To be hired for a job and to keep it, you need a suit; to buy that suit, you need a job. That’s why over 100 local social services agencies refer low-income clients to Suited for Change. Trained volunteers meet women who have completed a job-readiness program and are seeking employment; together they select suits and accessories for the interview process. Once clients have secured employment, they are referred back for a second consultation where they receive a week’s wardrobe. Survivors of domestic violence, homeless women and immigrant women, former offenders, teenagers, and seniors participate in workshops on everything from healthy eating and budgeting to goal-setting and surviving difficult bosses. A partnership with the DC Women's Business Center and the YWCA-National Capital Area, the new Suited for Start-Up counsels and mentors women who want to establish their own businesses. Since 1992, nearly 23,000 women have taken steps toward employment and financial independence for themselves and their families. You can help SFC make a big impact in the community – one woman at a time.

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!

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