We envision a world where the sewing and design industry is made up of well trained, highly skilled, and well compensated professionals whose unique skills, expertise, and workmanship are respected and valued.
Our mission is to support students pursuing education in sewing and design, educators teaching the next generation of sewing and design professionals, and small manufacturers and other sewing and design entrepreneurs.
The Foundation was created by ASDP leaders in 2015 to support educational and charitable activities related to the sewing and design profession. We are grateful for the extraordinary efforts of those ASDP members who worked together to obtain the Foundation’s 501(c)(3) charitable status.
The Foundation’s initial funding came from approximately $3,000 that remained in the original Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (PACC) Scholarship Fund. We hope to raise enough principal over the next several years to make significant grants to deserving projects. In the meantime, the Foundation will provide small grants to projects that meet the criteria described in our mission. Additional funds have come from individual donors, the proceeds of ASDP Annual Conference activities including a popular book auction, local ASDP Chapters, and support of corporate sponsors.
The Foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization means that donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Likewise, the Foundation’s grants are also governed by federal tax law and are limited to charitable purposes related to our mission.
In 2019, the ASDP Charitable Foundation provided a grant of $2,000 to The Sewing Machine Project, thesewingmachineproject.org, a Madison, WI based nonprofit organization dedicated to offering sewing machines and sewing related education to provide opportunities for people to create, learn new skills, and contribute to their own livelihoods and community well-being.
“The Sewing Machine Project simply would not exist without generous souls who believe in the work we do, offering machines, time, and money to support us. Your gift is so important. We will use your generous donation to support classes…reaching more community center, helping more people have access to sewing. I can’t underscore enough the importance of your gift …and something I’ve learned along the way is that the depth of connection that blooms when people sew together is incredibly powerful.”
~Margaret Jankowski, SMP Director
ASDP Foundation Board members with the Director of the Sewing Machine Project at the 2019 ASDP Conference.
From left to right; Dee Leach, Rae Cumbie, Margaret Jankowski (SMP), Janet Blood, Susan Widawski, Tina Colombo
We encourage you to include the ASDP Charitable Foundation in your annual giving plans. Your contribution will be acknowledged as we work toward building a better tomorrow for all who consider the sewing and design fields their calling.
If you would be interested in working as a volunteer with the Foundation as it moves forward, or would like giving cards to distribute to friends, colleagues, clients, or other organizations you think would be interested in contributing, please contact Marijo Rymer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rae Cumbie and Sarah Veblen discuss the Foundation
Marijo Rymer, President
Tina Colombo, Treasurer
Janet Blood, Secretary
Mechiel Whitmore, ASDP President representing the ASDP Board