DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
30th of June 2017

Blog Post: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force Providing Hundreds With Compassion and Care

When the AIDS outbreak in 1981 left hundreds of individuals in dire need of compassion and support, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) organized in 1984 to provide a solution by offering services and distributing information about the newly discovered virus. The group of volunteers offered a legal advocacy program to fight discrimination and implemented […]


7th of June 2017

Blog Post: Peter & Paul Community Services

In January of 1981, a homeless man was found frozen to death in the Soulard neighborhood in South St. Louis City. This was a catalyst that soon sparked a community-wide initiative to help homeless individuals in need and inspired community members to open a winter shelter in the St. Peter and Paul Church basement. A […]


9th of May 2017

ALFA : Advancing Life. Fighting AIDS

AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) started in Burke County, North Carolina, in 1987 as a grassroots effort to provide support services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Noticing that the number of HIV cases were rising with little to no coordinated effort to provide help to those in need, community members joined forces to create an AIDS […]


26th of April 2017

Blog Post: Acria Providing Critical Sex Health Education to Local Youth

LEAP for Girls Alumnae and facilitators Love Heals founder, the late Alison Gertz is a true example of taking control of one’s destiny and legacy despite negative circumstances. After being diagnosed with AIDS, Ali decided to become an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and education. She became an internationally recognized spokesperson, devoting her final years to […]


19th of April 2017

Jerusalem House: A safe haven for the needy

“I was diagnosed with HIV 26 years ago during the height of the epidemic. I was struggling with drug addiction and nearly died after abstaining from treatment. I became sober after several years and found a job, however low pay and rising rent nearly left me and my 13-year old son homeless. Determined to provide […]


9th of March 2017

Blog Post: 20 Ways DINING BY DESIGN Has Made A DIFFArence

Now one of the design industry’s largest and most anticipated fundraisers to fight against HIV/AIDS, DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN originated in Kansas City, MO in 1990. Originally conceived as a dinner and musical fundraising event, DINING BY DESIGN gained popularity and the focus gravitated toward uniquely designed tabletops. DIFFA chapters across the country began to […]


21st of December 2016

Blog Post: Bailey House Helping Thousands Find a Place to Call Home

Bailey House was formed in 1983 to create the nation’s first response to homeless individuals living with AIDS. Starting off with one residence in the Greenwich Village in New York City, the organization now serves more than 1,800 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses in neighborhoods throughout New York City. […]


15th of November 2016

DIFFA and CRI Join as Co-beneficiaries for Boston Home Decor Gala

DIFFA and CRI Join as Co-beneficiaries for Boston Home Decor Gala In 1984, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, a group of 12 designers and architects came together in New York City to respond to the growing crisis and its effect on the design community—thus launching what became DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. […]


9th of November 2016

A message from DIFFA Executive Director Johanna Osburn

A message from DIFFA Executive Director Johanna Osburn DIFFA’s role is as important as ever. Despite many advances in care, prevention and survival rates over the last three decades, HIV/AIDS remains an epidemic here in the United States. Since our founding 32 years ago, DIFFA continues our mission to help organizations serving those living with HIV/AIDS, […]


2nd of November 2016

Blog Post: WHCP- Saving Lives One Needle Exchange At a Time

WHCP- Saving Lives One Needle Exchange At a Time November 2, 2016– Clara Cardelle initially visited the drop-in center at the Washington Heights CORNER Project (WHCP) to take advantage of its variety of services including overdose prevention and free healthcare. The organization was founded in 2005 by a local activist to reduce the spread of […]