United Colors Of Fashion harnesses the creativity and giftedness of New York’s under resourced youth, aspiring artists to help them become successful professionals in the Fashion and Arts industry. With funds generated from this artistic collaboration, UCOF partners with the Soweto Hospice in South Africa to provide financial assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and paralysis, who are unable to obtain proper care through normal channels.
United Colors Of Fashion is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to educate and mentor under resourced youth about the fashion industry. In addition, the organization provides food, clothing to children living with HIV in Soweto, South Africa. We are the first non-profit in the nation with a free FASHION EDUCATION.
A BOLD IDEA TO ALWAYS USE 100% OF PUBLIC DONATIONS TO FUND OUR FASHION EDUCATION AND CHARITY CARE PROGRAMS
When we started United Colors Of Fashion, Inc, (UCOF) we wanted to be very different than all other non-profit organizations. Hence, we made a brave promise to everyone around the world — 100% of their donations would go directly to the field to fund our programs (with the exception of donations made online using credit cards-the credit company takes a percentage before giving us the donation). We'd find another way to cover our operating expenses.
We depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies. Please note, during the first two years, everyone on the staff at UCOF worked for free. Yes, we did not pay them anything for their time and dedications, including those who traveled from other countries to come to help us in NY. These donors are some of our most dedicated: their investment fuels our long-term mission, our ability to scale as an organization and our mission to continue using 100% of public donations for our Fashion Education and Charity Care Programs.