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Help Provide Business Attire for Students

$4,535
30%
Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
22 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 27, at 11:59 PM EST
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Help Provide Business Attire for Students

The Center for Career Education encourages all students to look and feel successful in their pursuit of a job or internship regardless of their financial circumstances, but purchasing a suit, blouse/shirt, accessories, and shoes can be cost prohibitive for some students.

Since opening the Clothing Closet in 2008, Columbia University students have been able to borrow business suits and accessories, free of charge, for the purpose of attending an interview, career fair or professional networking event.

Eight years later, the 14 suits in our inventory have been used hundreds of times and many are showing signs of wear.

With only 14 suits available for borrowing among the thousands of students we serve each year, we are seeking $15,000 to:  

  1. Replace the 14 damaged and worn suits in our current inventory     
  2. Add 8 new suits to our inventory The Clothing Closet has one or two suits in each size. Additional suits in often requested sizes would enable us to better serve students during busy times such as campus career fairs and recruiting season.      
  3. Convert a supply closet next to the Clothing Closet into a small dressing room with a mirror, bench and set of lockers. Currently, students change in our restrooms which are small and without secure storage for student’s belongings. It would greatly enhance the experience for students if they had a place to change and safely store their belongings during their interviews.  
  4. Have the suits dry cleaned and maintained for one year

How can I help?  Make a gift and help the Center for Career Education raise $15,000 for the Clothing Closet. As more students struggle to finance the increasing cost of higher education, many can benefit from the loan of a business suit for recruiting events and interviews. Being able to borrow professional attire allows students to look, and perform, their best when on interviews and at recruiting events.  

How will I know my contribution made a difference? You'll receive an update from a student who borrowed a business suit from the Clothing Closet and learn how it helped them achieve their career goals.

 

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$50

$50

Helps relieve the burden for students worrying about how they’ll obtain professional attire so they can look and perform their best when on interviews and at recruiting events.

$100

$100

Contributes almost half of what is needed to purchase one new suit.

$250

$250

Allows us to purchase one new suit! Donors will receive a photo and testimonial from a student who benefited from borrowing a suit.

$500

$500

Allows us to purchase two new suits! Donors will receive a photo and testimonial from a student who benefited from borrowing a suit, and get a public “Thank you shout-out” on the College’s Facebook or Twitter account.

$1,000

$1,000

Covers the entire dry cleaning budget for all suits borrowed for one year allowing us to lend more suits each semester.

$5,000

$5,000

Provides half of the funding needed to replace all 14 women’s and men’s suits; and purchase 8 new suits.

$10,000

$10,000

Provides all the funding needed to replace all 14 women’s and men’s suits, purchase 8 new suits, and cover the entire dry cleaning budget for one year.

$15,000

$15,000

Provides funding for our entire project! Allowing us to replace all 14 women’s and men’s suits; purchase 8 new suits; cover the entire dry cleaning budget for one year; and create a small dressing room and lockers for easier borrowing among students.

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