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Dress for Success Indianapolis receives grant in honor of Harriet M. Ivey


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A $25,000 grant to Dress for Success Indianapolis from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust honors the Trust’s founding president and CEO Harriet Ivey who retired in January.   The grant will establish a new endowment fund called “The Founders Society….Stepping into the Future.”  Since 1998, the Trust has provided Dress for Success Indianapolis with six grants totaling $315,000.

The Trust also provided five other $25,000 grants in honor of Ms. Ivey. Other grants in Indianapolis went to Girls Inc., and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. In Phoenix, grants went to the Beatitudes Campus, Rosie’s House and A Stepping Stone Foundation.

Click here for more information about The Founders Society … Stepping into the Future!

Barbara Ellsworth Featured in NAWBO video

Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis was recently featured in a video for NAWBO – Indianapolis’ annual lunch. Watch this video that illustrates the power of women in business and their response to The Shriver Report released this year.


Harrison College is 2014 Suits for Success Sponsor!

We’re excited to welcome Harrison College as our Suits for Success sponsor for 2014. Since the program’s launch in 2000, over 10,000 women have participated in this unique program. When a woman has an interview scheduled, she is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of our nearly 90 partner community agencies. At her appointment, our women are matched with a volunteer personal shopper who helps them pick out an entire interview ensemble (suit, shoes, jewelry, hosiery, etc.) and provide an invaluable confidence boost right before their big day. Women can also come back to the Suits for Success program for whatever attire they need for work (business casual, scrubs, non-skid shoes and work pants, etc.). Removing the barrier of clothing appropriate for interviews and work while celebrating new opportunities is a hallmark of this program. This collaboration illustrates Harrison College’s commitment to our women and or organization through planned opportunities for employees to volunteer, sponsorship of our annual Send One Suit – Week suit drive and also provides essential funds that guarantee our services are available to the women of our city. Thank you to Harrison College and their associates for working together with us to transform the lives of women in Indianapolis, their families and our community.


Send One Suit – Week 2014 Dates Announced!

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S.O.S. (Send One Suit) – Week: April 21-25, 2014

 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, blouses and make a financial contribution during the annual Send One Suit – Week, April 21 to April 25, 2014. Harrison College is the 2014 Suits for Success sponsor and Title sponsor for this exciting event! For the eighth time, Classic Cleaners is supporting Send One Suit – Week by providing coupons to those who donate during this campaign at any privately-sponsored drive.

Each 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 hosting a private drive with friends or coworkers, 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 via All donations support Dress for Success 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. Individuals or businesses interested in hosting a S.O.S. – Week private drive should click here to sign up!

Donated suits and blouses will stock Dress for Success Indianapolis’s boutique where 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 of the over 1,200 woman served a year is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of nearly 90 partner referral agencies when she is job-ready and has an interview scheduled. At Dress for Success Indianapolis a volunteer Personal Shopper will help each woman pick out an entire interview ensemble, giving interview tips and a priceless confidence boost along the way. Once hired, she is invited back to the boutique to select an outfit appropriate for her new position. Only donations from the community make it possible for 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 organization’s work does not end after the clients have received work apparel. Dress for Success Indianapolis also invites women 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.

click here to sign up online! 

Dress for Success Worldwide Partners With QVC


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 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 or by calling QVC at (800) 345-1515.

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.

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!


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