Dress for Success
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I contact my local Dress for Success?
How can I make a financial gift to Dress for Success?
How can I make a clothing donation?
Is there an organization like Dress for Success for men?
Is Dress for Success on Facebook or Twitter?
Are clothing and financial donations to Dress for Success tax deductible? How do I obtain a receipt?
How do I donate apparel if there is no affiliate near me?
What type of clothing and products does Dress for Success accept?
What type of clothing and product will Dress for Success not accept?
How can I become a volunteer? What volunteer opportunities are available in my community?
My company would like to donate new merchandise to Dress for Success. Whom do I contact?
Will my local affiliate pick up my donation?
I would like to start an affiliate in my community. How can I find more information?
There is no affiliate in my area--can I find out if one will be opening soon?
How can I organize a suit drive?
How can I find out about upcoming events in my community?
What is S.O.S. - Send One Suit - Weekend? How can I get involved?
What is Dress for Success Worldwide?
How do I contact Dress for Success Worldwide?
What are affiliates? How do they operate?
How can I find more information about the founder of Dress for Success, Nancy Lublin?



How can I contact my local Dress for Success?
Visit our Dress for Success affiliates page for a list of local affiliates. Each one has its own Web site, which can be accessed through this link. Or you can follow Worldwide on Facebook or Twitter.

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How can I make a financial gift to Dress for Success?
You can mail monetary contributions to Dress for Success Worldwide at 32 East 31st Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Please make all checks payable to Dress for Success Worldwide. Credit card donations can be made by visiting our Donate: Funding page or by sending an e-mail to donate@dressforsuccess.org.

If you would like to make a financial donation to a specific affiliate, please visit our Dress for Success affiliates page for more information and mailing addresses.

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How can I make a clothing donation?
Dress for Success relies on individual contributions of business attire and accessories to make our clients look and feel their best! Check out our list of affiliate locations to find the one closest to you. Each Dress for Success has its own hours of operation, specific drop-off days and times and policies regarding what items they can and cannot accept.

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Is there an organization like Dress for Success for men?
Career Gear provides career counseling, interview coaching, business clothing, and follow-up job support to men actively seeking employment. For more information, e-mail info@careergear.org.

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Is Dress for Success on Facebook or Twitter?
Yes! Friend us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Are clothing and financial donations to Dress for Success tax deductible? How do I obtain a receipt?

Dress for Success affiliates in the U.S. have obtained 501(c)(3) tax status from the IRS.  All donations are therefore tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Regulations about tax deductions vary from country to country.  For information about donations to one of our international locations, please contact that affiliate directly.  Click here to view the list of Dress for Success programs.

Tax receipts are issued by the affiliate that received the financial contribution or clothing.  If you need a receipt, please contact the Dress for Success you supported to request one. 

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How do I donate apparel if there is no affiliate near me?
Please check the Dress for Success affiliates page to see where we have Dress for Success locations. Contacting the affiliate first to ensure that they are currently accepting clothing is strongly recommended. If there is no location in your area e-mail donate@dressforsuccess.org and a Worldwide staff member will contact you about your donation.

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What type of clothing and products does Dress for Success accept?

A list of the items that we typically need appears below.  Each affiliate has its own specific needs so be sure to check the local site as well. To ensure that an article of clothing or suit is appropriate for our clients, ask yourself if you would feel comfortable wearing it on an interview.  If the answer is yes, then it is right for our clients.   

  • Interview-appropriate suits and related separates (the greatest need is for items size 14 and up)
  • Solid color blouses
  • Shoes that are suitable for the workplace. Our clients receive brown, black or navy shoes most frequently. Please no heels higher than 3 inches and no open-toed shoes.
  • Unopened hosiery
  • Unused undergarments (Note: Not all locations accept such items; please check with the affiliate closest to you before making this type of donation.)
  • Black tote bags, attaché bags or briefcases
  • Basic professional accessories (including jewelry, scarves, belts and handbags)
  • Unopened cosmetics
  • Coats and outerwear (Note: Not all locations accept such items; please check with the affiliate closest to you before making this type of donation.)
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What type of clothing and product will Dress for Success NOT accept?
  • Suits and dresses that are not interview-appropriate
  • Sportswear or casual clothes
  • Evening wear
  • Fur coats
  • Jewelry not appropriate for a professional environment
  • Used undergarments
  • Opened or used cosmetics
  • Opened or used pantyhose/hosiery
  • Men's clothing
  • Children's clothing
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How can I become a volunteer? What volunteer opportunities are available in my community?
Dress for Success is a volunteer-driven organization.  Simply put, the individuals who donate their time and talent to us make it possible for us to fulfill our mission. 

