DRESS FOR SUCCESS LEXINGTON INC
1165 Centre Parkway, Suite 100
Lexington KY 40517
Contact Information
Nonprofit DRESS FOR SUCCESS LEXINGTON INC
Address 1165 Centre Parkway, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40517
Phone (859) 231-7848
Contact Name Analisa Wagoner
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2013
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Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Dress for Success Lexington is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Background Statement
 
“It is so awesome to have wonderful people that want you to be successful.”

Dress for Success Lexington client after her interview suiting

Dress for Success Lexington is a local affiliate of Dress for Success®, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in New York City in 1997 as an answer to the needs of women who seek employment and self-sufficiency. Over the past 21 years, Dress for Success has grown into a thriving international not-for-profit organization that has supported more than 1,000,000 women at 155 affiliates in 27 countries.

Dress for Success Lexington was founded in 2013 by two Lexington women eager to bring the opportunities offered by Dress for Success to women in the Lexington community. Dress for Success Worldwide provides a supportive network, project ideas, occasional funding opportunities, but no ongoing financial support to affiliates.

Women come to Dress for Success Lexington by referral from community-based social service agencies and non-profit organizations. At her first individual appointment, each client is introduced to the services offered. In the Career Center, a needs assessment is conducted to determine a plan of action that meets each client's individual needs. Then the client meets with a stylist who selects an interview suit and accessories for her. When she successfully lands the job, she returns for an “Employment Suiting” consisting of a week's worth of additional job-appropriate attire.

The suit is just the beginning of how we help women thrive in work and life. In addition to being suited by Dress for Success Lexington, each client is given access to our Career Center, which offers critical tools essential to not only getting a job, but keeping it, providing the opportunity to advance in today’s highly competitive workforce. Our clients can achieve economic independence through relevant career workshops, one-on-one job coaching and mentoring, and computer access.
Impact Statement
 
“... and from that moment, I just felt different. I felt good about myself.”

Dress for Success Lexington client after her interview suiting.

2017 meant big changes for Dress for Success Lexington, as we moved into a larger space to accommodate our continued growth. As a result, by the end of 2017, we are proud to say that we have served over 650 women since we originally opened our doors in 2013, providing individual appointments where women received help with resumes, job searches, mock interviews, and professional clothing for interviews and new jobs.

Our over 30 partner agencies refer women to us at a steady pace. Some of our clients have been homeless, leaving abusive situations, in trouble with the law, or trying to enter the workforce for the first time in a long time, and it takes a multi-agency effort to help them reach their goals.

We continue to offer the popular monthly “Lunch and Learn” workshops. Recent topics included financial literacy, expungement guidelines in Kentucky, using Linked-In, and many others.

Our fundraising accomplishments in 2017 included Dress for Success Lexington's signature event “Recycle the Runway”, our quarterly clothing sales of excess inventory, and the premier of a brand new, family-friendly event – “Picnic with a Purpose”. Business partners have donated portions of sales at Third party events, and we participate in many local and national fundraising efforts.

Dress for Success Lexington board members set the following goals for 2018-2020:

(1) Increase fundraising by 20% over the previous year,

(2) Improve overall awareness and perception of the organization,

(3) Increase volunteer participation and maintain Executive Director/Board consistency of at least 9 members,

(4) Increase client volume by 25% and improve return on investment of client services, and

(5) Implement our new Women2Women networking program, thanks to a 2 yr. Economic Development Grant from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.
Needs Statement
 
Ongoing Needs:
(1) Professional clothing: Donations of job appropriate clothing and accessories are always in need, and can made, by appointment, on Thursdays from 1-4 by calling our office at 859-231-7848. Major areas of need are plus-size clothing and wide-width shoes, and office supplies and portfolios, with additional items listed on our website. We also need funds to purchase specialty suiting items for clients when our donations are not sufficient. We have an ongoing need for volunteers to sort the clothing, assist our clients with “suitings”, and organize quarterly sales.

(2) Programs/services Volunteers: Volunteers are always needed in our Career Center to work with individual clients, speak at workshops and classes, mentor clients in our new Women2Women program, and help organize other programs and fundraising.

