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The Gifted Gown

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: The mission of The Gifted Gown is to nurture the social and emotional needs of the community through the gifting of formal wear.

Target demographics: Women and men of varying ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 227 people

Geographic areas served: Indianapolis, Indiana and beyond

Programs: Gifting new and like-new formal attire (gowns & tuxedos/suits), shoes and accessories.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kit M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an organizer for a local Transgender Pride event, I was elated to find The Gifted Gown. We were so concerned with making sure that our formal dance (#TransGlam) was accessible to trans people of all income levels. The Gifted Gown opened their arms to us, they provided us with fittings for people who couldn't afford prom dresses and tuxes of their own. They were incredibly sensitive to the needs of our group and were active participants in our event. We know we'll work with them again, and I just love them to death and can't say enough good things about all the work they do!

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thegiftedgown Literally crying now and it's because this makes us so incredibly happy - happy to be able to be here and be a resource where people can come and feel beautiful/handsome and feel good about themselves! And to have them be able to be themselves is the best gift we could ever be a part of! So grateful that you found us and here's to many more years of partnership and, more importantly, friendship!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retired board member of The Gifted Gown, I was able to see the genuine compassion and energy the staff, board and volunteers have for giving opportunity to the young women and men in our community. Feedback from recipients is always positive and there is an appreciation for the manner in which the recipients were treated by everyone in the organization.
Most definitely worth supporting!

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2019

Thank you for taking the time to write this! Your support and continued support mean so much to us - thanks so much!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been involved in every phase of The Gifted Gown, I've witnessed the impact this organization has had for deserving people of our community. Picking up gowns from generous donors to watching young people's smiles and pride as they wear those gowns allowing them participation in their special event, shows The Gifted Gown IS the "liaison of giving back."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Julia from the gifted gown has provided me with the lost gorgeous prom dress ever she also has awesome volunteers and I just want to say thank you Julia for all you have done for all of us

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thegiftedgown 03/14/2019

Oh this makes us so happy! You are so so welcome and I'm so happy you found something you love because you deserve it so much!!! Have a wonderful prom and send pics when you can :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Julia went out of her way to help us find the perfect dress for our daughter’s pageant!
I’ve also sent my students to The Gifted Gown for prom season. They’ve all been able to find “the” dress for a perfectly magical night.

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thegiftedgown 08/31/2018

It was such a pleasure to work with you and your daughter!!!! We look forward to having you again and we LOVE working with your students - they're amazing!!!

1 Erin R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with the gifted gown on multiple occasions as a volunteer and intern! Julia and her staff are so welcoming and kind hearted. They are all so passionate about this organization. Julia will go to any lengths to pick up formal wear from anyone who wants to donate and makes every effort to make sure everyone who needs formal wear receives it. I am so honored to have worked with this organization!

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2018

You're amazing and we miss you!!!! Thank you for your sweet words and thank you for your support all the time!!!

1 Corey C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love everything about Gifted Gown. I love getting involved and giving back to our community. I was blessed to be able to serve last year at their big open house and was able to help a few young men find the right tux for their proms. We even took a few of them to a local barbershop to get their hair cut to look nice and fresh.

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2018

We couldn't have done that year without you, truly!!! Thank you for your continued support we are forever grateful. You have contributed so much to who we are and we appreciate you so much!!!

1 Jayme M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I wish every town was blessed to have the Gifted Gown. What an amazing organization and wonderful people who run it!!

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2018

What a beautiful thing so say - oh my goodness THANK YOU so much!!! This means the world to us :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was serving as the Adviser for a student club in Lawrence Township we were looking to collect more dresses for our township's Prom Boutique where students could rent a dress for free right from their school. I was reached out to by The Gifted Gown after seeing our story on the news and they told us they had 200 DRESSES to donate to us that they did not have space for and wanted to put to good use. The dresses were BEAUTIFUL and so many new with tags that some extremely happy young ladies got to rock at Prom. I could never say enough amazing things about The Gifted Gown and the work and networking they do to help those in Indianapolis. My dearest appreciation always.

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2018

Thank you so much!!! We are so glad to have been able to help and to have more people get to create special memories with those gowns! It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and thank you so so much for your kind words!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve supported The Gifted Gown from the beginning and have watched them grow so much from where it started. I’m now a Board Member and am honored to be able to help them drive their mission forward to help more people in our community.

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2018

Thank you so much!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is such an amazing cause, full for wonder volunteers and employees. The Gifted Gown has created an environment that will make you feel amazing for your special occasion, no matter who you are! It's a truly fantastic organization!

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thegiftedgown 08/30/2018

Thank you so much for this!!! You have always been there for us and we appreciate all you do and have done! We're so blessed to have you - thank you :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the Gifted Gown and all they have to offer to the community! Great people working for a great cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a great organization that allows girls to get free dresses for all occasions!

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thegiftedgown 08/16/2018

Thank you so so much!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with passionate volunteers making a difference!

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thegiftedgown 08/16/2018

Wow! Thank you - that means so much!!

3 Heather K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization embodies true beauty-that which is found both inside and out. It always brings me great joy to make someone else look and feel beautiful, so I am thankful to the Gifted Gown for making countless women feel confident and special.

