Avon Foundation

Avon Foundation

In 2005 the Avon Foundation celebrated half a century committed to improving the lives of women.  From an initial scholarship of $400 in 1955, we have exceeded $450 million raised and awarded for breast cancer and women’s empowerment worldwide, and we continue to work towards our goal to be the largest foundation for women.  The Avon Foundation has developed a special connection with women and their communities.  We want to continue to make a genuine and lasting difference in the lives of women everywhere, with a special focus on the issues of breast cancer and domestic violence.  Our goals are high and our commitment is unwavering as we enter our second half century.

-Carol Kurzig, Executive Director

Avon Foundation: Our Mission is to Improve the Lives of Women, Globally. www.avoncompany.com/women/

The Avon Foundation was founded in 1955 with the mission to improve the lives of women and their families.  In this our 51st year, the mission continues with a focus on the issues of breast cancer and domestic violence. 

The Avon Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Our IRS tax-exempt number is 13-6128447.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade was first created in the UK in 1992 and launched in the U.S. in 1993. Avon proudly supports breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries.  As of 2005, more than $400 million has been raised and donated worldwide, with the majority of the fundraising driven by U.S. initiatives.  Funds are awarded for breast cancer scientific research, access to treatment, diagnosis and screening, support services, and education and awareness, all with a focus on the medically underserved.  Beneficiaries range from leading cancer centers to community-based non-profit breast health programs.

  • Click here for summary of 2005 Avon Walk results and funding grants announced at each Closing Ceremony
  • Click here for Avon Foundation financial reports, including the complete list of all Avon Foundation grants awarded in 2004
  • Click here for printable copies of Avon Foundation Newsletter
  • Click here for your free Breast Health Resource Guide / Pulse Aqui Para Su Guia Para la Salud del Seno

Learn how Avon Walk participants have helped people affected by breast cancer.

Early detection can help save your life!

Be sure you and your loved ones follow the recommended guidelines from the American Cancer Society for early detection of breast cancer. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family consult your doctor on the need to begin these steps at an earlier age.

  • Mammogram: At age 40 begin getting annual mammograms (a specialized x-ray of the breast) by a licensed technologist.
  • Clinical Breast Exam (CBE): Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional at least every 3 years and women 40 and older should have an exam every year.
  • Breast Self Exam (BSE): Starting at age 20, women should discuss Breast Self Exam with their doctors. If you choose to do BSE, perform it at the same time each month, avoiding the days immediately before, during, or after your  period, and have your BSE technique reviewed during your clinical exam by a health professional.

Important Facts About Breast Cancer in the US from the American Cancer Society

  • 211,240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005
  • 40,410 women and 460 men will die of breast cancer in 2005
  • Every 3 minutes, there is a new diagnosis of invasive breast cancer
  • Every 14 minutes, a life is lost to breast cancer
  • A woman has a 1 in 7 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Only 5-10% of breast cancers are genetic; everyone is at risk
  • 77% of breast cancer diagnoses are for women over age 50
  • Most breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous)