Review: The Avon Foundation

Cancer Websites — By on November 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

Since it was founded in 1955, the Avon Foundation has been committed to the mission to improve the lives of women and their families.

Now past the half century milestone, the Avon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that brings this mission to life through two key areas of focus: breast cancer and domestic violence. From the initial $400 scholarship in 1955, Avon philanthropy has expanded globally and through 2008 exceeded $660 million raised and awarded worldwide.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992 in the UK and now includes breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries focused on advancing access to care and finding a cure. While progress has been made, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, and in the US there is a new diagnosis every three minutes.

Numerous Avon Crusade programs raise funds and awareness for the cause, such as the US Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, the global Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer and the sale of Crusade pink ribbon products worldwide.

Through 2008 the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and awarded more than $585 million worldwide to make a significant and lasting difference in five critical areas: awareness and education; screening and diagnosis; access to treatment; support services; and scientific research, all with a focus on the medically underserved.
Beneficiaries range from leading cancer centers to community-based non-profit breast health programs, creating a powerful international network of research, medical, social service and community-based organizations focused on defeating breast cancer and ensuring access to care.

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