Better Business Bureau Report for
Dress for Success Louisville

Better Business Bureau Report issued August 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires August 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Dress for Success Louisville
Address: 309 Guthrie Street
  Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-584-8050
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2001, Kentucky
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Dress for Success Louisville is a nonprofit organization that promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, career development tools, and a network of support to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Dress for Success Louisville meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Each woman that visits Dress for Success Louisville receives at least one business suit, shoes, hosiery, and professional accessories for her job interview. Agecny volunteers called “Personal Shoppers” give each client the one-on-one attention needed to boost their confidence. Clients come to Dress for Success® Louisville by referral only from a diverse group of social service agencies and non-profit organizations including job training programs, domestic violence and homeless shelters. All clients are then invited back to select a weeks worth of clothing after they have been hired. Each client is helped with wardrobe building and given advice on how to mix and match clothing during the workweek. After receiving their weeks worth of clothing, clients are invited to join the Professional Women’s Group, which is a job retention and career development program. The PWG is a networking program focused on helping the agency's clients advance in the workplace and achieve economic independence. PWG members attend monthly meetings and hear from experts on a range of topics related to professional development. Participants also have the opportunity to network with each other and community leaders.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Dress for Success Louisville's program expenses were:

Professional Women's Group 154,221
Going Places Network Program 127,157
Total Program Expenses: $281,378
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Chief Executive : Betty J. Fox, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Tammy L. Motley
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Labor Relations Manager

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 5

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Methods of fund raising include invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, and internet appeals. In addition to financial support, Dress for Success also receives a substantial amount of in-kind clothing donations.
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $521,311, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Dress for Success Louisville's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Ending net assests as reported below are unrestricted net assets.

Source of Funds  
Inkind donations 241,831
Contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received 176,753
Special events, net of direct expense 101,325
Federated campaigns 1,402
Investment income 200
Total Income $521,511


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 85%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $521,511
Program expenses $281,378
Fund raising expenses 14,964
Administrative expenses 31,773
Total expenses $328,115
Income in Excess of Expenses 193,396
Beginning net assets 124,765
Ending net assets 318,161
Total liabilities 4,359
Total assets $322,520

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