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Dress for Success Worldwide

New York, New York, USA
11-50 employees
Populations Served: 
Women and Girls
About Us

Dress for Success Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Through our global network of 144 independent affiliates across 22 countries, we have served over 1.2 million women to date.


Dress for Success was founded in 1997 to serve unemployed women in New York City as they prepared for job interviews and employment by providing them with donated gently used professional clothing. Dress for Success quickly recognized the need to provide services beyond the flagship suiting program via career coaching and job retention to help its clients make true progress toward financial independence. For women who secured employment, additional support and networking was available via the retention programming and various alumni networks.
Over the next two decades, programming expanded to encompass career advancement, leadership, financial education, scholarships, and more, mostly through cohort models, almost exclusively in-person. The pandemic created an opportunity to prioritize creation of online programming. Today, programming is offered both in-person and digitally, at the affiliate level and through an online community centrally administered and managed by Dress for Success Worldwide. Throughout its history, the organization was – and remains – reliant upon volunteers to deliver its programs.
Today, Dress for Success Worldwide (Worldwide) is the managing organization for the Dress for Success brand and global affiliate network. Our annual operating budget is $8MM with an additional $6-12MM secured annually in in-kind products and services. Worldwide’s current structure includes an administrative/headquarters function in New York City and hub locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City that provide direct services and programming to women within their local communities.

Why Work For Us?: 

Dress for Success provides a unique and rewarding environment in which to work. Committed to helping disadvantaged women in their respective communities, our staff is united in an effort to end poverty around the globe. Joining Dress for Success offers you the opportunity to join a global network of people working to achieve our shared mission and to support women as they strive to realize their full potential.