There is only one place that you will find the future of the new creative economy of fashion, tech and innovation flourishing . That place is FIT. And now, you can be an exclusive investor in this future by becoming a member of the FIT Circle, a select group of donors and partners supporting the initiatives that make FIT and its students the driving force of the creative industries and the changemakers that will fuel a new economy.
As an FIT Circle member, you and your organization will provide our students and community with a world-class education that provides immersive learning and experiences. You will offer an opportunity to pave the way for the innovation that will take our economy to a new level.
With your investment, you will enjoy an incredible collection of virtual, hybrid and in-person events that allow you to collaborate, network and expand your brand (both personal and corporate) with some of the most influential leaders in the fashion, tech and innovation spaces.
Just like FIT, the FIT Circle is an unconventional approach to investment, and one that will pay off for you, your company and our future for years to come.
The FIT Social Justice Center (SJC) is the first of its kind in higher education, established to alleviate the systemic problems faced by BIPOC youth, college students, and working professionals. The SJC will be unique in its ability to lead and collaborate with industry partners from the public and private sectors. It will address holistically diverse issues and provide the support needed for BIPOC youth, college students, and professionals throughout the lifecycle of their careers. We can only make the industries that rely on creative thinkers and doers more equitable if we invest in sustained change.
There will be an opportunity for FIT Circle partner recognition on select social justice programming.
FIT Foundation partnered with the Costume Industry Coalition to host a Holiday Auction to raise vital funds to support artisans and business owners as they create and supply costumes for the entertainment industry. Funds raised also went towards providing equitable access to education for FIT students so that they can lead the costume and creative industries forward in the future.
Famous celebrities, musicians and fashion icons from Jennifer Garner to Hugh Jackman to Bernadette Peters donated personal items to support the future of the costume and creative industries. Just some of the items included: a shirt worn by Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, a jacket worn by Bernadette Peters in the 2003 Broadway production of Gypsy, and a shirt worn by Donnie Wahlberg in Blue Bloods Episode 1010.
As the former Creative Director at Vogue, Sally Singer led a series of conversations for the FIT Foundation’s membership group, Friends of FIT.
Sally hosted a virtual series with creative industry experts and icons on topics ranging from the future of the fashion runway to diversity in the beauty industry, to how fashion shapes our current culture.
Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, sat down with FIT alumna, Norma Kamali to discuss her new book, I am Invincible. The two discussed Norma’s journey and her advice for the next generation of female leaders in the creative industries.
Throughout the spring, leading entrepreneurs and industry experts convened virtually to discuss their unique paths to entrepreneurship, navigating and thriving amidst the pandemic, as well as imparting key takeaways for current and future FIT alumni interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Featured FIT alumni included Norma Kamali and Dayna Isom Johnson.
Friends of FIT is an active and engaged membership group that supports the ingenuity, artistry, and innovation of our students and faculty in their journeys to create unconventional solutions to economic, environmental, and human challenges. Members gain exclusive access to curated virtual programs and events that are then broadcasted through our media partnerships.
The FIT Foundation partners with various nonprofit organizations throughout the year to share exciting virtual auctions. Famous celebrities, musicians, and fashion icons will auction off virtual coffees, coveted items from shows and movies, articles worn by celebrated performers, pieces signed by artists themselves, and much more. Auctions help the FIT Foundation support impactful initiatives like the Social Justice Collaborative, the Scholarship Fund, and the Innovation Fund.
Spring Place Community Membership for one year
Logo placement on all communications, assets, and materials
Complimentary table and VIP benefits to the Annual FIT Awards Gala for yourself or organization for up to 10 people
Access to select intimate dinners and events, as well as curated salons and panels.
Opportunity to contribute to and participate in event programming, panel discussions, and fireside chats
Access to select curated salons and panels
Complimentary Friends of FIT membership
To be recognized as a member of the FIT Circle with a gift, please fill out the above form or contact Melanie Copple, Director of Strategic Philanthropy for the FIT Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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