Dress for Success Worldwide Partners With QVC

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Dress for Success Worldwide Chosen to Participate in QVC’s “Give Joy” Campaign 

Dress for Success Worldwide and QVC Turn #GivingTuesday into a Month-Long Celebration  Customers Donate Directly to One of Four Charities with QVC Matching the First $150,000 in Donations

New York, NY (December 3, 2013): Dress for Success Worldwide has joined QVC to extend #GivingTuesday beyond the one day of encouraged goodwill, offering supporters the opportunity to give back for an entire month, from December 3, 2013 through January 3, 2014. QVC will match customer donations to four select charities, up to $150,000 raised collectively. Dress for Success Worldwide will use “Give Joy” funds to continue providing professional attire, support, and career development tools to women to help them thrive in work and life.

As a part of this initiative, once Dress for Success Worldwide reaches their $300,000 fundraising goal, they will create a fund where 20% of the monies raised above and beyond $300,000 through the QVC Give Joy campaign will be allocated to U.S. affiliates. Dress for Success Indianapolis is an independent affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide and hopes to be one of the recipients.

In addition to Dress for Success Worldwide, “Give Joy” beneficiaries include the American Heart Association, Cancer and Careers, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Each organization will be given a dedicated item number and customers will have the ability to purchase a $10 donation to the charity of their choice, just as they would buy any other item via QVC.com and mobile platforms. The item number to donate to Dress for Success is S7125.

“The holidays can be exceptionally hard for women who have no steady income,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.  “Through this campaign, QVC is helping to raise funds and awareness for our mission at a time when it is needed most and is ultimately helping us get more women back to work.”

QVC is the global leader in video and e-Commerce and throughout the year participates in various initiatives to support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships. QVC’s “Give Joy” campaign supports this mission by making charitable giving easy and joyful for their customers this holiday season.

“At QVC, we believe that the holidays aren’t just about giving, but also about giving back. #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages giving during the holiday season and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Paul Capelli, VP, Corporate Communications and Community Affairs, QVC. “Through ‘Give Joy,’ we are not only matching funds for our featured charities, but also building awareness for the incredible work they’re doing and the resources and services that they can provide.”

“The generosity of partners locally, as well as nationally, allows Dress for Success Indianapolis to serve more women in our community and help them regain self-sufficiency. Through potential corporate donations such as these, we can help women right here in Indianapolis change their futures, the futures of their families and our community as a whole,” Said Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

More information on “Give Joy” and how to donate to Dress for Success Worldwide through the campaign can be found at QVC.com or by calling QVC at (800) 345-1515.

Make Giving Tuesday – Giving Shoesday for Dress for Success Indianapolis

#GIVINGSHOESDAY RETURNS TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS WITH NEW PARTNER FERGIE FOOTWEAR FOR #GIVINGTUESDAY

 Women across Indianapolis Are Encouraged to Donate Professional Shoes To Dress for Success Indianapolis on this National Day of Giving

 The Top 10 Shoe Donors throughout the Country Will Receive a Complimentary Pair of Limited Holiday Edition Palace Heels from Fergie Footwear. Locally, the top donor will receive a $100 gift certificate to Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa.

 Indianapolis, IN (December 3, 2013): Dress for Success is turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay once again on Tuesday, December 3, to honor this national day of giving.  For the second year in a row, #GivingShoesDay encourages women to donate their professional shoes to one of 50 Dress for Success affiliates across the United States—including Dress for Success Indianapolis.  But, supporters of Dress for Success won’t be the only ones giving on this distinguished day of charity—the top 10 shoe donors across the country will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday edition Palace heels from Fergie Footwear. Locally, the top shoe donor will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa, a year-round partner of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Joining the ranks of post-Thanksgiving campaigns such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingShoesDay proved to be a tremendous #GivingTuesday success for Dress for Success, with almost 450 pairs of shoes donated through the organization’s nationwide network of affiliates dedicated to helping women reenter and progress in the workforce.  Having a complete outfit that a woman feels confident in is the key to making a good first impression in an interview setting and, therefore acquiring a new career, making the need for shoes ever-important to this organization.

“My dream has been to design a one-of-kind limited edition shoe for the holidays, and this year we finally made it happen,” said Fergie. “Because this is such a special design, I thought it only appropriate to share them as a gift with inspiring women across the country. The retail proceeds from this limited edition shoe are benefitting one of my favorite charities, Dress for Success.”

Fergie Footwear, owned by Brown Shoe Company, is known for fashion-forward footwear that captures the essence of the eight-time Grammy award-winning artist and style icon, Fergie Duhamel, who is not only a force in the music industry, but also a respected entrepreneur and committed philanthropist. Her debut solo album,
“The Dutchess,” spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one.

The fire-engine red Palace heel is the latest in the Fergie Footwear line and this lively, limited-edition pump is perfect for the holiday party season.  In addition to awarding the top 10 #GivingShoesDay donors with a pair of Palace heels of their own, Fergie Footwear is also donating 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this shoe to Dress for Success Worldwide through the beginning of the New Year.

“Through her music, Fergie has always empowered women to be their strongest, most confident self and we love that she is continuing that same messaging through her footwear line, as well,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.  “Our partnership with Fergie Footwear provides an enticing incentive for women to give back on #GivingTuesday, but more importantly, it will also help Dress for Success get even more women back to work.”

“Interview-appropriate shoes and boots are always one of our biggest donation needs. We’re thrilled to participate in this national event and are continuously humbled by the generosity of our community,” said Barbara S. Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

To participate, women can simply bring their shoes to the boutique (820 N. Meridian Street) on Tuesday, December 3.

The Glick Fund Announces Grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis

Grants meant to transform self-sufficiency prospects for women in Central Indiana

The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has announced a $45,000 grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis.  In total, 49 local organizations were awarded grants from The Glick Fund totaling more than $4 million.

The Fund’s advisors are focusing their efforts on making immediate and long-term measurable impacts in four areas of community need: 1) the arts and creative expression; 2) education; 3) human needs and the alleviation of suffering; and 4) self-sufficiency and job skills.

As an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women, the funding provided by The Glick Fund will help Dress for Success Indianapolis empower over 1,500 next year.

“We provide our women with workplace attire, a network of support and resources to help them maintain employment, as well as the career development tools needed to get ahead. The women we serve are working hard to advance their lives and impacting themselves, their families and our community as a whole. We are truly grateful The Glick Fund for helping to make our work possible,” said Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director, Dress for Success Indianapolis.

“We hope our grants will help address the immediate needs of the community while also building the long-term capacity of the organizations delivering services,” said Marianne Glick, director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation and The Glick Fund.

The Glick Fund advisors also continue to focus on organizations, programs and opportunities that are supportive of CICF’s Community Leadership Initiatives: College Readiness and Success, Inspiring Places and Family Success.  “Our vision is to make central Indiana a ‘top 10’ community of choice by improving our educational attainment, increasing our self-sufficiency and ensuring everyone has access to art, beauty and nature everyday,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, CICF. “Because we share the same goals with The Glick Fund advisors, we are able to identify and match the Fund’s community impact goals with targeted organizational and programmatic funding. By working in this type of partnership, we’re able to expand both the Fund’s ability to transform the community as well as our own.”

The grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis reinforces The Fund’s abilities to create change in the area of self-sufficiency and job skills.