Wrap up your holiday shopping by thinking outside the box: Please consider donating to a charity. If someone on your list loves architecture, interiors or design, here are some suggestions.
Whether you donate to charity, select a book (from Gift Guide Part 2) or pick out a DVD (from Gift Guide Part 1), we hope all your gifts are well received.
We wish you the happiest holidays!
What: Chic Charity… DIFFA
DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventative education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design.
Since being founded in 1984 DIFFA has granted funds to organizations which fight AIDS by providing preventive education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection; treatment and direct-care services for people living with HIV/AIDS; and public policy initiatives which add resources to private sector efforts.
To donate: www.diffa.org
Who: Women Making a Difference Right at Home… Traditional Home’s Classic American Women
This signature program celebrates the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing standout charitable women from across the country. Over the past eight years, Traditional Home has recognized a diverse range of extraordinary women who have made a difference in the lives of their communities. Honorees have raised funds for public schools, healthcare, literacy, domestic abuse prevention, cancer treatment and much more.
To view honorees and learn more about how to donate: www.traditionalhome.com
Where: From Main Street to Your Street… The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Historic preservation champions and protects places that tell the stories of our past. It enhances our sense of community and brings us closer together: saving the places where we take our children to school, buy our groceries, and stop for coffee – preserving the stories of ancient cultures found in landmarks and landscapes we visit – protecting the memories of people, places and events honored in our national monuments.
PLEASE NOTE: All donations made through December 31 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, to fund NTHP’s Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts. Your gift will help communities impacted by the storm rebuild historic treasures.
To donate: www.preservationnation.org
When: When you empower design you empower the future… ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation advances the interior design profession by drawing upon its resources to promote meaningful collaboration and research, award scholarships and fund projects that broaden the value of interior design.
To donate: www.asidfoundation.org
Why: Because there’s no place like home… The American Red Cross
The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need help. Your help is urgently needed to continue to support relief efforts. Financial donations make the greatest and most immediate impact, helping the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance.
To donate: www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy
All info and images courtesy affiliated charities.