Michael Stars set out to create the perfect tee, but early on, its founders recognized that the women and girls who bought their clothing were not just customers. Michael Stars’ President, Suzanne Lerner, describes them as “our daughters, sisters, mothers and aunts. They’re our emotional and economic backbones.” Recognizing the importance of those core beliefs, the Michael Stars Foundation was created in 2005.

Over ten years later, the foundation has funded millions of dollars to support organizations that tackle some of the most pressing challenges women and girls face today. Our focus areas include gender-based violence, leadership development and mentorship, and global education with an emphasis on the arts and skills-based learning.

Since the introduction of our men’s line in 2014, we’ve become more invested in the role men play in helping to solve the gender-based issues Michael Stars has been supporting for years. We believe it is vital to engage and educate men in creating a better world for our daughters and sons, our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, and ultimately ourselves.

Step Up Women’s Network

Propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound and career-focused women


  • Joyful Heart Foundation

    Its mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever

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Children Mending Hearts

Empowers disadvantaged youth through educational and arts programs that build empathy and global citizenry

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  • A Call to Men

    Shifts social norms that define manhood in our culture and create a world where women and girls are valued and safe

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