The D.I.V.A., Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware, Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501c(3) charitable organization founded by actress and honored AIDS activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to HIV/AIDS as an original company member of Dreamgirls on Broadway. The foundation stems from Sheryl’s deep concern for the lack of attention given to AIDS in the early years and its potential to become a health risk not only for men but women and children.
The D.I.V.A. Foundation (Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware) uniquely uses the transformational power of the arts as a vehicle to raise funds, awareness, erase the stigma still connected to HIV/AIDS, mental wellness, and educate people about STDs including HIV, Hepatitis C, and other life threatening diseases. We simply dare to care.
• To advocate for artistic activism and innovative action, understanding that prevention is as important as a cure.
• To be a catalyst for change in regard to reversing the negative social perception of this disease. HIV/AIDS is not just a Gay disease, AIDS affects us all.
• To recognize that men, women, children, young, old, black, white, red, brown, and yellow people must work together in a healthy partnership to solve what has become a continuing global pandemic with devastating consequences to all human beings.
• To help others light the light of compassion as we continue to fight the good fight against HIV/AIDS.
• To support those who take responsibility for themselves and others by making educated, informed choices, and living a healthy lifestyle.
The D.I.V.A. Foundation is a positive force in the lives of those who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.