There are a number of ways that people can get involved with Dress for Success--from working one-on-one with our clients, to sorting clothing donations, serving as a mentor, helping with special events and much, much more.  Each affiliate has its own volunteer needs and opportunities--and is eager to engage people throughout the community!  Visit the Dress for Success affiliates page to find the program closest to you and then go to its Web site for information on current openings and whom to contact about volunteering.

Basic information about supporting Dress for Success as a volunteer can be found here.

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My company would like to donate new merchandise to Dress for Success. Whom do I contact?
Please contact our corporate contributions manager at product@dressforsuccess.org or visit our our Donate: Product page for more information.

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Will my local affiliate pick up my donation?
Dress for Success is a volunteer-run organization, and most locations simply do not have the necessary resources or staff to provide this service. Please contact your local affiliate for more information about its donation policies.  Dress for Success Worldwide recently launched a pick-up service in New York City, Suits to Go.  More information can be found here.  

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I would like to start an affiliate in my community. How can I find more information?
Please visit our How to start a Dress for Success page to learn more about the application process and the criteria for new locations. Once you have determined whether your community meets these guidelines, you can send an e-mail to startup@dressforsuccess.org to request an application packet.

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There is no affiliate in my area--can I find out if one will be opening soon?
Our Web site includes a list of cities that we have targeted for expansion--and where we have applications pending. Click here to learn if someone is in the process of starting a Dress for Success in your city or region. If an application is pending--and you would like to get involved--please send an e-mail to worldwide@dressforsuccess.org. We would be happy to put you in touch with the candidate from your area.

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How can I organize a suit drive?

Review our list of Dress for Success affiliates to find the one nearest to you. You can then contact that Dress for Success directly to find out about the organizations needs and to obtain a suit drive kit. Some affiliates hold other types of drives as well and collect pantyhose, accessories, shoes or funds to purchase items.

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How can I find out about upcoming events in my community?
Almost every month there is a special event taking place at a Dress for Success affiliate somewhere! Please visit our Events section for a schedule and additional information. You also can locate the affiliate nearest you and go the events section of its individual Web site.

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What is S.O.S. - Send One Suit - Weekend? How can I get involved?
Our annual call-to-action campaign S.O.S. - Send One Suit - Weekend generates in-kind donations, awareness and funds for all of our affiliates in the U.S. S.O.S. Weekend is an opportunity for everyone to participate in our clothing drives and special events in order to help at least one woman on the path to self-sufficiency. For more information, visit our S.O.S. Weekend page or contact your local affiliate to learn how you can get involved.

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What is Dress for Success Worldwide?
Located in New York City, Dress for Success Worldwide was established to oversee and provide support to our affiliates around the globe. The Worldwide office also focuses on strengthening and promoting the Dress for Success brand internationally and developing relationships with corporate, media and other sponsors. In addition to these responsibilities, we serve women at our locations in Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, offering our clients business-appropriate attire and employment retention services, such as the Professional Women's Group, Career Center and Women2Women mentoring.  We also operate a pick-up service, Suits to Go, within New York's five boroughs.  Click here for more information.

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How do I contact Dress for Success Worldwide?
We can be reached by e-mail at worldwide@dressforsuccess.org or phone at 212.532.1922.

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What are affiliates? How do they operate?
We use the term affiliates to refer to the locations where we offer services. Each Dress for Success affiliate is a member of Dress for Success Worldwide and is an independent non-profit organization with its own policies, staff and board of directors. The Worldwide office licenses the Dress for Success name to affiliates, all of whom fulfill the overall mission of helping women journey towards self-sufficiency. Not all Dress for Success programs are available in every location; affiliates provide services to their communities based on local needs, cultural traditions and resources.

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How can I find more information about the founder of Dress for Success, Nancy Lublin?
Nancy Lublin is currently CEO of Do Something, a non-profit that inspires, supports and celebrates young people striving to change the world. For more information about Nancy, please visit our Who We Are: Founder page.

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