Avon Foundation Partners with The Hotline to Grant $500,000 to 25 Local Domestic Violence Programs

The Avon Foundation for Women, the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy that focuses on issues that matter most to women, has partnered with The Hotline to grant $500,000 to 25 local domestic violence advocacy programs in cities across the U.S. The grant is part of a larger effort by the two organizations that started with #GivingTuesday to raise funds and awareness for local and national domestic violence hotlines. Each of the grantees will receive $20,000 to continue operating hotlines that support domestic abuse victims and provide direct services for survivors in their communities.

“Across the country, domestic violence programs and shelters are operating with fewer resources and staff. When victims take the difficult step to reach out for help, many are in life-threatening situations,” says Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. “The generous dollars received from our partners at the Avon Foundation for Women will enable more victims to get the help they need whether it is for counseling, shelter, legal services or compassionate support as they try to live a life free from violence.”

Congratulations to the 25 local organizations receiving a $20,000 grant:

A SafePlace (Oakland, CA)
Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Casa de Paz (Riverside, CA)
Center for Community Solutions (San Diego, CA)
Connections for Abused Women and their Children (Chicago, IL)
Chrysalis (Phoenix, AZ)
Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (San Antonio, TX)
Genesis Women’s Shelter (Dallas, TX)
Houston Area Women’s Center (Houston, TX)
Interval House (Anaheim, CA)
1736 Family Crisis Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Need-A-Break Inc. (Dallas, CA)
Miami Dade Community Action and Human Services Dept. (Safespace) (Miami, FL)
My Sister’s Place (Washington, D.C.)
Option House, Inc. (San Bernardino, CA)
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Atlanta, GA)
Peace Over Violence (Los Angeles, CA)
SafePlace (Austin, TX)
Safe Horizon (New York, NY
SafeHouse (Denver, CO)
Shelter for Battered Women (Safe Alliance) (Charlotte, NC)
The Family Place (Dallas, TX)
Women Against Abuse, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)
WEAVE Inc. (Sacramento, CA)
YWCA Interim House (Detroit, MI)
YWCA of San Diego – Becky’s House (San Diego, CA)

Want to show your support for families affected by domestic violence? Please consider making a gift to your local program, one of the organizations listed above and/or the National Domestic Violence Hotline.


Thank You for Making #GivingTuesday a Success

It’s hard to believe just over a week has passed since #GivingTuesday! Our staff had such a great time building and decorating this year’s Gingerbread Hotline. For each donation we received on #GivingTuesday, we added a handmade “gingerbread” person to our winter wonderland. It was so exciting to watch our gingerbread community to end domestic violence grow throughout the day!

Gingerbread Community

Click the image to watch the community grow

We are extremely thankful to everyone who has donated to The Hotline during our #GingerbreadForGood campaign. Your support helps ensure that someone is here to answer the most important call of a domestic violence victim’s life. We also appreciate the kind words of encouragement from our donors:

“This is the easiest gift to make this holiday season, and I am grateful for all of the work by the tireless advocates at the Hotline.” – Cailin Crockett

“Wonderful work you’re doing.” – Robert Zorn

“To ALL the awesome representatives taking the calls and opening your heart, YOU ARE AWESOME!” – Gabriel & Maria V.

Don’t forget, our #GingerbreadForGood campaign runs through the end of December, and the Avon Foundation for Women is continuing to match every donation we receive. The matching funds will be distributed to a group of local and state hotline nationwide, so your gift does twice the good this holiday season. Please support The Hotline today!

Below are a few more pictures from #GivingTuesday:



Adding sweet touches to the Gingerbread Hotline


We had plenty of holiday treats on hand to stay energized throughout the day

Gingerbread People

All of the gingerbread people were handmade by Hotline and loveisrespect staff members

Gingerbread Hotline

For each donation made on #GivingTuesday, we added a gingerbread person to our winter wonderland



Take Part in #GingerbreadForGood This Holiday Season

At the National Domestic Violence Hotline, $20 goes a long way. And, now it will go even further thanks to the generosity of the Avon Foundation for Women. As part of our #GivingTuesday efforts, The Hotline has teamed with the Avon Foundation to raise $1 million this holiday season. Learn how in the Q&A below:

What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global movement where people around the world donate money to their favorite during the holiday shopping season. This year, #GivingTuesday takes place on Dec. 2 and The Hotline is participating through its #GingerbreadForGood campaign.

How does #GingerbreadForGood work?
We are getting into the holiday spirit by building a (much smaller) replica of The Hotline out of gingerbread, of course! Our winter wonderland wouldn’t be complete without a community of “gingerbread” people to help end domestic violence. So, for each person who donates on #GivingTuesday, we’ll add a hand-decorated “gingerbread” person to our growing community of supporters.

How does my donation help?
Every gift to The Hotline helps increase our ability to serve domestic violence victims and survivors. A gift of $20 – or more – means one more call or chat answered and one step closer to safety for someone experiencing abuse.

How is the Avon Foundation helping?
The Avon Foundation will match every donation The Hotline receives on #GivingTuesday and as part of #GingerbreadForGood up to $500,000 – doubling each gift we receive! As a result of Avon’s gift, The Hotline will be able to support even more victims and survivors by providing additional funding to state and local hotlines across the country.

