Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide to service providers offering direct care, education, prevention programs, advocacy and public policy.

Starting with volunteers from fashion, interior design, furnishings. contractors and architecture, supporters of DIFFA now come from every field assoicated with fine design. With 15 chapters nationwide, DIFFA has also been an innovative agent in drawing local and national corporations into the fight against the epidemic, and enjoys tremendous support from the design community.

DIFFA/Chicago, an Illinois 501(c)3 was formed by members across all areas of the design disciplines and associated design industries. As the need for funding continues to grow, the membership of DIFFA/Chicago expands to include more areas of the community both design and non-design related. Through broadening the pool of membership, we have been able to secure greater amounts of corporate sponsorship, as well as providing an opportunity for individual donors to contribute their time, creativity, and energy.

Since 1987, DIFFA/Chicago has awarded grants in excess of $2.5 million. Established in 1990, the DIFFA/Chicago fellowship is funded specifically for HIV/AIDS research within Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


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