Carol Kurzig joined the Avon Foundation for Women in January 2004, and currently serves as its President. The Avon Foundation was created in 1955 to “improve the lives of women” and is now the leading corporate-affiliated philanthropy for women. Through 2008, Avon global philanthropy has raised and awarded more than $660 million, primarily for the causes of breast cancer, domestic violence and emergency and disaster relief, all focused on women and their families. In 2008, the Avon Foundation for Women had revenues of more than $82 million.
Carol is responsible for the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategic mission, its fund-raising and grant-making programs. These include the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which is focused on accelerating research and ensuring access to care; women’s empowerment programs, with emphasis on domestic violence through the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program; and special grant programs in response to national and international emergencies. She is also responsible for extensive fund raising programs such as the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series and special events to raise awareness and funds for domestic violence programs. During her tenure, Avon philanthropy has continued to expand worldwide, and Avon now supports breast cancer and domestic violence programs in more than 50 countries.
Prior to joining Avon, Carol served as President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City Chapter for 20 years. Under her leadership, numerous fundraising events and programs, as well as model direct service programs, were created and implemented. Carol served as the Director of Public Services and Assistant to the President for eight years at The Foundation Center, a national center for information on foundations, nonprofits and grants. She worked in advertising and marketing at BBDO and Campbell-Ewald before moving to the nonprofit sector.
She was a Director and served as Board Chairman of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and currently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Board of Directors.