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Dress For Success Boston, Inc

 989 Commonwealth Avenue, c/o The Family Justice Center
 Boston, MA 02215
[P] (617) 779-2177
[F] (617) 779-2117
www.dressforsuccess.org/boston
[email protected]
Kimberly Todd
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INCORPORATED: 2001
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3554741

LAST UPDATED: 07/09/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Dress for Success Boston is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Mission Statement

The mission of Dress for Success Boston is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $656,000.00
Projected Expense $638,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Career Center
  • Professional Women's Group
  • The Suiting Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Dress for Success Boston is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Background Statement

 Dress for Success Boston (DFS Boston) was started by Co-Founders Nancy Schneider and Enith Levine in 2001, and has since served close to 10,000 women.

At Dress for Success Boston we support and empower women as they prepare to enter or re-enter the workforce. Our clients are referred to us from over 200 human service agencies in the Greater Boston area that are helping women gain control of their lives. We partner with welfare to work agencies, battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation programs, prison early release programs, GED and literacy programs and agencies that help new immigrants get started in a life of economic independence. With the help of 120 active volunteers, we assist women in attaining a professional, tailored and polished look by providing an interview-appropriate ensemble free of charge. Each woman receives one suit for a job interview and additional clothing once she has landed the job. Once employed, she becomes a member of our Professional Women’s Group and is invited to monthly “Conversations With an Expert”. These seminars provide practical information in a safe environment where women are able to network with their peers as well as learn from professional women in a variety of fields.

 


Impact Statement

2014 Performance Evaluation

Dress for Success Boston achieved several of its primary objectives for 2014. 

We continued and enhanced a partnership with the Junior League of Boston, and added Ernst & Young employees, which brought us 50 new volunteers, and enabled us to stay open late two evening per week to dress more clients. The boutique is now open 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. The additional open hours allowed us to reach our goal of serving over 1,000 women in the calendar year!
 
Our annual Celebrating Self Sufficiency Luncheon brought in over $200,000. A fashion show fundraiser, featuring local designer Denise Hajjar’s Fall/Winter fashion line took place in October, 2014, and raised over $20,000. Dress for Success Boston continued a partnership with WIAA (Women in Alternative Assets) through WIAA’s annual fundraiser held at the Four Seasons Boston. The event raised $29,000, all of which was donated to Dress for Success Boston!
 
In March, a new staff was recruited and hired by the Executive Director. Staff now consists of an Executive Director, Program Manager, Manager of Volunteers and Outreach, and a Boutique Coordinator. There are also 2 part time staff, paid via foundation funding to run the Professional Women’s Group and Career Center Programs. We also hire an accountant on a consulting basis to keep finances in good order.
 
Dress for Success Boston completed 2 cohorts of the Going Places Network Program by Walmart. Through funding from TD Bank, the Job Search Skills & Strategies program kicked off and resulted in a 100% employment rate among the women who enrolled!
 

 


Needs Statement

Dress for Success Boston is greatly in need of the following:
 
A new home!
Additional funding for staff - $25,000 - $50,000
 
 

CEO Statement

The mission of Dress for Success Boston is to help low income women transition into the workforce. We achieve this goal in two specific ways (1) by providing interview-appropriate clothing and (2) by offering job search and retention services. Dress for Success Boston is unique because it depends on volunteer invovement to survive (and thrive).  Volunteers work directly with clients, and provide one-on-one service and care to each individual woman who walks through our doors.  Every person who walks into the Dress for Success Boston boutique is treated with dignity and respect.  Every person involved with the mission of this organization is passionate and it shows in everything we do!

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Dress for Success Boston serves women from the Greater Boston area and beyond.  If a woman can get to our boutique, we will provide services to her.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Personal Social Services
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  3. Human Services - Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Career Center

In 2008, Dress for Success Boston opened its Career Center, with donated equipment from Monster.com, and has since served almost 300 women. The Career Center is open to clients and existing Professional Women's Group Members to help with improving their computer skills, updating their resumes and learning additional skills that will help them better perform on their current jobs and help them search and find better jobs.

Our Career Center is available by appointment only to work one-on-one with a volunteer Career Professional and includes the following:
 
 
One-on-one career coaching: clients meet with a volunteer career professional to evaluate their employment history and determine career goals, both short and long-term.

Interview skills and work etiquette: clients are given guidance on how to conduct themselves in an interview and how to answer questions based on their strengths and employment history. Role playing and mock interviewing are some of the techniques used to build skills.

Resume/cover letter writing: clients are guided through the entire process of creating a resume and cover letters to be used in the interview process.

Computer skills practice and enhancements: in
our computer training lab, clients can hone their computer skills and practice skills necessary to ensure job attainment.

Internet job resources: Clients have access to online job searching tools.

Dress for Success Boston’s Career Center promotes confidence and professionalism by providing clients with career guidance, technology skills, and job-seeking support. By teaching our clients how to create superior resumes and cover letters, as well as how to hone their
interview and technology skills, we can ensure that they feel confident and capable when applying for employment. 

