Michael Stars stands for more than just a great tee. Early on, our co-founders, Michael Cohen & Suzanne Lerner, recognized that the women and girls buying their clothing were not just customers. In Suzanne’s words, “they are our daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunts – our society’s emotional and economic backbone.” The Michael Stars Foundation was founded in 2005 to support the company’s vision of creating an equal world where women feel confident and empowered to use their voice.
Nearly 15 years later, the Foundation has funded millions of dollars to support grassroots organizations providing critical pathways to equality in the United States and around the world. These pathways include access to mentorship, education, and economic opportunity. Since the introduction of our men’s line in 2014, the Foundation has become more invested in the role men play in solving the gender-based issues that Michael Stars and Suzanne have been supporting for years.
Scroll down to learn more about some of our partner organizations and the work we have done together.
Joyful Heart Foundation
Transforms society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end violence forever. Since 2010, Michael Stars has partnered with Joyful Heart and its founder, actress Mariska Hargitay, on a collection of tees that raise awareness and funds for the organization.
Step Up Women's Foundation
Propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound and career-focused women. Since 2015, Michael Stars and its employees have helped support over 2,220 Los Angeles teens get the mentorship they need to become the next generation of professional women.
Children Mending Hearts
Combats bullying and intolerance by inspiring empathy in children through art and service-learning programs. Over the past three years, Michael Stars has partnered with Children Mending Hearts to help expand their arts education and anti-bullying workshops, reaching over 30,000 students in 1,200 classrooms around the world.
A Call to Men
Educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. On Father’s Day, the Michael Stars team joined A Call to Men in their campaign to inspire healthy manhood around the world. According to Suzanne, ‘healthy manhood means standing side-by-side with women, so that we can all move forward together.’