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. 

OTHER WAYS to help us empower women

Ngozi Okaro selecting fabric for the training program

In-kind donations

  • Donate dress forms, fabric and sewing machines.


  • 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 training program participants

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 low-income 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 Women's Foundation

Valentine Perry Snyder Fund


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, Andrea Rogers, Vanna Sin, Denise Slater, Ramona Sunderwirth, Elaine Reiss, Juliana Rowe, Solade Rowe, Sharona Sankar-King, Laurel Schaffer, Willa Shalit, Vivian Taylor, Soo Uhm, Enrique Godoy Ynzenga, Carl Webb, Susan York