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Dress For Success Worldwide

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews 1,341

Nonprofit Issues:

Job Training, Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance


32 East 31st Street 7th Floor New York NY 10016 USA


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.

Target demographics:

While the women who are referred to Dress for Success come from many different backgrounds, they all have at least two things in common: They are not currently economically self-sufficient and they are seeking to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. Over half of these women (57%) receive public assistance. The low-income, underserved, and under-represented women that we support encounter multiple barriers to employment. Some of these barriers include a lack access to technology and professional skills training, financial literacy, and a higher education. In addition to those barriers, many of the jobs available to these women are in low wage industries that offer no benefits and little or no chance for advancement. Dress for Success helps women to overcome these barriers by providing lifelong support that enables them to develop professionally and reach their full potential in all stages of life. Our clients range in age from 16 to over 75. Of the women who have been referred to Dress for Success, 43% of them do not have any post-secondary education and 53% have less than a high school or equivalent degree. Nearly 84% are single mothers raising, on average, two to three children under the age of 18. Additionally, many of our clients have older children still living at home and an increasing number have reported that they care for their parents or grandchildren as well. In addition to family concerns, the underserved women that Dress for Success assists most often come from equally neglected communities, in need of a well-trained and confident workforce.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Dress for Success serves more than 50,000 disadvantaged women around the world each year.

Geographic areas served:


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Rating: 5 stars  

Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization that promotes 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.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 140 cities in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency

We have programs that address and eliminate the frustrating obstacles that may arise during a search for employment. Women meet regularly to support and encourage each other through building confidence, networking and discussing workplace-related topics. These meetings help participants stay motivated and optimistic.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dress for Success is staffed with intelligent and informative volunteers and employees. They really care about your future as a successful individual on your way to self sufficiency. The guidance they provide helps numbers of women become more polished in their overall presentation on a regular basis. These women help others as part of their daily function main focus. As Alumni of their Professional Women's Group, a division of Dress for Success; I am now more educated, involved, much more professional as I present myself in the day to day operations of business successes.

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4 people found this review helpful

Dress For Success has helped many people in many ways i just love the services the have keep up the good work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results in the organization in my own way by working for them they let me come back and work when im not sick i just love the women that work there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change anything

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Thee empoyee's that work for the company they know how to help and offer information as needed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice they did some traning on were the company stands.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give to people that need close and food and a place to stay so people would not be on the street.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was they helped me gain work skills and knowlege on dealing with the public. They also helped me finish college i wwould not have finished college if it was not for them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...


One thing I'd also say is that...

I would go back anytime they need me to come back.

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