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In 1989, Whitney formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, Inc. (WHFC). This non-profit organization assists a variety of children's issues, such as homeless children, children with cancer and AIDS and the self-empowerment of today's American youth.

The Foundation has also raised funds for children around the world. A portion of the proceeds from Houston's 1994 South African sold-out concert tour was donated to various children charities in that country. Following that tour, in 1995, VH-1 recognized Whitney and the WHFC for its charitable work. The WHFC has hosted numerous events including a 1997 HBO televised special originating from Constitution Hall in Washington DC which generated over $300,000 for the Children's Defense Fund. Every holidays season, the WHFC hosts a Christmas party for the homeless children of Newark, NJ.

Additionally, Houston supports many national benefit organizations and worthwhile causes including the United Negro College Fund, The Children's Diabetes Fund, St Jude's Children's Hospital and several noted AIDS-related organizations, many of which have recognized her efforts with awards. Among the humanitarian awards are The Fredrick D. Patterson Award from the United Negro College Fund, and both the Brass Ring Award and the High Hopes Award From The Children's Diabetes Foundation.

Text from the Arista website

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South Africa, 1994