Diane von Furstenberg’s commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship. She serves on the board of Vital Voices, a non-governmental organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes.
With the DVF corporate headquarters in New York’s Meatpacking District, Diane has also been a vocal member of the community and was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway and to develop The High Line into what it is today.
Diane serves on the board of the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation and 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. She also serves on the board of The Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City.
The DVF Awards
The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming the lives of other women; women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire.
Each year, five honorees are celebrated at The DVF Awards Ceremony at the United Nations in New York City, as part of The Women in the World Conference.
The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation grants each honoree $50,000 for their non-profit organization in order to further their important work.
Two awards are given to women within Vital Voices’ Global Leadership Network who are advancing the social, economic, and political position of women in their countries. The People’s Voice Award is chosen by popular vote from a select number of nominees, while The Inspiration Award is given to a woman who has demonstrated extraordinary strength and courage in the face of adversity. The Lifetime Leadership Award is given to an individual who has dedicated her entire life and body of work to instilling in other women the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire.
Past honorees include Gloria Steinem, Veronika Scott, Ingrid Betancourt, Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, Oprah Winfrey, Layli Miller-Muro, and Hillary Clinton.
2017 DVF Awards: More information to be announced about 2017 in the coming months.