For more updates on #GivingTuesday and #GingerbreadForGood, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.


Give Back on #GivingTuesday

GT-blogOn Tuesday, Dec. 2, people all over the world will give back to their favorite charities and nonprofits in a global movement called #GivingTuesday. Taking place right after the consumer frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a celebration of generosity and of the important work that nonprofits do in communities everywhere.

For the second year, The Hotline will participate in #GivingTuesday to raise funds to help cover costs that keep our phones working and our chat and text lines running. We hope you will join us. Mark your calendar for Dec. 2, and stay tuned for updates about #GivingTuesday.

Our goal has always been to answer every call, chat, and text for help that we receive, but due to a lack of resources many go unanswered. Your support is still needed and ensures that when someone reaches out for help, they reach a real person every time.

Be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!


Happy New Year From The Hotline!

It’s been an amazing year of milestones for the hotline, and we couldn’t have done it without the kindness and generosity from all of you. We are so grateful to our supporters who helped us create healthier families and communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The hotline saw growth and change in 2013:

  • This summer we answered our 3 millionth call, a somber milestone that allowed us to reflect on the people we’ve been able to help and the work that still needs to be done.


  • In October we revamped our website… and launched online chat services! Victims, friends and family now have a new way to interact with an advocate and get help safely, quickly and anonymously from any device with internet access.

  • In October we asked, “How do you see DV?” and the responses were more than could’ve imagined. We featured blog posts by everyone from Denver Broncos’ Chris Harris, Jr., to Jasmine Villegas.

  • Our loveisrespect advocates have seen a record number of young people reaching out for help via text (“loveis” to 22522) and chat.

  • Vice President Joe Biden stopped by our Austin, TX headquarters during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Check out this great recap of his visit.

  • We launched the 24/7/365 Society. A pledge of $1,000 a year for three years secures a place as a founding member of the society, recognizing your constant support of victims of domestic violence.

  • We participated in Giving Tuesday for the first time ever. On December 3rd our advocates and staff joined together to build a Gingerbread Hotline. With each donation we added a fun item to the hotline, representing how each gift builds and strengthens our ability to help more survivors, families and friends.

  • In December, the Avon Foundation for Women offered to match any gifts we received, up to $200,000. This was a great opportunity, because each gift did twice the good.

It’s been a great year of change, and we’re looking forward to what the coming year will bring. From all of us here at the hotline, we’re so appreciative to have a strong community of supporters and friends working to build a world of healthier relationships. Thank you for helping us serve 24/7/365.

Remember that we’re always just a phone call or chat away. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy new year.



Avon Foundation For Women Pledges to Match December Donations to The National Domestic Violence Hotline For #GivingTuesday, Up to $200K

Austin, TX – November 26, 2013 — The advocates at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) are builders. They work with callers to build safer families and homes. They help survivors build back their self-esteem after it’s been worn down from years of verbal abuse. They help build safer futures free from violence. Now, thanks to a matching donation opportunity from the Avon Foundation for Women, these builders could get a few more helping hands. During the month of December, the Avon Foundation will match donations made to NDVH up to $200,000. To highlight this extraordinary donation opportunity, NDVH employees will build a Gingerbread Hotline on December 3rd, #GivingTuesday.

Katie Ray-Jones, NDVH president said, “As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of private donors and sponsors. Earlier this year, we answered the 3 millionth call to the hotline. Unfortunately, many calls go unanswered because of a lack of resources. With funds raised during this December drive, we will be able to answer more calls for help and continue our work of building better lives.”

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 1.25.23 PMThe matching gift from the Avon Foundation for Women will allow NDVH to create a pool of advocates who can be called upon to serve when they are needed most. Through this support, the organization will be able to staff more than 12,500 hours of advocate time for answering calls and online chats. This translates into an estimated 23,695 people served. The Avon Foundation for Women’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program has been a strong supporter of the hotline, giving more than $500,000 to the organization.

“The Avon Foundation’s #GivingTuesday donation aims to harness the power of our new social media campaign, #SeeTheSigns, to inspire women and men of all ages to raise awareness about a cause that is often hidden from the public eye,” said Avon Foundation for Women President Carol Kurzig. “One in every four women is a victim of domestic violence, and she may be your sister, daughter, friend or neighbor. The most meaningful gift we can give our loved ones, friends and neighbors this holiday season is a future free from violence. Every donation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline will help ensure that someone is available to answer the most important call of a victim’s life.”

When a visitor to makes a donation, he or she can select an embellishment of their choice and watch as it is attached to the Gingerbread Hotline. A pond filled with gummy fish? You’ve got it. A unicorn in the call center? Absolutely!  The NDVH conference room will be transformed into a winter wonderland where anyone can watch the building as it takes place via live video streaming. This Gingerbread Hotline build coincides with #GivingTuesday, the national campaign that harnesses the collective power of charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Avon Foundation for Women and Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

The Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, as well as direct services for victims and their families. Through 2013, the Avon Foundation for Women has donated nearly $38 million in the United States to support domestic violence programs, services and education. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and raising awareness through events and with educational information disseminated by more than 6 million global Avon Representatives. Visit for more information.