Wearing what we believe in

Every U.P LBD challenge is conceived as part of a social mission. The 1-Dress challenges are designed to be an online fundraiser for charities that we believe in. Below are the causes we’ve raised funds for thus far through the various 1-Dress challenges.

Akanksha Foundation

A grassroots non-profit founded over 20 years ago devoted to bringing education to slum children. The Indian government spends a rough average of $360 on one child’s public school education, 80% of whom drop out before reaching the 10th grade. Akanksha vows to spend the same amount on every slum child to afford them a better, more holistic education. Akanksha’s alumni have shown a higher success rate than public school kids both in their academic ability as well as their social skills, confidence and agency. Akanksha is now well on its way to bringing about systemic change to the face of education in India.  akanksha.org

charity: water

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.  Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Setting a shining example through their transparency, branding, energy and their 100% model, charity: water gives philanthropy the makeover it desperately needed. They use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need for things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and BioSand filters. charitywater.org

City Harvest

City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. They do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.  City Harvest collects  28 million pounds a year of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. Now serving New York City for more than 25 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. cityharvest.org/

Glimmer of Hope

A Glimmer of Hope is a social venture that helps lift women and children out of extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia. Glimmer developed an entrepreneurial model to provide clean water + schools + health clinics + micro-finance loans, one village at a time. Every dollar donated through Glimmer reaches the people in need. Our endowment covers all operating expenses. Over the last 10 years, Glimmer has improved more than 2.5 million lives. aglimmerofhope.org

Songs For Kids

Songs for Kids Foundation is a non-profit foundation that enriches the lives of children in need through music. We bring musicians year round to hospitals, special needs kids camps, and all places where kids are in need.  Kids can suffer from isolation when dealing with an illness or hardship. These same kids, however, wear big smiles as they sing, play and bang on drums with our artists. songsforkidsfoundation.org

Free the Children

As the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, Free the Children gives young people the tools to affect positive change in the world. There are over one million youth involved in their innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, Free The Children acts to “inspire young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers around the world.”  freethechildren.com

One Laptop Per Child

To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future. laptop.org

Phoenix House

Their national centers are dedicated to providing resources to help people with substance abuse problems get back on track socially, emotionally, and academically. Phoenix House innovations include the Phoenix Academies, residential high schools where teenagers make up education lost to substance abuse. Their prevention and education programs reach into homes and schools, informing parents and counseling more than 30,000 youngsters each year – giving them the tools to positively change their lifestyle. phoenixhouse.org

Our School at Blair Grocery

An independent school and community center providing alternative education to low income youth in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, the area most affected by Hurricane Katrina. Blair Grocery provides  practical education, teaching them how to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing their community, one of the biggest being access to food. The project aims to build a model food economy, one that is replicable, scalable, and translatable, thus achieving food security in New Orleans.  schoolatblairgrocery.blogspot.com


Have a cause you believe in?

Take on a U.P challenge of your own! Since Sheena’s first LBD pledge, U.P has inspired a slew of 1-dress projects around the globe supporting various social causes. If you wish to take on a U.P challenge, let us know and we will feature you on our site and give you access to the global U.P community. Get Involved >