(3) We rely entirely on donations and fundraising for the ongoing expenses to keep Dress for Success Lexington operating including rent, utilities, program costs and salary for our only employee, the Executive Director. Our volunteers, board members and executive director work on numerous grants and fundraisers including Recycle the Runway, quarterly sales, our new family-friendly “Picnic with a Purpose”, and partnering with local businesses.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
 
As both the co-founder and Executive Director of Dress for Success Lexington, I am both humbled and excited to have played a part in bringing this amazing, and much needed, organization to Lexington.

We have partnered with 30 referral agencies and counting in the community, enabling us to collaborate in such a way that we are able to instill both style and self-assurance in the deserving women we serve throughout the Lexington area, helping them transition into the workplace and begin their journey to self-sufficiency!

Sometimes it's the little things that help you get ahead, - an interview suit, someone to spell check your resume, or tips on how to introduce yourself with confidence. To see the transformation in the women we serve when they work one on one with our volunteers, spending time in our Career Center for an introduction to our services, followed by a suiting in our boutique, is an amazing experience. One can almost see the physical transformation these women go through as they recognize their value and tap into their own "can do" experience.

The clothing is just the beginning of the process for the women we serve. Once they get the job, they are able to come back for a whole week's worth of job appropriate attire – all at no cost to them. Along the way they are able to utilize our Career Center individually, one on one, or in workshops.

In 2018, we will be implementing a newly created Women2Women mentoring program which will provide customized mentoring in job seeking strategies, soft skills, and employment retention behaviors to unemployed women who live and eventually work in Fayette County. Program resources include computer access, weekly open workshops, organizers, bus passes or gas cards, professional clothing, and support from a network of women all working towards the same thing: finding and keeping jobs. I believe that our new programming will enable us to further our mission, and bring the organization to the next level in providing key support to the women we serve.

We are committed to working with our clients for as long as they feel they need our services, because at the end of the day we know that the job they get will not only make a difference for them, it will also impact their families and our community as well.
Board Chair Statement
 
As Chair of the Dress for Success Lexington Board of Directors, I have seen this organization grow from nothing more than an idea on paper to an office bustling with motivated clients, highly-skilled volunteers, and a passionate Executive Director--all working together to help women in Lexington find and maintain gainful employment.  The impact of our services and of our passion has been nothing short of incredible.   Simply stated, we are a group of women helping women in a way that truly makes a difference.  Dress for Success Lexington gives women the ability to financially care for themselves and their families and to be self-sufficient in every sense of those words.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services /
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services /
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Dress for Success Lexington currently serves women in Lexington, Kentucky, located in Fayette County.  We have also served several women in the surrounding communities, including Bourbon, Clark, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Nicholas, Scott, and Woodford counties.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

“Support, kindness, a place to go for confidence. Thank you so much. My home life and former partner was a very hard place. Thank you for helping me.”

Dress for Success Lexington client after her interview suiting

Dress for Success Lexington's overall goal is to assist women in our community who are unemployed or have low incomes by providing quality services, including professional attire and career education, to help them find a job, build a career, and achieve self-defined success. We reach out to women in difficult situations who want to improve their lives.

The driving force behind a successful affiliate, in addition to volunteers and funding, is the referrals we receive from our partner agencies. We rely on these agencies to identify women who may be in need of our services. Strengthening the relationships we have with these agencies enables us to address the issues of unemployment and job sustainability from a collaborative, rather than competitive, standpoint.

Without volunteers, Dress for Success Lexington simply would not be able to fulfill our mission. In order to grow, we know that we need to increase the number of regular volunteers who are a part of Dress for Success Lexington to assist in all aspects of the organization. As a result, we plan to identify a new Volunteer Coordinator in order to increase our number of active volunteers and improve volunteer communications, recruitment and engagement.

Key indicators of success involve engaging more referral agencies who send women to our suiting program, increasing the number of clients served, and increasing the number of clients who are achieving self-defined success (some examples have been, but are not limited to: obtaining a job after attending the GPN workshops, receiving promotions and salary increases, getting out of a dead end job, and pursuing educational goals).

We look forward to opportunities for new ideas and growth in 2016. We feel confident that with the experiences of the past year, and under the guidance of our new board, we can begin the implementation of a new three-year strategic plan that will enable us to make an even bigger impact on the women in our community as we move forward.

