Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)
PO Box 10406
Kansas City MO 64171
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 75DIFFA
Mission Statement
DIFFA-KC supports the prevention of HIV and AIDS by funding education and awareness programs in Greater Kansas City.
CEO/Executive Director Board Chairman is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Alan Karlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alan Karlin Design
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement DIFFA-KC supports the prevention of HIV and AIDS by funding education and awareness programs in Greater Kansas City.
Background Statement

In 1984 in New York, professionals from the interior design industry joined forces to create a positive vehicle that would directly address the needs of HIV disease. Overwhelmed by the loss of friends and colleagues from AIDS and unwilling to turn their back on people in need, they formed DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. As the impact of AIDS increased and estimates of HIV infections grew, DIFFA expanded into other communities and drew on the resources of other design professionals and industries. DIFFA-KC was founded in 1988 to provide education and awareness programs in the greater Kansas City area. Today DIFFA’s broad base of support makes it the premier industry-based foundation that responds through the awarding of grants to the wide range of needs presented by HIV illness and AIDS.  Since 1984, DIFFA has granted more than $30 million nationwide to more than 500 providers of direct care, education and prevention programs, advocacy and public policy. Locally, the combined grantmaking program of DIFFA and HACAP has distributed more than $4.4 million in grants.   DIFFA is the largest local contributor to this grantmaking fund.

Impact Statement
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Each year DIFFA-KC holds fundraising events, donations, and a newly launched Insider Program. Revenues from these are distributed through a collaborative grant-making program with the Heart of America Community AIDS Partnership (HACAP). Grants are awarded to local nonprofit agencies for HIV prevention education and capacity-building programs. 
Needs Statement
  • SPONSORS - help to underwrite one of our annual fundraising events
  • VOLUNTEERS - event-related set-up, greeters, tear-down.
  • PRINTING SERVICES - general collateral and event-specific needs
  • CATERING - patron parties
Service Categories
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
KS - Lawrence

Each year DIFFA and HACAP conduct a collaborative grantmaking process to provide grants to nonprofit agencies to support HIV/AIDS prevention education and capacity building programs. Specific funding priorities are based on information gathered through an annual assessment of local and national statistics and trends.  Priorities are set to align DIFFA’s giving with current community needs and availability of other financial resources.  In addition to awarding grants for prevention programs for high-risk populations, DIFFA also supports programs to increase HIV testing, access to counseling and adherence to treatment. The grant review process includes consideration of a written program proposal, financial information and an agency site visit. Successful grantees must provide progress reports during the course of the grant. 

Category Health Care, General/Other Preventive Health
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success

All grantees must provide specific desired outcomes for their funded programs. Examples of short term success are:

  • Following a prevention/education program participants will be able to demonstrate an increased knowledge about HIV infection, transmission and treatment
  • Participants will successfully complete an HIV risk reduction program and be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge that will minimize their risk for infection
  • HIV+ patients will demonstrate greater treatment adherence - meet with peer counselors, attend education programs, take medications regularly and come to medical appointments
  • Grantee will meet its goal for number of clients tested for HIV – more people in high risk situations will know their HIV status
Long-Term Success

Examples of long-term success are:

  • Increased personal growth, knowledge and empowerment
  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS through increased awareness and use of risk reduction strategies
  • Improved health of HIV+ patients
Program Success Monitored By

Each grantee provides a description of anticipated program outcomes and methods for measuring the outcomes. Grantees are expected to use strategies that are considered “best practices” and are in accordance with nationally proven program models.  DIFFA monitors each grantee’s progress through six month and year-end reports. If the six-month report does not demonstrate sufficient progress toward the program goals, the grantee will be contacted for further information. Depending upon the circumstances, grants may be revised or discontinued if the grantee is unable to meet the original grant goals.  Examples of outcome measures are:

  • Grantee records indicate the number of HIV tests conducted
  • Pre and post-tests are administered to program participants to determine change in knowledge about HIV transmission and risks for infection
  • Participants demonstrate risk reduction behavior through role play
  • Grantee maintains records of HIV+ patients – matches with peer educators, increased treatment compliance, attendance at wellness and prevention groups
Examples of Program Success

The following are examples of program outcomes of recent grantees:

  • Following prevention/education programming, 99% of the participants reported increased HIV knowledge and 98% could correctly identify the fluids that transmit HIV
  • 74% of new admissions were tested (up from 38% last year)
  • 225 people were tested and providers discussed HIV screening and HIV education with all adult patients
  • 97% of the participants in the parent training program reported gaining skills to improve communication with their children about sex and HIV transmission
  • Following successful completion of the HIV Risk Reduction program, participants provided peer to peer outreach concerning HIV prevention and testing to the homeless living on the street
  • Following participation in the program, 85% of the clients reported treatment adherence – some participants still struggle to maintain adherence – common reasons sited include side effects and forgetting to take the medications

Grantees are also asked for anecdotal examples of success. One recent grantee wrote:

      One client came to the program after having tested positive for HIV. He was distressed and using drugs. He didn’t want anyone to know his status and seemed ashamed. After attending HIV counseling, substance abuse counseling and the Risk Reduction Group, he maintained abstinence, became more confident and started to share his status with his peers. He now volunteers time sharing his story with others in hopes they can learn from his experience.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chairman is Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No

DIFFA-KC partners annually with the Heart of America Community AIDS Partnership (HACAP) in a combined grantmaking program. HACAP is comprised of area foundations and other private funders that pool their financial resources and award grants to support HIV prevention education in the metropolitan area.   The intent of this joint venture is to distribute funds in an efficient and effective manner and to enhance the coordination and targeting of available resources.  Operational support for the grant distribution process is provided through funding from the United Way of Greater Kansas City.   Therefore, all of the funding contributed to the grant “pool” by DIFFA-KC goes directly into the local grant awards.

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Alan Karlin
Company Affiliation Alan Karlin Design
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Board Members
Ms. Jean Anderson
Mr. Stuart Brown Tudor Woodworks
Mr. Chans Dykes
Mr. Tony Hackney Sprint
Mr. Alan Karlin Alan Karlin Design
Ms. Celeste Lupercio The College Basketball Experience
Mr. Blaine Proctor SAVE Inc.
Mr. Randall Schneck The Garment District
Mr. Paul Weigel Helix
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 87%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Distributions / Grant Making
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $138,300
Projected Expenses $163,300
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2013:  Financial data reported using internal financial information for the local DIFFA chapter. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$75,000$71,000$51,352
Administration Expense$41,035$8,369$6,300
Fundraising Expense$53,702$0$13,287
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.820.860.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses44%89%71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue39%0%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$97,468$127,991$139,457
Current Assets$97,468$127,991$139,457
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$97,468$127,991$139,457
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Dining by Design, gross proceeds $101,690Dining by Design, gross proceeds $90,749
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Holidays by Design, gross proceeds $41,429Holidays by Design, gross proceeds $32,128
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual donor $2,400Investment income $4,652
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments DIFFA KC maintains financial record-keeping and bank accounts for our Chapter organization.  Annual 990 filings, annual financial audits, and other non-profit reporting is performed by the New York office of DIFFA.
Organization Name Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)
Address PO Box 10406
Kansas City, MO 64171
Primary Phone (816) 75DIFFA
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Board Chairman is Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Alan Karlin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alan Karlin Design
Year of Incorporation 1984