Since 1932, philanthropy and the spirit of giving has remained a core value at Harry Winston. Mr. Winston believed in leveraging the glamour of Hollywood and the allure of precious stones to reach a broader audience for charitable causes. We honor this legacy as we continue to build the global impact of the Harry Winston Brilliant Futures™ Charitable Program, in support of outstanding programs that are inspiring hope and changing people’s lives. Through our work with charities worldwide, it is our hope that all people will have the opportunity for a more brilliant and healthy future.
Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc.
Showing the same care and commitment to our communities, as we do to our clients, has been a hallmark of the House of Harry Winston since its foundation in 1932. A dedicated philanthropist, Mr. Winston cultivated a tradition of giving dedicated to inspiring hope and improving lives.
In 1949, Mr. Winston organized the “Court of Jewels,” a magnificent traveling collection of his most impressive and historic gems. At the heart of the exhibit was the rare 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, the world’s largest deep blue diamond. For five years, the “Court of Jewels” toured major cities across the U.S. to raise money for local charitable causes. In 1958, Mr. Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. as a gift to the world.
As stewards of our founder’s legacy, the company launched the Harry Winston Brilliant Futures™ Charitable Program in November 2010, which proudly supports leading organizations around the world whose mission is to enable healthy and brilliant futures for young people in need.
Within this program, the company is proud to support organizations that strive to give young people access to a quality education and the skills necessary to be successful in life and enable healthy futures.
amfAR, The Foundation For Aids Research
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Harry Winston has completed the second year of its three-year milestone partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. In what marks the single largest corporate partnership in amfAR’s history, Harry Winston is supporting amfAR’s efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
As a significant supporter of amfAR, Harry Winston has become the first company to serve as Presenting Sponsor for 27 of amfAR’s gala fundraising events taking place around the globe over three years. Harry Winston is also a lead supporter for amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020.
To date, Harry Winston’s partnership has helped amfAR to award 200 grants, including support for the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, which brings teams of scientists together to collaborate on the search for a cure.
The Harry Winston Hope Foundation supports the Harlem Academy, an independent school that drives opportunity for promising, low-income students who might otherwise be left behind. Harry Winston’s support of the middle school science program, challenges students with a rigorous curriculum and positions them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to excel in the sciences. An impressive 100% of Harlem Academy graduates go on to top secondary schools.
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in Los Angeles is one of the highest rated children’s hospitals. In 2014, Harry Winston announced a five year commitment to support three fellows annually focused on research to prevent, treat and cure disease in children. The 2015-2016 Harry Winston Fellows made impressive progress towards their research for treatments for pediatric heart disease and gastrointestinal illness.
International Youth Foundation
The Harry Winston Hope Foundation supports the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and its local partner, the China Youth Development Foundation, to adapt and implement the acclaimed IYF Passport to Success® curriculum for students in China. This program helps at-risk youth stay in school, improve their prospects for employment and bolster their hopes for the future. Passport to Success teaches vital skills including self confidence, team work, communication and preparation for job interviews. The program has shown a positive impact with participants successfully securing quality employment, and employers providing positive feedback on the student’s interview and job skills.
Chance for Children
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Harry Winston’s support of Chance for Children in Japan provides children in need with access to vital educational programs. Children have participated in after school programs and tutoring, with many learning English for the first time. Hosted by Harry Winston, the children have also had the opportunity to travel from the area devastated by the Northeastern earthquake to Tokyo for an enriching experience.
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
Orange County, CA
Harry Winston supports CHOC Children's Hospital in the transformation of caring for children in Southern California. Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, for more than 50 years CHOC Children’s has been committed to providing the highest quality medical care to children. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, their regional pediatric healthcare network includes a state-of-the-art 279-bed main hospital facility in the City of Orange, and a hospital-within-a-hospital in Mission Viejo. CHOC offers many primary and specialty care clinics, more than 100 additional programs and services, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence.
Voices For Children
Harry Winston supports Voices For Children, which works to ensure that every abused, abandoned and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem volunteer, as well as any education, health and social needs. Voices For Children was created in response to the urgent need for over 3,000 children in Miami-Dade who find themselves in the foster care system. Children supported by the organization and with a Guardian ad Litem volunteer are more likely to spend less time in foster care and to have positive outcomes in school.