DVF Gives: Who
Diane von Furstenberg’s commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship. Find out more below about the causes and organizations she actively supports.
Founded in 1962, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for profit trade organization which aims to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy.
In 2005, Diane received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on fashion, and one year later was elected the CFDA’s President. Over a decade in this significant role, she dedicated herself to fostering emerging talent and has grown the organization to over 500 members. In 2015, Diane was named Chairman of the council, a position she still holds today.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
There has never been a more important time to stand with refugees and the IRC is committed to helping people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future—always with a focus on breaking down barriers faced by women and girls.
As the child of two refugees, the IRC’s mission is very close to Diane’s heart.
Friends of the High Line
Friends of the High Line raises the funding to maintain and operate the High Line, a beloved public park built on a historic freight rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
With the DVF corporate headquarters in New York’s Meatpacking District, Diane has been a vocal member of the community since 1998 and was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic railway and to develop The High Line into what it is today.
To open in 2019, The Shed will be New York’s first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture. It will be located on Manhattan’s West Side, where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, and not far from the DVF corporate headquarters.
Diane sits on the board of The Shed and is proud to serve its mission to create a place where the world’s leading creative minds can make art that helps forge tomorrow’s world, and to make this art accessible to people from all walks of life.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a living memorial to the Holocaust. It aims not only to educate millions of citizens and leaders worldwide on how to confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity, but also to inspire action.
As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Diane is proud to support the museum in this crucial mission.
Vital Voices was founded in 1997 on the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities. Now armed with two decades of insights and best practices, Vital Voices is charting a new course for women’s leadership, empowering and connecting women all over the world.
Diane has proudly served on the board of Vital Voices since 2008 and, each year, two members of the Vital Voices network are honored at The DVF Awards.
The Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF)
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation was established in 1982 to raise money for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Diane joined its board in 2016, becoming the Statue of Liberty’s “Godmother.” She is leading the fundraising effort to raise $100 million for the Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, will build the new $70 million Statue of Liberty Museum and continue the beautification of Liberty Island.
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Opening in Los Angeles in 2019, The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. As a passionate believer in the power of storytelling, Diane is proud to serve on the board of a museum offering unparalleled access to the ever glamorous and inspiring world of movies and moviemaking. Designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano and situated on Miracle Mile, expect six floors of astonishing exhibitions, two state-of-the-art theaters, education spaces, gathering spaces, and much more.