DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
18th of January 2018

DIFFA’s Student Design Initiative: A Success Story

Garrett Carter, May Ghadanfar, Bonnie Hoeker and Kwanghae Lee Each year, DIFFA invites three of New York’s most prestigious schools to create design installations for DINING BY DESIGN New York. The Student Design Initiative is supported in part by the Angelo Donghia Foundation. Under the tutelage of cutting-edge industry mentors, these student teams were guided […]


9th of January 2018

Blog Post: God’s Love- Delivering Nutritious Meals to Those in Need

God’s Love- Delivering Nutritious Meals to Those in Need Thirty-two years ago, a hospice volunteer named Ganga Stone visited an AIDS patient, Richard Sayles. She found him too ill to cook for himself. Ganga’s compassion took hold, a meal was prepared and delivered, and Ganga realized that something as basic as delivering a meal could bring […]


29th of November 2017

Make the Pledge; End AIDS by 2020

DIFFA pledges continued support in reflection of World AIDS Day  December 1st marks the 29th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity to raise awareness, show support and remember those lost to AIDS. This global health day was declared at the height of the epidemic—a time when AIDS cases had increased by 56% worldwide and more […]


1st of November 2017

The Alpha Workshops: Changing Lives Through Art

The Alpha Workshops: Changing Lives Through Art While infection rates continued to rise a decade into the HIV/AIDS epidemic—the number of AIDS-related fatalities began to decrease due to improved medication. HIV positive individuals were beginning to live longer, healthier lives. Noticing the uptick in the number of individuals living with HIV, Kenneth Wampler and a […]


28th of August 2017

Blog Post: Top Ten Reasons to Picnic in a NYC Park Before Summer Ends:

Spend the last few weeks of summer enjoying the weather and the great outdoors by gathering friends and loved ones for a picnic! Not really a fan? Katherine DeMercurio shares 10 reasons why you should grab a blanket and some refreshments and host a picnic at your local park. 1. People Watching– If you live in […]


25th of August 2017

Summer Picnic Trends by Mitchel Hilll

  In the heat, efficiency is key – but you don’t need to sacrifice your style. Spice up your picnic game with a printed & colorful blanket, as well as a classic wicker basket to hold all your picnic essentials. Enjoy a glass of wine without the worry of it tipping over, and cut fresh […]


31st of July 2017

Five Years of Customized Creations for DIFFA’s Picnic by Design: Michele Alfano Design

  The following post is an excerpt from DIFFA Brand Ambassador and Picnic By Design participant, Michele Alfano’s blog:   Design, Food, and Charity is a great combination for a fall event. It will be my sixth year participating in DIFFA’s Picnic By Design! This event rocks …. amazing sponsors, designers, and creativity! Picnic By Design redefines the concept of […]


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 […]