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 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 2020, the ASDP Charitable Foundation Board approved a gift of $3,000 to the Association to support on-line educational offerings for ALL ASDP members in lieu of traditional classes offered at the annual conference.
This donation will help cover stipends for teachers so that all members can take advantage of high quality sewing, design, and business management training opportunities.
~The first video, from Pat Billups, will be available to members at the beginning of January and new videos will be added each month.
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
Janee Connor, Treasurer
Janet Blood, Secretary
Bonny Carmicino, ASDP President representing the ASDP Board