Avon Foundation and Institute for Medicine: Ending Violence @ Home
Avon Foundation for Women
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105-0196
Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
For more information about Ending Violence @ Home, contact Rachel Taylor via phone (202-334-3139) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Type of foundation: The Avon Foundation is a corporate foundation.
Types of grants: Award program
Description: The Avon Foundation was founded in 1955 with the goal of improving women’s lives and has grown into the largest corporate philanthropy dedicated to women's causes globally. The Foundation supports:
- Breast cancer research and access to care (including educational outreach around breast health and cancer prevention, especially targeting underserved women).
- Prevention of domestic and gender violence.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.
The Avon Foundation for Women and the Institute of Medicine have announced a new app challenge called Ending Violence @ Home. This global competition invites teams of individuals from the fields of domestic violence prevention and communications technologies to come together to raise awareness about and to help prevent domestic violence against women and children. Teams from both the United States and abroad are encouraged to register.
Mobile- and web-based apps built on platforms open to the general public are eligible and will be judged based on the integration of evidence-based information, design and usability, creativity and innovation, potential for impact, and transferability to low- and middle-income countries. Apps can focus on primary, secondary or tertiary prevention. Submissions must be accompanied by a proof of concept statement.
For the purposes of the challenge, the term domestic violence includes all forms of intimate partner violence, dating violence, child abuse and other forms of violence that occur in the home.
The technology product submitted will consist of either a website app or a mobile app. Mobile apps include smartphone technology as well as text-based platforms. The submission can be either a fully developed app or a demonstration of a fully developed concept that can be developed. However, fully developed apps will receive additional judging points.
Fit for public broadcasting: This challenge may be a fit for public media organizations involved in web or mobile app development. It may be a particularly good fit for media organizations that create content and/or have partnerships focusing on health, violence prevention, youth media or women/girls.
Eligibility: Teams from any country may compete in the challenge. Team members may be from more than one country. At least one team member must work in domestic violence prevention, for example as a researcher, student or staff member of an advocacy organization.
The challenge is open only to teams comprised of individuals 18 years of age or older. Individual team members can be affiliated with an organization or company, but they must register for the challenge as an individual. A team must include a member who is engaged in domestic violence prevention.
Deadline: Teams interested in taking the challenge must register by May 31, 2012 to have their eligibility confirmed and to receive the submission link. All challenge submissions must be received by July 31, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. noon (EDT).
Giving range: Ending Violence @ Home will award a total of four prizes: $10,000 for first place, $7,500 for second, $5,000 for third, and $2,500 for fourth.
Total giving: The Avon Foundation gave a total of $37,795,790 in grants in 2011.