The world has changed and so has our fundraising.


COVID-19 has not stopped our community from coming together.

While in-person events are not possible, we have lived up to the innovative spirit FIT is known by in creating an exciting lineup of events and programs this year. You are invited to support these events by joining the FIT Circle—a select group of donors and partners supporting key FIT initiatives. They help us provide our students, community, and partners with world-class education and hands-on experiences while leading virtual and in-person immersion into the career paths of the future.


As a member of the FIT Circle, you will have exclusive sponsor status across an exciting lineup of events and programs we have planned this year, including:

FIT Entrepreneurship Series
March - May 2021

Throughout this spring, leading entrepreneurs and industry experts will convene 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 will include Norma Kamali and Dayna Isom Johnson.

Women's Council Kick Off Soiree

To celebrate the launch of FIT’s Women’s Council, the FIT Foundation is hosting a virtual kickoff party. The kick off event will feature views from influential hosts’ rooftops, terraces, fire escapes, and the like.

The event will promote hands-on instructionals, covering topics like design and landscaping, experience boxes for ticket holders, and feature prominent women leaders and influencers in the creative industries. Additionally, virtual gathering will offer the opportunity to connect with friends over cocktails and bites, and bring together influential alumni, entrepreneurs, and donors to support the FIT Foundation in building initiatives that empower the women of FIT.

Friends of FIT Virtual Program

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.

Auction Celebrations

The FIT Foundation will partner 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.


Sally Singer Series | Spring 2021

As the former Creative Director at Vogue, Sally Singer will lead a series of conversations for the FIT Foundation’s membership group, Friends of FIT.

Sally will host a three part 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.

This series will launch Spring 2021

Click below for more programming details


Holiday Auction with Costume Industry Coalition

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.

FIT Sustainability Conference and Awards April 13 - 22, 2021

The awards, hosted by model, activist, and social impact entrepreneur Amber Valletta, will honor FIT alumna Stacy Flynn, co-founder and CEO of Evrnu, as well as Eileen Fisher, founder of EILEEN FISHER, Inc., and Abrima Erwiah, co-founder of Studio One Eighty Nine.

This year, we are excited to provide a virtual event that mixes celebration with education and advocacy. FIT’s Sustainability Awards will feature intimate conversations with honorees, sustainable fashion leaders and students designing the future of sustainable materials. Ticket holders for the event will get exclusive access to honorees’ keynotes and virtual tours of their places of work.

Learn more and reserve your spot by clicking below

Dr. Joyce F. Brown in conversation with Norma Kamali | April 9th, 2pm EST

Join us on March 23rd as Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, sits down with FIT alumna, Norma Kamali to discuss her new book, I am Invincible. The two will discuss Norma’s journey and her advice for the next generation of female leaders in the creative industries.

For more information, please email Melanie Copple, Director of Strategic Philanthropy, at

"FIT is committed to lead the creative industries worldwide with socially conscious solutions that leverage innovation and entrepreneurial drive to have a positive impact on the world."

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President, FIT


By joining the FIT Circle today, you will have access to valuable benefits through the upcoming year, such as:


Recognition as a founding member of the FIT Circle

Logo placement on FIT Foundation events from holiday 2020 through summer 2021

• Logo placement on all communications, assets, and materials

Friends of FIT program support

• Recognition as a supporter of the Friends of FIT program
• Access to three individual Friends of FIT memberships

VIP Access for 10 to all FIT Foundation events

• Complimentary VIP ticket level benefits to all FIT Foundation events and programs for yourself or organization for up to 10 people

Programming participation

• Opportunity to contribute to and participate in event programming, panel discussions, and fireside chats


Recognition as a founding member of the FIT Circle

VIP Access for 2 to all FIT Foundation events

• Curated event experiences

Friends of FIT program support

• Complimentary Friends of FIT membership for you and a friend

I'm ready to be a part of FIT Circle

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


Your gift helps the FIT Foundation support impactful initiatives like: the Social Justice Collaborative, Sustainability programs and initiatives, the Scholarship Fund, and the Innovation Fund.
Donors, students, faculty and business partners are collaborating to make a real impact with projects like these:


Individual Contributors

Mona Aboelnaga
Laurence C. Leeds Jr.
Richard Anderman
Robin Burns McNeill
Chris and Kevin Madden
Michael Stanley
Deirdre Quinn
Patrick Klesius


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