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Dress for Success Worldwide

Going Places. Going Strong.

aka Dress for Success   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.dressforsuccess.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1999

Chief Executive Officer

Michele Meyer-Shipp

Main address

1040 Avenue of the Americas 19th Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-4040377

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our purpose is to offer long-lasting economical solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

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.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

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.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total women served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of women served

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to create a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

We offer an array of services, including suiting and career development training, to equip women with the tools to secure jobs. We help women become financially independent and we support them along every career phase.

We are an ever-expanding network of affiliates who work together with referral agencies, volunteers and companies across the world to make a big impact in women’s lives. By supporting each other, we can reach a greater number of women and make our vision a reality.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 150 cities in 30 countries and has helped more than one million women work towards self-sufficiency.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dress for Success Worldwide

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elena Kiam

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.