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thegiftedgown 08/16/2018

Cannot thank you enough for these kind words - very very sweet and thank you for taking the time to write this!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering is my way of giving since "giving is always in style". Pride week is the first week of June, and #TransGlam is one of the days to celebrate. A few women visited the shop to find formal wear. For some, this was their first experience. It was a joy to see their faces light up when they found the dress. There were a few "Clueless" moments, phone pictures photo ops, since mirrors can't be trusted. The gals were able to see a side by side comparison of the dresses they liked to find the right one.
Gifted Gown also served men, helping a couple of guys find their formal wear for the event. Both left happy with their discoveries at GG.

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thegiftedgown 05/21/2018

Thank you for taking the time to share these experiences with us. You were truly a joy to have and such an enormous blessing to so many - THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We came in on 3/31/2018. What a wonderful group of people helping out. My god daughter goes to Arsenal Tech. She was really worried about finding a gown. And left almost in tears to find a stunning prom dress.

Thank you very much for the service you offer.

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thegiftedgown 04/03/2018

You have made our day - thank you for taking the time to share this with us!! It is our honor to help and we are so excited she was able to find something she loves. Again, thank you so much!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. It is amazing to see the all of the smiles on everyones faces when they find the perfect dress, shoes, and accessories. The environment is very welcoming and no one judges anyone. It was a great experience.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Thank you for this! It means the world to us that we are able to do this and help people everyday :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past two years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as a volunteer for the Gifted Gown.

This organization has allowed students of all walks of life to receive an amazing gift and opportunity to shine.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this empowering event.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

We are so honored to have you and YOU make us better!! Thank you so much for all you do and for all of your support :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a wonderful organization that is helping girls and guys all over Indianapolis and the surrounding area find formal wear for important events. It’s an amazing sight to see these young people walk away with just the perfect outfit!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Wow thank you so much! We live to do this so your words mean so much to us. Thank you!!!!

2 Patty H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of this since the start. I have seen so many smiles and so many tears of joy over the years. I love how genuinely moved the attendees and volunteers all are during the events. Such a great cause and I’m honored to be involved!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

From day 1 YES! None of what we are building could be done without you and we are so lucky to have you - thank you for years of love and support :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a wonderful experience that I have been fortunate to witness for myself. To see the smiles on the girls faces is a memory that never leaves your mind. Everyone is treated equally and there is never any judgment, just smiles and laughter. This event is one that everyone in the community should be proud of and everyone should take the opportunity to check this out.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Thank you for taking the time to say these sweet things and thank you for your continued support of all we do - cannot do this without you!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a wonderful asset to our Indianapolis community. The staff and volunteers not only help young people feel beautiful on the outside, but they are working hard to create a culture of inclusion and support. Our community is lucky to have the Gifted Gown!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

This truly touched us because it is our hope that everyone feels this and that is the whole goal! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know - it means a lot!!!

1 Shelby M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is such a great organization. They have helped so many girls in the Indianapolis area, and they are well known here in Indy. Such a great group of people running this!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words - it means so much to us to be able to help! Thank you!

2 Felicia K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with The Gifted Gown and also serve on the board. Seeing the faces of the young men and women receiving the gowns, suits, and accessories just proves how important this organization is and how impactful their mission is.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

The Gifted Gown is very lucky to have you! You are such an incredible partner and supporter of all we do - can't thank you enough!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In April, I volunteered for The Gifted Gown prom event, in which the organization outfitted more than 150 students from 30 different schools in six hours, treating each individual client with the personal attention and respect that every one of us deserves, regardless of socioeconomic status.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

We can't do any of this without you and we THANK YOU for all of your help and passion for helping our community!

1 bvaldettaro

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with The Gifted Gown was top notch. From meeting the staff and seeing the location on east 10th Street during a fundraiser, to viewing the inventory and then participating in the silent auction fundraiser. I went home knowing exactly what to pull from my closet that would help this organization with some of their special needs. Of course I was greatly impressed that Board Member, Jay Miller personally delivered my silent auction purchase, as well as pick up the 10 dresses that I donated. My experience was very positive and I look forward to working with Julia and her team again soon.


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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Oh my goodness thank you so so much!!! You've been such a blessing to us and we look forward to working with you again and again. Thank you for believing in us and what we are doing!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally did not go to prom my junior or senior year because I could not afford a suit. I cannot get that opportunity back. Julia Rutland and her group understand how important self-esteem is especially to a young adult. And, how important some events in a young life can be. The Gifted Gown creates not only a wonderful shopping experience for those less fortunate, but creates lasting memories. To see the faces of the kids at the annual community event for The Gifted Gown and their families sharing in the experience is something special! I'm proud to know the people of The Gifted Gown!! My kids and I look forward to working with them again and often!!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

And we welcome you anytime! Thank you so much for your kind words and for all you've done and continue to do for us!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I haven't had an opportunity to see The Gifted Gown interacting with their clients, I have had the opportunity to observe them behind the scenes on multiple occasions as they work with their Board, inhabit a new space, prepare for big events, and get to know their new neighborhood. I've been so impressed by the constant kindness, appreciation, and the true excitement and passion that is brought to every aspect of the work that they do. I'm so glad to be a partner to the Gifted Gown and am excited to see how they continue to grow and love their neighbors.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

THANK YOU so so much!!! We are in love with our new neighborhood and our new space! Truly so nice to hear and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be able to work all year long to help more people. Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts - we are very very grateful for you :)