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.

Sponsor 6 – Citizen’s Energy Group

Fifth Third Bank is 2013 PWG Sponsor

We’re excited to welcome Fifth Third Bank as our Professional Women’s Group (PWG) sponsor for 2013. Since the program’s launch in 2006, over 200 women have participated in this unique program. Dress for Success Indianapolis is built on the premise of collaboration. By providing crucial services at the point where other programs end, we create a seamless spectrum of services for women striving for self-sufficiency. PWG is a unique program that provides transitional and post-employment assistance and leadership opportunities for the members. This collaboration illustrates Fifth Third Bank’s commitment to our women and our organization through opportunities for employees to volunteer, speak to our women, support financial literacy initiatives and also provide essential funds to help continue serving our mission. Thank you to Fifth Third Bank and your associates for working together with us to transform the lives of women in Indianapolis, their families and our community.


Stepping Out In Style 2013


On Friday, September 27, 2013, Dress for Success Indianapolis and PNC Bank presented the 11th annual Stepping Out In Style fundraising event in downtown Indianapolis at the J.W. Marriott!

It was a night of high fashion, great food, critical fundraising and loads of fun! The evening included a cocktail reception sponsored by Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., dinner, fashion show, and an after party sponsored by Citizen’s Energy Group.

The Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. cocktail reception began at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner, fashion show and the Citizen’s Energy Group after party. During the cocktail reception guests could purchase raffle tickets, bid on fabulous silent auction items, and try their hand at the Diamond Dig, sponsored by Aronstam Fine Jewelers! They then joined us at the after party to visit with friends and meet our models and sponsors for the evening.

Dress for Success Indianapolis will welcomed community leaders as models to the stage for a high-energy fashion show. They were wearing unique clothing from upscale local boutiques and walked the catwalk escorted by esteemed members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

This year, Julia Moffitt from WTHR – Channel 13 kept us entertained onstage as the evening’s emcee. Allison Melangton, served as the event’s Honorary Chairperson and joined Denny Sponsel, President of RJE Business Interiors, on stage as they helped us raise the money to make our work possible. The event netted over $200,000 for Dress for Success Indianapolis! THANK YOU!


Send One Suit – Week 2013

Dress for Success Indianapolis is calling on women in the community to pass on their success by donating gently-used suits. The organization is sending out an S.O.S. to central Indiana residents to donate suits and blouses and make a financial contribution during the annual Send One Suit – Week, April 15 to April 19, 2013. For the seventh time, Classic Cleaners is supporting Send One Suit – Week by providing coupons to those who donate during this campaign.

SOS Week logoEach year Dress for Success Indianapolis issues an S.O.S. to all Indianapolis residents: Donate one new or nearly new business suit and blouse and give a financial donation to help a local woman enter the workforce.

The public can help by either donating gently used women’s suits and blouses at any Classic Cleaners store throughout the week or by making a financial donation to support the non-profit’s operations. All donations support the Dress for Success affiliate in Indianapolis. Classic Cleaners has a special offer for anyone who gives a suit, blouse, or financial donation at a registered private drive during S.O.S – Week. Every S.O.S. – Week donor will receive a coupon for $10 off a dry cleaning order of $20 or more. Businesses interested in hosting a S.O.S. – Week private drive should go here to sign up to host a drive.

Donated suits and blouses will be sent to Dress for Success Indianapolis boutique to be stocked in the organization’s boutique. Then they will be given to disadvantaged women through the Suits for Success program to help transform the way they look and feel about their upcoming interview. Each woman is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of over 90 Dress for Success Indianapolis’s partner referral agencies when she is job-ready and has an interview scheduled. Once hired, she is invited back to the boutique to select an outfit appropriate for her new position. With your donations, you make it possible for more clients to say things like, “I felt like the suit I chose was once worn by a very successful woman who had just passed on a bit of her success to me.”

The journey towards self-sufficiency does not end after the clients have received work apparel. Dress for Success Indianapolis also invites its clients to join the Professional Women’s Group, which meets monthly to provide post-employment support to women on their journey to self-sufficiency. The organization also provides every client with individualized career support through its Career Development Center.


Sponsor 5 – mediumFUSION

Sponsor 4 – Aronstam

Sponsor 3 – Bedel

Sponsor 2 – pnc bank

Sponsor 1 – classic cleaners


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