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Avon Products Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
April 2021

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

Avon Products Foundation
One Avon Place
Suffern, NY 10901

Other Names

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Avon Breast Cancer Promise
Avon Foundation
Avon Foundation Emergency Relief Fund
Avon Foundation for Women
Avon Foundation Yellow Ribbon Fund
Avon Heart of America Children's Charity
Help End Violence Against Women and Girls
Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

Stated Mission

To promote or aid charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on those activities that improve the lives of women and their families.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

*Why Not Ratable?

CharityWatch is currently unable to rate this organization. This does not imply a negative or positive evaluation. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Avon Products Foundation
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Avon Products Foundation
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Unable to Provide Salaries

See Analysts' Notes for explanation.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch analyzed the audited financial statements of Avon Products Foundation for the fiscal year-ended 12/31/2019. We are unable to provide a rating for the Foundation at this time due to its small size and because it is funded almost exclusively by its related, for-profit company, Avon Products, Inc. According to the Foundation's 2019 audited financial statements, it received $250,000 in "Administrative Support" from related parties, and only $20,476 in "Contributions from others" that year. 

According to its website, "In 2017 Avon separated from the North American business, which is now a privately-held company (New Avon LLC) and therefore, the Avon Foundation is no longer funding partnerships/projects in the US, Puerto Rico or Canada." 

In 2015, Avon Products Foundation transferred its Breast Cancer Program to another public charity, New Venture Fund (NVF). NVF formed Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, LLC (ABCC) "to support breast cancer research education, outreach, awareness and access to care," according to the Foundation's 2017 audit. Also per the Foundation's 2017 audit: "In December 2017, ABCC discontinued its annual U.S. Avon 39 Walks and announced plans to wind-down its grant-making programs. As a result, the foundation will no longer be partnering with ABCC in 2018, however, the Foundation will continue its work to support breast cancer initiatives globally through partnerships with other organizations."

In Note 1 of its 2017 audit, Avon Foundation states:

"In 2017, the Foundation launched the Avon Breast Cancer Promise, its renewed commitment to the breast cancer cause in more than 50 markets worldwide. As part of this new promise, the Foundation, in partnership with Avon has set an annual goal to reach 50 million women to help them know the risks of breast cancer, know the signs of breast cancer, and know how to take action. The Foundation will work closely with its newly established advisory board of global experts to provide direction within the various markets in which the Foundation interacts. As a result of launching the new promise, the Foundation has ended its 'Avon Breast Cancer Crusade' branding going forward."

CharityWatch is unable to provide salary information for Avon Products Foundation (the Foundation).

According to the Foundation's audited Statement of Activities for the year ended December 31, 2019, the Foundation reports receiving "General Support - In-Kind" from related parties on which it placed a value of $320,367. According to the Foundation's audited Statement of Functional Expense for the year ended December 31, 2019, the $320,367 in "Total In-Kind Expenses" includes $318,122 in "Salaries and related personnel costs" and $2,245 in "Occupancy" expenses.

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