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What is the SOA?

Dress for Success strongly believes we have an obligation to our stakeholders to operate with accountability and transparency, surpassing the basic standards set for non-profit organizations. In 2007 we formalized this commitment by creating our Standards of Accountability (SOA) policy. The goal of the SOA is to demonstrate that all Dress for Success affiliates around the world exceed widely accepted non-profit business practices. 

Affiliates establish their compliance with the SOA annually, thus renewing this commitment to excellence. Those who meet all the criteria are demonstrating their extraordinary dedication to their stakeholdersby taking these additional steps to ensure transparency and accountability to all of their supporters.

The SOA focuses on three key areas: governance/operations, financial practices and fundraising. Each Dress for Success affiliate is committed to protecting donor information and keeping donors adequately informed, ensuring the organization has sufficient oversight, reinforcing our brand and making all financial information available and easily accessible to stakeholders.

Governance/Operations
Affiliates must demonstrate that they have sufficient board oversight and that this governing body adheres to certain standards with regard to size, frequency of meetings, potential conflicts of interest and so on.

Finances
It is Dress for Success policy that at least 65% of all expenses go directly to client services. Financial reports prepared by affiliates must contain specific information with regard to income, expenses and assets.

Fundraising
Donor privacy is of the utmost importance to Dress for Success, and as part of the SOA, all affiliates must have policies in place to protect donors. Affiliates also need to ensure that potential contributors are adequately informed about how Dress for Success will benefit from any promotions or sales held by a third party.

The specific requirements of the SOA can be found here.

Any affiliate displaying this seal on its Web site is in compliance with all aspects of the SOA for the 2013 calendar year.

Please feel free to e-mail us at worldwide@dressforsuccess.org if you have questions or would like to learn more about the SOA.

2013 SOA Compliant Affiliates:

Dress for Success Albany Dress for Success Morris County
Dress for Success Atlanta Dress for Success Missoula
Dress for Success Auckland Dress for Success New Orleans
Dress for Success Austin Dress for Success Northland
Dress for Success Bakersfield Dress for Success Oregon
Dress for Success Boise Valley Dress for Success Ottawa
Dress for Success Boston Dress for Success Palm Beaches
Dress for Success Brisbane Dress for Success Peoria
Dress for Success Buffalo Dress for Success Philadelphia
Dress for Success Burlington Dress for Success Phoenix
Dress for Success Central Alberta Dress for Success Pittsburgh
Dress for Success Christchurch Dress for Success Poland - Silesia
Dress for Success Cincinnati Dress for Success Quad Cities
Dress for Success Cleveland Dress for Success Racine
Dress for Success Columbus Dress for Success Red River Valley
Dress for Success Dallas Dress for Success Regina
Dress for Success Denver Dress for Success River Cities
Dress for Success Des Moines Dress for Success San Antonio
Dress for Success Dublin Dress for Success San Diego
Dress for Success Dutchess County Dress for Success San Francisco
Dress for Success Erie Dress for Success San Jose
Dress for Success Greater Orlando Dress for Success Saskatoon
Dress for Success Halifax Dress for Success Seattle
Dress for Success Hamilton Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier
Dress for Success Hampton Roads Dress for Success Southern Nevada
Dress for Success Hartford Dress for Success Strathclyde
Dress for Success Honolulu Dress for Success SW Florida
Dress for Success Houston Dress for Success Tallahassee
Dress for Success Hudson County Dress for Success Tampa Bay
Dress for Success Indianapolis Dress for Success Toronto
Dress for Success Jamaica Dress for Success Triangle NC
Dress for Success Kansas City Dress for Success Tulsa
Dress for Success Lackawanna Dress for Success Twin Cities
Dress for Success Lisbon Dress for Success Vancouver
Dress for Success Luzerne County Dress for Success Washington DC
Dress for Success Melbourne Dress for Success Wellington
Dress for Success Mercer County Dress for Success Western Mass
Dress for Success Metro Jackson Dress for Success Wichita
Dress for Success Mexico City Dress for Success Worcester
Dress for Success Miami Dress for Success Worldwide - Central
Dress for Success Michigan Dress for Success Worldwide - West
Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County Dress for Success Worldwide, New York Program
Dress for Success Midwest  

 

 




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