washington, D.C.

The Avon Foundation held the Breast Cancer Forum in February.

The annual Avon Foundation Awards Gala is hosted by Reese Witherspoon, with a special musical performance by Melissa Etheridge and presenters including Patrick and Jillian Dempsey and Christy Turlington Burns. $2.2 million is raised.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launches in Saudi Arabia.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence launches in Bulgaria and Russia.