Better Business Bureau Report for
Dress for Success Louisville

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2018

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: 317A 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's mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them 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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Dress for Success Louisville (DFSL) is life-changing. Programming is provided under the umbrella of the Career Transformation Center and there’s no charge to clients for their participation. Programming options include: Suits to Success provides each client with a career suit, cosmetics, footwear, accessories as well as positive reinforcement and a boost of confidence. Each client works with a highly trained personal shopper who helps her select her apparel. Once the client is employed, she returns to DFSL for a full week’s worth of professional attire. Professional Women’s Group (PWG) promotes employment retention and career advancement for successfully employed DFSL women by providing a network of support, practical information and inspiration to remain employed so they can truly thrive. Sessions are offered monthly on a variety of career development topics. In addition to an expert speaker, PWG members are provided networking opportunities. Programming focuses on five pillars: work/life balance; written and unwritten rules of the work place; financial responsibility; health and wellness; and leadership and civic duty. Workforce Readiness helps DFSL’s un/under-employed women gain professional skills, accelerate their job searches and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. In addition DFSL offers a Career Center (resumes, mock interviews, job search, etc.), Financial Literacy and Computer Literacy. Since suiting our first client in 2000, DFSL has served over 15,000 women in 13 counties.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, Dress for Success Louisville's program expenses were:

Program services 292,950
Total Program Expenses: $292,950
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Chief Executive : Michelle Dayvault, Executive Dirctor

Chair of the Board: Jenny L. Powers
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Senior Manager / Business Tax Services Ernst & Young LLP

Board Size: 17

Paid Staff Size: 4

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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, Board member donations
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $290,451, 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, 2015.

Ending net assests as reported below are unrestricted net assets.

Source of Funds  
Contributions, gifts, grants, and similar amounts received 192,907
Fundraising events, net 97,544
Net income from sales of inventory 8,213
Investment income 315
Total Income $298,979


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 16% 

Total income $298,979
Program expenses $292,950
Fund raising expenses 44,259
Administrative expenses 66,199
Total expenses $403,408
Expenses in Excess of Income (104,429)
Beginning net assets 310,638
Ending net assets 206,209
Total liabilities 13,142
Total assets $219,351

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