Dress for Success Lexington Board members set the following four goals for 2016-2019:

(1) Increase fundraising by 20% over the previous year,

(2) Improve overall awareness and perception of the organization,

(3) Increase volunteer participation and maintain Executive Director/Board consistency of at least 7 members, and

(4) Increase client volume by 30% and improve the return on investment of client services.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Strategies are directly related to goals.

Goal 1: Increase monetary donations through increased event revenues, increased donor giving, and increased grant applications.

Goal 2: Be visible in the community by participating in community events, forming additional partnerships, and hosting events.

Goal 3: Demonstrate and communicate the value of participation by acquiring an AmeriCorps VISTA to act as volunteer coordinator, updating the volunteer recruitment materials, and conducting regular volunteer orientations.

Goal 4: Launch and market new services, promote the organization at events, and maintain and improve relationships with referral agencies.

Goal 5: Hire a Women2Women coordinator according to the PSA set forth in the new Economic Development Grant to implement and fully execute the new Women2Women program, including program marketing, the recruitment and training of volunteer mentors, the engagement of companies to facilitate hiring of program participants, and the enrollment of job-ready women into the program.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? A recent SWOT analysis by members of the Board identified these strengths and capabilities:

--Committed volunteers

--Regular and ongoing quality in-kind donations

--Quality 1-on-1 interactions with clients

--Continuum of Services through regular programming

--Welcoming environment including “no judgment zone”

--Outreach and promotion of the organization
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Indicators of progress involve year-to-year comparisons of the following:


Goal 1: Fundraising total and analysis of individual grants and events

Goal 2: Listing of events hosted or participated

Goal 3: Number of volunteers and volunteer hours, listing of board members

Goal 4: Number of women served and their employment rates

Goal 5: Total number of women successfully enrolled and tracked according to Women2Women grant parameters.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? Dress for Success Lexington effectively achieved most of its primary objectives for 2017. We managed to recruit three new board members who have become an active part of our organization. We met our goal of securing corporate funding by obtaining Tempur-Sealy and Sleep Outfitters as our quarterly corporate sponsors.


We replaced The Power Walk with our own event, Picnic with a Purpose. Our first time holding this event was successful but we want to increase our revenue and attendance as a goal for 2018.

The formalized succession plan for the executive director position has been created. There are a few items that need to be added in order to have this finalized. An executive director job description and evaluation parameters were created and followed.

There are three goals we made progress towards but would like to continue for 2018. The first continuing goal is conducting an outreach effort to new and existing member agencies to strengthen relationships and increase referrals. Second, we want to continue to increase our number of active volunteers and get our database of volunteers complete and reconciled. Finally, we would like to continue to work on our donor database for future donation requests.

We had a substantial increase in our revenue for the year, however this was offset by our increased operational costs. As a result of relocating at the end of 2016, we lost revenue during our quarterly sales. However, we increased our revenue with Recycle the Runway and giving challenges.

We have improved our technology for giving in the last year. We purchased technology to utilize Square to accept payments and donations. This has proven to be very efficient and helpful at our events. We additionally signed up for a Venmo account and used that service to accept donations. Finally, we opened a Paypal account that replaced the text to give service we utilized previously.

The Kentucky Gaming license was obtained and we used it to raffle items at our fundraising events. This raised revenue for us at our events.

Despite the disruption of moving to a new location, and a large board turnover in recent years, we were still able to achieve most of the goals we set forth. Our organization, board, and volunteers are continuing to grow and serve our community. Our newer fundraising events are increasing in revenue for us, and that will only continue to grow.

We won a “Community Partnership Award” from Employment Solutions in 2017, and our Executive Director was recognized as the “Most Inspirational Social Advocate” at last year’s Best of the Bluegrass Awards, presented by Lexenomics. As a relatively new affiliate of Dress for Success®, we are proud of our accomplishments and will continue to set high goals and strive to achieve them.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Elizabeth Woods
Company Affiliation UK Healthcare
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Sarah Lim BerkowitzTop Venture, LLCVoting
Ms. Lauren BrookeLauren Brooke Law FirmVoting
Mr. Michael HesterEquipment DeptVoting
Mrs. Nanci HouseWhite, McCann & StewartVoting
Mrs. Lindsay Hughes ThurstonAsst. Secretary of State - Commonwealth of KentuckyVoting
Ms. Kathryn McGuireBest Dressed Lex, LLCVoting
Mr. Robert ParmleyLexington Public LibraryVoting
Ms. Jessica StigallPhillips, Parker, Orberson & Arnett, PLCVoting
Ms. Diane VerhalenAlliance Financial PlanningVoting
Ms. Analisa WagonerDress for Success LexingtonNonVoting
Ms. Elizabeth WoodsUK HealthcareVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Comments
CEO Comments As a new organization, we established our board to be both the governing body and fundraising arm of the organization, and expect active participation from each of our board members. While there have been changes in the original board, we continually strive to increase both the number and diversity of our current board year.  
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Woods
Term Start Mar 2017
Email ElizabethAWoods16@gmail.com
Experience

