About Us


          Gift for Life was founded in 1992 by a small group of gift industry professionals responding to the tragic loss of friends and colleagues as a result of AIDS. Since then, Gift for Life has raised more than $5M for AIDS research and education, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. In 2008, Gift for Life selected DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., as its sole charity partner.


          Proceeds from Gift for Life fundraising go directly to DIFFA and donations are tax deductible. Gift for Life takes a three-pronged approach to raising funds:

          • Party for Life annual fundraiser, which features industry awards and silent auction.
          • Industry events?held in connection with trade shows across the U.S.
          • Cause Marketing, which allows manufacturers to become involved with product or line donations.
          Gift For Life is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who donate time, energy and resources to help unite the gift and home industries against AIDS. Photo: Gift for Life’s Board of Directors at the 2016 Party for Life.
          Proceeds from Gift for Life fundraising go directly to DIFFA and donations are tax deductible. In 2018, DIFFA National granted more than $285,000 to 26 organizations providing treatment, education, prevention and advocacy.

          Board of Directors

          (Vice Chair)

          Matt Katzenson

          (Chair)   Fine Lines Company


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          Ari Lowenstein

          Emergent Workshop

          Cathy Steel

          Steel Associates

          Cole Daugherty

          Dallas Market Center

          Doug Self


          Frank Joens

          L.A. Mart

          Jessica Barile


          Jill Sands

          The Trend Forecaster

          Julie McCallum

          Gift Shop magazine

          Kim Wahlberg

          Kimberly Wahlberg Company

          Kimberly Baker

          Webmaster, Great American Media Services

          Lenise Willis

          Gifts & Decorative Accessories

          Matt Katzenson

          Fine Lines

          Matt McCallum

          Great American Media Services

          Meg Estevez

          NY NOW

          Monica Loving


          Nancy Michael

          International Housewares Association

          Peter Schauben

          Appelman Schauben

          Russ Jones


          Teddy Pekalski


          Terence Morris

          International Market Center