Sign up today and host a drive for Send One Suit – Week!

We are excited to announce the dates for Send One Suit – Week 2016!

During this week in April we ask members of our community to host a drive at their workplaces, places of worship or other organization. During April 17-22 drive hosts collect women’s suits and blouses, along with financial donations to benefit Dress for Success Indianapolis and the women we serve.

We make it easy and provide you all the materials you need to promote your drive and involve your people.

As an added bonus, each clothing and financial donor will receive a coupon for dry cleaning from our partners, Classic Cleaners!

Click here and sign up today!

AmeriCorps VISTA Needed!

Dress for Success Indianapolis is seeking a full-time VISTA Volunteer who will be responsible for developing and implementing a new program to increase employment retention of women largely employed in high turnover fields.  Building on already successful agency programming that promotes economic success for women, this VISTA Volunteer will experience first-hand the development and implementation of programs that make measurable impact on the women we serve. To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program and apply visit:
Apply by February 8, 2016 for consideration.



Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Gives Two-Year Grant

Dress for Success Indianapolis has received a two-year grant totaling $100,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Through the generous funding of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, we will expand our pre-employment training and also develop a new program designed to assist women with keeping employment through their first 90 days on the job. We are thrilled to also announce we will be adding an Americorps VISTA to develop, launch and execute the new program. Without the generous funding provided by the Nina Mason Charitable Trust, this new work would not be possible.

During her career, Nina Mason Pulliam shared her financial success and business leadership skills with many charities. She was particularly sensitive to human needs, animal welfare and environmental issues. “She had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like Dress for Success Indianapolis,” said Carol Schilling, Trustee chairman. “Through her Trust, we continue to build on her legacy which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy.”

The grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis represents one of 27 awarded to nonprofit organizations in Indiana by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during the second of two grant cycles this year. Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $252 million to nonprofit organizations in Indiana and Arizona. As of September 30, 2015, the Trust had assets of approximately $364 million.NMPCTLogoTaglineCOLOR

#GivingTuesday is #GivingShoesDay


Last year, Dress for Success Indianapolis received more than three times as many shoes compared to ANY Dress for Success affiliate. We also saved over $2,000 because we didn’t have to buy as many shoes this year. If we are again the top affiliate, we will receive a $500 ALDO gift certificate to buy even more shoes! Please take your donations to our office, or any Central Indiana Teachers Credit Union on December 1!

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Thank you for a great Send One Suit – Week!

A huge THANK YOU to the hundreds of men and women who made Send One Suit – Week 2015 such a great success! Together with Harrison College and Classic Cleaners, we were able to collect over 11,000 garments and over $7,200 in monetary donations! This one week will help provide over 1,250 women with the appropriate attire for their interviews and workplaces.
Premier Sponsored Drives:
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Citizens Energy Group
CORE Planning Strategies
Covance – Greenfield
Covance – Indianapolis
Harrison College
Morgan Stanley – Downtown
Morgan Stanley
OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc
Ready to Blush (Empowered by Blush)
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Standard Drives:
Being A Woman Inc
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Cohen & Malad
Dale Carnegie/Glad Tidings, LLC.
Delta Faucet Company
DF Insurance Agency, Inc
Duke Realty Corporation
Echo Engineering and Production Supplies, Inc.
Executive Women in HealthCare
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Geist Christian Church
Gregory & Appell
Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
Indiana Secretary of State’s Office
Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana-Indianapolis
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
JW Marriott Indianapolis
MBG Financial
Medtech College
netlogx LLC
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP
Regions Bank
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
Simon Property Group
Simply Yoga, LLC
Somerset CPAs
The National Bank of Indianapolis
Town of McCordsville
Wiley Publishing
Women Inspired Network (Anthem, Inc)
Zeller Realty Group

Special thanks to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck for providing lunch for the Super Sort volunteers and Two Men and A Truck for providing their services to transport items during Send One Suit – Week.

Interested in hosting a Send One Suit – Week drive in 2015? Email Brandy to get on our email list for updates!
Want to host an accessory or shoe drive to benefit Dress for Success Indianapolis? Click here for more information!
Remember, women’s suits and blouses can be donated all year long at any Classic Cleaners location! Click here to find your closest Classic Cleaners!

Spring is Time to Honor Your Success

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On every journey we take, we need a person who believes in us, who guides us, who shares in our struggles and rejoices in our victories.

Women served by Dress for Success Indianapolis find those champions, and become those champions for others, by working hard toward goals of success in their careers, and their lives.

Give a gift in honor or in memory of someone who was your champion, and pass on the possibility of success to other women in Indianapolis!

