Support for Custom Collaborative creates work and businesses for low-income women in garment manufacturing. Your generous gift helps participants professionalize their garment design skills and get hands-on experience, as well as start new new careers as artisans and entrepreneurs.  We are creating a network of skilled professionals and cultivating a customer base to extend Custom Collaborative's social and economic impact. 

Your Donation's Impact

$1,200: Stipend for one Training Institute student

$800: Industrial machine

$400: Museum trip for one class

$200: Class supplies for one student

OTHER WAYS to help us empower women

Ngozi Okaro selecting fabric

In-kind donations

  • Donate dress forms, fabric and sewing machines.

custom collaborative training program in action


  • Volunteer as a model for students (women of all sizes and shapes are needed).

  • Volunteer as a classroom assistant.

  • Volunteer as a guest speaker.

Custom Collaborative students taking a picture together

Partner with us

  • Introduce us to donors and investors.

  • Refer potential students to our program.

  • Talk to us about contract manufacturing.

  • Talk to us about hiring graduates.


We are grateful for the support of our partners and donors who are dedicated to helping women obtain education and networks so they can access good paying careers. We extend special thanks to The Riverside Church.


Alder, New York

Eileen Fisher

Lafayette 148 New York

Wesley, Brown & Bartle


Cottonwood Foundation

Darma Fund

Eileen Fisher Community Foundation

Goldman Sachs Gives

Hyde and Watson Foundation

New York Community Trust

New York Women's Foundation

The Riverside Church Sharing Fund

Valentine Perry Snyder Fund

WellMet Philanthropy


Chinonso Akano, Rhonda Allen, Raquel Alston, Ifeyinwa Anoliefo, Anonymous, Ava Bynum, Susan Bynum, Deborah Chay, Ruth Conner, Tricia Davies, Dennis Derryck, Greg Dolan, Angelique Dorsey, Melody Rollins Downes, Steven & Susie Feldman, Reverend Cathy S. Gilliard, Cristina Gonzalez, Victoria Grant, Ruby Harmon,Dr. Adam Hill, Suwha Hong,  Kerry James, David Jones, Veronica Jones, Amini Kajunju, Patricia J. Kozu, Rana LaPine, Christian Lem, Michele Long, Marsha Modeste, Carol Baldwin Moody, Alisia Moore, James Okaro, Ngozi Okaro, Nnabike Okaro, Amarachi Onouha, Eric Palmer, Christine Pomeranz, Michelle Pryce-Screen, Elaine Reiss, Andrea Rogers, Juliana Rowe, Solade Rowe, Vanna Sin, Denise Slater, Ramona Sunderwirth, Sharona Sankar-King, Laurel Schaffer, Willa Shalit, Vivian Taylor, Owen Traynor, Soo Uhm, Carl Webb, Enrique Godoy Ynzenga, Susan York