Michael Stars Foundation
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.
Over 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.
The United States Constitution still does not declare that women have equal rights. The Michael Stars Foundation is collaborating with The Fund for Women's Equality (FFWE) to support their work increasing public understanding of the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, ensuring constitutional equity and comprehensive, fair and equal treatment of women and girls under the law.
Take The Lead is driven by the vision of women and men holding fair and equal shares of top leadership positions.
They provide breakthrough training, mentoring, coaching and the actionable "9 Leadership Power Tools" to women all over the country. Through their work, they propel women to higher intentions and help them implement their goals.
We partnered with them on a very special tee with $25,000 of proceeds going to support their work to ensure gender equity in the workforce.
We collaborated with the Ms. Foundation for Women on a
very special tee that will benefit their work building women’s collective power to advance equity and justice for all with $10,000 of its sales.
Ms. Foundation supports community-based organizations that fight for equal pay for equal work, affordable reproductive healthcare and housing, child care and parental leave, and much more for all women — especially women of color.
One in five people faces food insecurity here in Los Angeles. So this holiday, we were able to feed 40,000 meals to those in need via the LA Regional Food Bank.
With Coronavirus disproportionately impacting lower-income communities and changes to school and work schedules, the LA Regional Food Bank is distributing food and other essentials to children, seniors, and families across the county.
We collaborated with Gloria Steinem back in December 2019 on a collection of limited-edition tees, scrunchies & masks meant to inspire conversation and action. We put the pause on it due to the pandemic, but are so excited to finally share #TheTeeInVote with you — its important message is even MORE pertinent now!
$50,000 of sales will benefit incredible grassroots organizations, led by women of color, working to increase voter registration and turnout, ensuring ALL voices are heard during this critical election: Black Voters Matter, Voto Latino and March On.
The Poor People’s Campaign is a grassroots organization led by Reverend William J. Barber. Having first been organized by Martin Luther King Jr., The Poor People’s Campaign is a national call for moral revival.
Their goal is to wake the nation to the injustices facing the 140 million poor and low-income people in America — 43% of the country. We were able to provide their organization with a $10,000 grant to continue their work.
Justice for Migrant Women — along with Hispanics in Philanthropy — launched a COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund to provide emergency aid to the hard-hit farmworker community. We contributed a $10,000 grant that provided food, diapers, rent assistance, and emergency relief to the at-risk workers whose labor brings food to our tables across the nation.
FreeFrom creates pathways to financial security and long-term safety for survivors of gender-based violence. As cases of domestic abuse skyrocketed during stay-at-home orders, the organization set up a COVID-19 Safety Fund that provided $250 cash grants directly into the hands of those who need it to stay safe and pay for basic needs. Michael Stars, with your help, was able to donate $10,000 towards the cause.
One Fair Wage launched an emergency fund to support service workers affected by the Coronavirus and economic downturn. We provided a $10,000 grant to their fund which in turn provided free cash assistance to restaurant staff, delivery drivers, and other tipped workers who were already struggling financially and bearing the brunt of this crisis.
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.
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.’