 

Budget  $10,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Females Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Professional Women's Group

While Dress for Success may be best known for providing suits to women, it is the employment retention programs that are the cornerstone of the organization. Soon after Dress for Success was founded it recognized that finding work is only one step in a woman's journey towards economic independence; remaining employed and building a rewarding career are essential if a woman is to become
self-sufficient. The Professional Women's Group (PWG) is an invitation-only networking association for Dress for Success Boston clients who have recently entered the workforce, some for the first time. The PWG encourages employment retention and career development by providing a safe environment to network with other women, build professional skills, and learn how to advance in their jobs. Professional Women’s Group members are also eligible to enroll in an annual Financial Literacy Program, sponsored by BNY Mellon. This is an 8 week program that focuses on reducing debt, managing finances and saving for retirement.



Budget  $15,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Population Served Females Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

The Suiting Program

Our clients are referred to us from human service agencies that are helping women gain control of their lives. We partner with welfare to work agencies, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, and drug rehabilitation programs, to name a few. All outfits are free of charge to our clients and are theirs to keep. Our clients receive one-on-one assistance from trained, volunteer personal shoppers who help select an appropriate suit, shoes, and accessories for a job interview. The Dress for Success Boston volunteers gently guide the clients through the selection process, making recommendations and educating them on workplace expectations. We are not a closet. Each woman who comes to Dress for Success Boston receives personal attention and is treated with dignity and respect. The time a client spends at Dress for Success Boston is very special. She can discuss her upcoming interview, her professional presentation, child-care plans, and other concerns. By creating a positive environment for the client, Dress for Success Boston strives to stimulate self-confidence; this helps her get the job she deserves and, in turn, helps her entire family. When our clients obtain employment, they are invited to return to Dress for Success Boston for up to a week’s worth of workplace attire and to join the Professional Women’s Group. 

 



 



Budget  $20,000
Category  Human Services, General/Other Personal Goods & Services
Population Served Females Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  We have supported and dressed 2,000 women since opening in July 2001
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kimberly Todd
CEO Term Start Sept 2006
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Kimberly Todd has 20 years of experience in development, including Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Capital Campaigns, Grant Writing and Direct Mail. She has worked at Lutheran Social Services, Boston Medical Center, San Francisco Theological Seminary and The New England Center for Children. She has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive with the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1997.  Kim is also a member of Women In Development of Greater Boston.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start Sept 2006
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Professional Women's Group Excellence Award Dress for Success Worldwide 2012
Affiliate of the Year/Nancy Lublin Award Dress for Success Worldwide 2009

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Clients of Dress for Success Boston are referred by over 200 human service agencies in the Greater Boston area.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Dress for Success Boston has achieved the goals that were set out in the 2012 Strategic Plan.  The Board will evaluate and create a new Strategic Plan in 2015 once the Board has been revitalized with active members.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Jacqueline Budd
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2007 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jacqueline Budd Retired Voting
Ms. Julie Burns Blue Cross Blue Shield Voting
Ms. Marion Colombo TD Bank Voting
Ms. Allison Egbert McGladrey Voting
Ms. Carol Fulp John Hancock Exofficio
Ms. Belinda Jacobs Stop & Shop Voting
Ms. Joanne Jaxtimer BNY Mellon Voting
Ms. Lisbeth Kamborian Attorney, Development Consultant Voting
Ms. Denise Leyhe Citizens Bank Voting
Ms. Angela Menino John Hancock/City of Boston Voting
Mr. Peter Pedro Bostonian Group Voting
Mr. Mitchell Riesenberger Credit Suisse Voting
Ms. Nancy Schneider Dress for Success Boston Co-Founder Voting
Ms. Catherine Stanton Schiff Edrington Americas Voting
Ms. Emmy Whitney Special Events Consultant Voting
Ms. Bennie Wiley Retired Voting
Ms. Donna Wolfe Santander Bank Exofficio

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 13
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Audit, Compliance and Controls
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Dress for Success Boston is in the process of re-structuring and revitalizing the Board of Directors.  A governance committee has been formed to edit the bylaws, establish board term limits, and to recruit new members.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $633,188 $619,869 $452,863
Total Expenses $600,705 $572,655 $488,756

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $91,078 $122,448 $451,485
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $760 $1,141 $1,378
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $333,698 $317,675 --
Revenue In-Kind $176,193 $152,000 --
Other $31,459 $26,605 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $342,978 $348,288 $276,049
Administration Expense $101,591 $84,482 $100,224
Fundraising Expense $156,136 $139,885 $112,483
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 1.08 0.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses 57% 61% 56%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 37% 32% 25%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $633,082 $602,212 $548,434
Current Assets $618,005 $585,850 $491,249
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $7,377 $8,990 $2,426
Total Net Assets $625,705 $593,222 $546,008

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $40,000.00
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 83.77 65.17 202.49

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited and reviewed financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
Please note, the organization changed its fiscal year in 2010 from calendar year to July 1 - June 30. As such, the fiscal year 2010 Review document and IRS Form 990 document posted above cover a 6 month period, from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010. 
 

Documents


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The ultimate goal of Dress for Success Boston is to help every woman achieve her goal of financial self sufficiency through employment and break the cycle of poverty.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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