At the core of SFC is a simple concept: provide low-income women with professional attire so that they can seek employment. But clothes are only the beginning. Clients include domestic violence survivors, homeless and immigrant women, and former offenders. More than 100 social service agencies refer these women to SFC because, along with new clothes, they gain confidence, dignity, and self-esteem. During free, individualized suiting sessions, women receive one-on-one mentoring and two full professional outfits in advance of a scheduled interview. Once they land the job, clients return to round out a full week’s wardrobe. Suited for Success Workshops offer training in soft skills like communication, conflict management, teamwork, and more, helping women to improve their job readiness and retain employment. Women begin to see themselves as professionals, many for the first time. Let’s show them we believe in them too.

COVID-19 Update: Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, SFC has forged partnerships with Goodwill of Greater Washington and N Street Village's Holistic Housing program to deliver services to women facing acute needs for continued support and positive connections. Workshops focused on interview skills, professional communication, and career and personal goal setting have moved online and the already existing distance learning services have proved to be vital as a means to connect with women facing isolation, economic uncertainty, and often challenging living situations.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls

Awards & Recognition

Noel Soderberg Evans - Hope is a Woman award, 2006
Spirit of Giving Guide, 2005
Top 20 Charities, Washingtonian magazine, 2003


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Suited for Change is: Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

If you like Suited for Change you might also like