We are proud that globally Avon philanthropy has donated more than $740 million to breast cancer research and access to care programs in the 20 years since Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade was launched. Avon awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support access to care and to fund research that advances the understanding of the causes of breast cancer and fosters new strategies designed to prevent breast cancer. In the United States, we have been able to link nearly 2.7 million women to mammograms and clinical breast exams. We have educated more than 11 million women and men through our extensive program of grants to underwrite community outreach and public education efforts aimed at raising awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
Q: Is the Avon Foundation for Women affiliated with Susan G. Komen for the Cure?
No, the Avon Foundation for Women is not affiliated in any way with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, nor does the Avon Foundation donate any funds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Avon Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event series is a project of the Avon Foundation and has no connection to any Susan G. Komen event.
Q: What types of breast cancer screening and care programs does the Avon Foundation for Women fund?
The Avon Foundation for Women works hard to ensure that everyone has access to the breast cancer screening and care they need to have the best chance of survival. Much of our funding supports programs dedicated to ensuring that underserved and uninsured populations secure access to screening, diagnostics and care. Through our Avon Safety Net Program we have awarded 345 grants totaling $120 million to a network of more than 100 hospitals across the country that help women and men who might fall through the cracks of the healthcare system gain access to quality breast cancer services. Through our Avon Breast Health Outreach Program we have awarded 1,430 grants to community-based organizations, covering every state in the United States, to help educate people about how they can get the breast cancer care they need and ensure their access to quality screening.
Q: What organizations can apply for Avon Foundation for Women funding of breast cancer screening and care?
The Avon Foundation for Women invites nonprofit organizations that focus on breast health and breast cancer screening and care to apply for funding from our Safety Net Program and our Breast Health Outreach Program. The Avon Foundation’s breast cancer funding guidelines can be found here.
The Avon Foundation has a formal application process through which submitted grant proposals are reviewed and evaluated by our Scientific Advisory Board or our Breast Health Outreach Program reviewers; the reviewers recommend the best of those applications for funding by the Foundation. These are highly competitive grant programs with unfortunately many more quality applicants than available funds can support. That is why we are committed to increasing the funds we raise so more outstanding screening, care and research programs can be funded each year.
Q: Does the Avon Foundation for Women support Planned Parenthood?
Our records indicate that in the last five years the Avon Foundation has received only one Planned Parenthood affiliate grant application from among more than an estimated 3,000 grant applications received during that time period, and it was not among our funded applicants. Our grant programs are highly competitive and unfortunately we receive many more quality applicants than available funds can support. Our Safety Net Program, Avon Breast Health Outreach Program and eight Avon Breast Health Centers of Excellence provide more than $15 million annually to address the needs for education, screening and treatment programs for underserved and uninsured women.
Q: What types of research does the Avon Foundation for Women fund?
The Avon Foundation for Women continues to seek new preventive strategies to address the growing number of breast cancer diagnoses around the globe. To develop new strategies to prevent breast cancer, we need to understand the causes of breast cancer in women, changes in breast cells that give rise to cancer, markers for disease, and how breast cancer progresses. The 2012 Avon Foundation Research Program prioritizes proposals in these areas to advance understanding of the causes of breast cancer and foster new strategies designed to prevent breast cancer. For information on how to apply for a 2012 research grant, please see our Breast Cancer Research Program Guidelines.