Elizabeth Wood is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Lexington. Elizabeth has lived in Lexington since 2005, when she attended Transylvania University. She attended the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and now works at the University of Kentucky in their ambulatory pharmacies.

Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 167
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Description The suit is just the beginning. In our Career Center, clients are given the knowledge and tools to not only enter the workforce, but to thrive in a job.

Whether searching for a new job, or having just obtained employment, each client begins her relationship with Dress for Success Lexington with a brief introduction in our Career Center. A volunteer then reviews the client’s work and education history, her goals, and what she needs to be successful in job interviews, or on the job. Together they develop a plan for assistance with things such as resume preparation, and job search and retention strategies, according to the client’s needs.

The Career Center also offers professional workshops and training sessions including the popular “Lunch and Learn” monthly series. There are several computers for clients to use in their job search efforts or to complete online applications or trainings. Appointments can be set up for the client to work individually or with a volunteer.
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Females, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description Our new Women2Women mentoring program is an exciting opportunity for women who are unemployed to have mentors who are committed to help them find work and improve their lives. Women2Women is funded by a grant from the LFUCG and begins July 2018. The goal is to help women who are unemployed become employees who succeed and stay in their jobs.

The program provides customized mentoring in job seeking strategies, soft skills, and employment retention behaviors to unemployed women who live and eventually work in Fayette County. Resources include computer access, weekly open workshops, organizers, bus passes or gas cards, professional clothing, and support from a network of women all working towards the same thing: finding and keeping jobs.

Each participant is paired with a professional woman who assists them with regular support and ongoing communications to help them develop strategies to navigate challenges as they search for jobs and reenter the workforce.
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Females, Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Comments
CEO Comments Sometimes it's the little things that help you get ahead - a dress suit, someone to spell check your résumé, or tips on how to introduce yourself with confidence. Your donations will help provide professional attire for women to wear to job interviews, a week's worth of job appropriate attire once they're gainfully employed, facilitate career-development and networking meetings, help run financial-literacy sessions, and more!

Empowering women through Dress for Success Lexington takes talent, time, and treasure. Please consider doing what you can. Every "T" makes a difference!
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2016
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Dress for Success Lexington has partnered with more than 30 community agencies to identify women who are job-ready and would benefit from our programs.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2018
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2018
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Senator Mitch McConnell Recognizing Dress for Success LexingtonUnited States Congressional Record2014
2015 Rookie of the YearDress for Success Worldwide2015
Most Inspirational Social Advocate - Analisa Wagoner, Executive DirectorLexenomic's Best of the Bluegrass2016
Community Partnership AwardEmployment Solutions2017
L.L. Pinkerton Visionary AwardMidway University2018
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $122,500.00
Projected Expenses $120,477.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
--$29,049$12,465
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$0----
Individual Contributions$39,481$5,551$9,029
$0----
$6,201$5,414$7,163
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$289$115
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$40,899$32,067$50,256
Revenue In-Kind$0$287,359--
Other$98,659--$130,378
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$164,877$189,790$181,374
Administration Expense$11,291$10,188$7,674
Fundraising Expense$5,849$4,817$4,407
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.761.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%93%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$306,861$303,638$152,889
Current Assets$8,965$303,024$152,185
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$306,861$303,638$148,704
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments Dress for Success Lexington received its IRS ruling in October 2013, and does not yet have one full year of financials.
Address 1165 Centre Parkway, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40517
Primary Phone 859 231-7848
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Woods
Board Chair Ms. Elizabeth Woods
Board Chair Company Affiliation UK Healthcare