Employment, Job Related

Dress for Success

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.dressforsuccess.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Suiting Program
  2. Career Center
  3. Going Places Network by Walmart
  4. Professional Women’s Group
  5. Financial Literacy
  6. Health and Wellness

service areas

International

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ruling year

1999

chief executive

Joi Gordon

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Keywords

dress for success, women, low-income, employment, fashion, job retention, welfare to work, career development, workforce development, social services, self sufficiency, economic independence, professional, successful, suit, mentoring, mentor, employment preparation, job preparation, unemployment

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EIN

13-4040377

Physical Address

32 East 31st Street 7th Floor

New York, NY 10016

Also Known As

Dress for Success Worldwide

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Suiting Program

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.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 2

Career Center

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.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 3

Going Places Network by Walmart

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.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 4

Professional Women’s Group

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.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 5

Financial Literacy

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.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 6

Health and Wellness

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.

Category

Employment, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

service areas

International

Self-reported by organization

Social Media

@https://www.facebook.com/DressForSuccess

@https://twitter.com/dressforsuccess

@http://www.youtube.com/user/DFSWW

@http://pinterest.com/dressforsuccess/

@http://instagram.com/dressforsuccess

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS WORLDWIDE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Dress for Success

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Joi Gordon

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Eileen Brumback

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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