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Dress for Success Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/10/2013: Dress for Success

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: DRESS FOR SUCCESS WORLDWIDE

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AKA  Dress for Success Worldwide
New York, NY
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Dress for Success Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/10/2013: Dress for Success

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: DRESS FOR SUCCESS WORLDWIDE

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Also Known As: Dress for Success Worldwide
Physical Address: New York, NY 10016 
EIN: 13-4040377
Web URL: www.dressforsuccess.org 
NTEE Category: J Employment, Job Related
J99 Employment, Job Related N.E.C.
P Human Services
P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
Ruling Year: 1999 


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Mission Statement

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $15,888,071
Total Expenses $15,708,767

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

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Joi Gordon

Profile:

Joi Gordon joined Dress for Success as the executive director of the New York program in 1999 and in 2003 took over leadership of Dress for Success Worldwide. One of Joi's primary goals is to ensure that Dress for Success becomes recognized as an acknowledged leader in promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged women while expanding the organization's reach so that more and more women across the globe will have access to the resources and tools they need to succeed in the workplace. As CEO, Joi spearheaded a rebranding of Dress for Success, complete with a new mission statement, tagline and logo. Among her professional activities and relationships, Joi serves on the board of directors of Urban Brands and America's Charities. She also sits on the advisory councils of Office Depot, My Daughter's Keeper, and VOICE. In 2007 she was presented with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor and received the 2006 Visionary Award from Office Depot. The Harlem YMCA and Coalition of 100 Black Women in New York City have presented Joi with community service awards to acknowledge her contributions. Joi received her B.A. in radio/ television broadcasting from the University of Oklahoma and her juris doctorate from its College of Law.

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Why does this matter? Without clarity around their responsibilities and expectations, board members are not positioned to succeed. They may find themselves challenged to fulfill their governance responsibilities or frustrated by the expectations that the organization has set for them. BoardSource recommends that every new board member participate in a formal orientation process, and that all board members sign a pledge or agreement committing to their board service and to all of the responsibilities and expectations that come with service. Ideally, board members also should participate in a formal governance training program prior to serving on a board.

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Programs

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Employment, General/Other
Population Served:
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

Job-ready women come to Dress for Success by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations. Each client works one-on-one with a highly trained volunteer personal shopper who helps her select professional attire and also provides support and encouragement as she prepares for her upcoming interviews. Dress for Success provides each client with a career suit, cosmetics, footwear and accessories—and most importantly, positive reinforcement and a boost of confidence. After a client finds work, she can return to Dress for Success for a full week’s worth of professional attire. The clothing that Dress for Success provides to our clients symbolizes our faith in every woman's ability to succeed.

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Program: Career Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
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Population Served:
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

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Dress for Success Career Centers promote confidence and professionalism by pairing our clients with staff members who work one-on-one with them. Staff members help create superior résumés and cover letters, provide career counseling, conduct mock interviews, and facilitate access to our professional skills training course.

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Program: Going Places Network by Walmart (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
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Population Served:
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

The Going Places Network by Walmart offers a 12-week safety net of support to women who have participated in our Suiting Program but have not yet secured employment. Clients meet for two hours each week, attend a workshop series on relevant job search topics, network with fellow participants, and receive additional one-on-one job search support in the Career Center.

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Program: Professional Women’s Group (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
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Population Served:
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

From understanding corporate culture to managing personal finances, career novices are often left to navigate the unwritten rules of the workplace with little or no support. The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) bolsters the careers of successfully employed Dress for Success women by providing them with a network of support, practical information, and inspiration to remain employed so they can truly thrive.

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Program: Financial Literacy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
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Population Served:
Female Adults
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

Earning a living is only half of the journey to financial independence. Clients who have been active PWG members for at least one year are eligible to enroll in Dress for Success’ proprietary 15-week Financial Literacy Program. This program, designed with the unique needs of Dress for Success women in mind, ensures that each participant learns to make sound financial decisions, develops a plan for her future and is sufficiently empowered to reclaim her financial freedom.

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Program: Health and Wellness (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
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Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

Health and wellness plays a vital role in a woman’s journey towards success. An active lifestyle and wholesome eating habits promotes physical and mental wellness, cutting down the number of days an employee must be absent from work and dramatically increasing overall productivity and workplace contributions. The Health and Wellness program promotes positive lifestyle changes that help participants live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Dress for Success Worldwide is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women worldwide. Since our inception in 1997, our organization has transformed into a thriving international network with 130 affiliates located in 15 countries. We have provided professional apparel, career development services, and ongoing employment retention programming to more than 700,000 women worldwide.

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Evidence of Impact

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Their work is focused around women. By providing women support and training, Dress for Success empowers them to find meaningful employment, improve their relationships with their children, and think about educational opportunities. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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They have strong women leadership and great structure to operate effectively. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

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The way they market themselves could be better. They are a great organization and need even more exposure. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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