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Clean out Your Closet and Give Back

Before you ring in the New Year later this week, consider these style-conscious charitable organizations for year-end, tax-deductible donations.

  • The Princess Project: Each year, this volunteer organization gives new and almost-new formal dresses and accessories to hundreds of prom-bound Bay Area high school girls who could not otherwise afford them. While the organization’s annual dress donating drives won’t gear up until spring, you can support the effort anytime of year with a financial contribution.
  • A Miner Miracle: This San Francisco-based resource helps low income men, women and young adults seeking better careers by providing individual workplace skills counseling sessions alongside such instant image-boosters as interview-appropriate clothing, grooming services, tailoring, wardrobe consultations and makeup and skincare products and application instruction.
  • Dress for Success: The Bay Area chapter of this international charitable organization helps disadvantaged women on the road to economic independence with professional suits for interviews and the career counseling they’ll need to get the job. Once a client finds employment, the non-profit continues to help by providing additional clothing and accessories and access to ongoing career guidance, mentoring and job retention programs.