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.


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.

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Actress and Founder of Joyful Heart Foundation, Mariska Hargitay, pictured with celebrity supporters in their Michael Stars & JHF collection tees

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.

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Step Up teens at the Michael Stars Headquarters in Hawthorne, CA

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.

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Co-Founder, Suzanne Lerner, at the 2018 Children Mending Hearts ‘Empathy Rocks’ gala

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.

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Co-Founder & A Call to Men Board Member, Suzanne Lerner, with Michael Stars staff

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.’

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