Giving in honor or memory of someone influential to your success makes a lovely statement. Give us your honoree’s mailing  address and we will gladly mail a letter notifying them of your generous donation. Donations made by May 4 guarantees letters mailed in time for Mother’s Day delivery. 

Points of Light Certifies Dress for Success Indianapolis as a Service Enterprise

Dress for Success Indianapolis is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise. A Service Enterprise fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of their organizations.

With this certification, Dress for Success Indianapolis becomes one of the first organizations in the United States to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, and are more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their work.

With support from United Way of Central Indiana, Dress for Success Indianapolis completed an extensive assessment, training/consulting, and certification process that led to this recognition. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, Dress for Success Indianapolis is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers in building our organizational capacity.

In 2014, Dress for Success Indianapolis relied on 9,076 volunteer hours given by over 300 volunteers. The value these volunteers give equates to $195,678. Volunteers are utilized throughout the organization. From board and committee leadership, to providing direct services to the women we serve, volunteers touch every aspect of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please click here. For further information regarding the Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit

Can you make more stories like this possible?

Click here to make your year-end gift today!  The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, will generously match donations from new donors as well as donors who give more than last year!

Sometimes, you need just a little bit of help to succeed. Your donations to Dress for Success Indianapolis help us empower women to restore their lives. Every day I meet women who are overcoming obstacles and moving ahead with courage, dignity and determination. When I think about a woman who has lived this journey and inspires me, I think of Allyson.
Allyson is a believer, she thinks that whatever you believe you can do, you will. When she was suddenly let go from a company she had been with for 10 years, Allyson’s first reaction was sadness, her second was that she needed a new job – now. Allyson applied for unemployment through WorkOne the night she lost her job, and she started attending employment workshops there the next morning.
She secured an interview and was getting ready for the second interview when her caseworker suggested an appointment with us. “I didn’t think I was needy enough, but I only had one nice pair of pants since I could wear jeans and T-shirts at my old job. I was scared at first about receiving free clothing, but once I met my personal shopper and saw the boutique, I was blown away. I couldn’t believe how great I looked and I knew then that I could just really concentrate on selling myself.” Allyson landed that job, and she’s still there today.
Although it sounds like Allyson had an easy transition, that is far from the truth. Replacing her previous salary proved to be impossible. Losing her job also meant she lost her apartment. Having to move to a cheaper area of the city, Allyson now lives in a neighborhood she thinks is unsafe. Her self-confidence really took a beating after losing such long-term employment.

Allyson came back to us to continue her personal and professional development and joined our Professional Women’s Group (PWG). Through PWG, Allyson is working on building her self-confidence and has surrounded herself with a network of positive women all working hard to change their lives. We were touched when she told us, “The members and staff are often a second family for some, and for many others, a very important first family.”

Allyson is now working hard to find a better paying position. Until she does, her pet and house-sitting business helps fill in the gaps in her budget. She’s also giving back by volunteering at Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Your gift to Dress for Success Indianapolis will allow us to continue providing critical programming that empowers women to succeed. I’ll leave you with Allyson’s words, “Dress for Success gives us the tools and resources to improve ourselves, which in turn improves our self-esteem. We can see that anything is possible if we just believe in ourselves.”


Barbara S. Ellsworth,
Executive Director

P.S. Your donation is a gift of hope. You’re giving Allyson and the 1,300+ women we will serve next year the chance to create a better future for themselves and their families. Thank you in advance for making more stories like this possible.

15 Days of Giving for our 15th Birthday!

At Dress for Success Indianapolis, we serve women who are working hard to change their lives. We rely on our community to provide resources that make our work possible. We thrive as an organization by making the most out of every dollar donated. We may be known for our suits, but we need much more than suits to ensure that our women thrive in work, and in life.

To celebrate our 15th year serving the Indianapolis community, we’ve come up with 15 different items that we desperately need, but don’t often get through donations. As you do your holiday giving this year, we’d love if you would consider donating any, or all, of the following items to Dress for Success Indianapolis. We’ll be collecting them at our office at 820 N. Meridian St. every day from 9am-5pm.

Thank you for your partnership and belief that every woman deserves the chance to succeed!

Dec. 2nd – Shoes
Dec. 3rd – Purses
Dec. 4th – Packaged Knee Highs
Dec. 5th – Gas Cards
Dec. 8th – Hem tape/Heel Grips

Dec. 9th – Mascara/Eyeliner
Dec. 10th – Grocery Cards
Dec. 11th – Flash Drives
Dec. 12th – Padfolios
Dec. 15th – Coats/Scarves/Gloves

Dec. 16th – Crew Socks
Dec. 17th – Body Splash
Dec. 18th – Bus Passes
Dec. 19th – Camis/Tank Tops
Dec. 22nd – 2015 Planners
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