frequently asked questions


Click on the links below to find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

what teens need to know


When and where are The Princess Project Los Angeles public giveaways?

The Princess Project Los Angeles holds public giveaway events and special programs each spring in preparation for prom season, usually in March and April. To receive regular updates on our annual giveaways — including dates, times, and location — as well as our other events, register for our newsletter on the main page. You can get back to the main page at any time by clicking on The Princess Project logo.

How do I sign up to attend a public giveaway?

In January of each year, we will post our Giveaway Sign-up form on our events page. The best way to stay informed of all of our LA events is to sign up for our newsletter on our main page.

Are formal wear and accessories really free?

Yes, everything is available to you at no charge. The Princess Project Los Angeles receives new and nearly new formal wear and accessories and brand new shoes from individual donors, through formal wear drives, and from companies, organizations, retailers and designers for Los Angeles teens to receive free of charge.

I want a pant suit, a suit or a tuxedo. Don’t you just giveaway dresses?

In Los Angeles, we don’t just support one gender and we don’t just give away dresses. Our giveaways and special programs are a gender-inclusive environment which means however you identify gender-wise, if you want a dress, we have a dress. If you want a pant suit, we have pant suits. If you want a suit and tie, we have those as well. And if you want a tuxedo, we have some tuxedos in stock and an amazing deal with Men’s Warehouse and we will get you in a tux! We’re here to give you the formal wear YOU desire, not the formal wear society or others might try to dictate that you “should” wear.

What do you mean by gender-inclusive?

We define gender-inclusive as open to everyone, and not limited to certain people. From a gender standpoint, this means that we, at The Princess Project Los Angeles, welcome everyone, of all gender identities and/or expressions and do not seek to limit anyone’s experience based on gender assumptions or forced gender identity, whether they are finding formal wear through The Princess Project Los Angeles or volunteering.

Why aren’t there shoes and other items for prom at your public giveaways?

The Princess Project Los Angeles holds public giveaways during prom season that provide formal wear and accessories to as many teens as we can serve. However, we also have special programs that work directly with some of our special populations here in Los Angeles that provide more than the formal wear and accessories. For more information on our special programs and the teens we serve, please see our programs page. If you or your organization want to be considered for a special program, please contact us.

I don’t live near the giveaway site. Where can I find formal wear?

Los Angeles is huge, approximately 4700 square miles. Our goal each year is to host our giveaways and special programs as close to the center of Los Angeles as possible and as close to the bus and metro lines as possible. That said, we know it can be difficult to get to our giveaways from some areas of LA. Visit the Love to Know website to find out where to get formal wear both within the greater Los Angeles area that may be closer to you and outside of the Los Angeles area, too. And stay tuned… as The Princess Project Los Angeles grows, we hope to offer giveaway pop-ups in regions like Antelope Valley, the Gateway Cities and other regions of LA in the years to come. Go to our main page and sign up for our quarterly newsletter to stay informed of our events and our growth!

what sponsors, partners and donors need to know


May I make a tax-deductible cash donation to The Princess Project Los Angeles?

Yes! The Princess Project Los Angeles cannot run on taffeta and tuxedos alone and the success of our giveaways and programs is due to the generosity of people just like you. We are a 100% volunteer-run effort, and all donations go directly to the teens we serve. Your donation may help pay for clothing racks, dry cleaning, publicity materials, dresses sizes 0-2 or size 18+, tuxedos, suits, additional apparel, prom tickets and flowers for those teens we serve who are the most at need including homeless teens and McKinney-Vento teens. Go to our donate page to see how to donate.

How much does it cost to send a teen to prom in Los Angeles?

According to this 2013 LA Times article prom can cost anywhere from $1,139 and up here in LA county. It costs The Princess Project Los Angeles an average of $25 to provide a dress or pant suit, and accessories to a teen. To outfit a teen in a tuxedo or suit costs $60 per teen. Full prom packages, even with the generous donations of our sponsors, averages to $150 per teen, not including the prom ticket. Prom tickets, which are separate from our prom packages, average at $125 per teen in Los Angeles. Providing an entire prom evening to a teen including formal wear, shoes, accessories, flowers, and prom ticket costs an average of $275 per teen. Your donations, including cash donations, allow The Princess Project Los Angeles to provide these items and services to the youth of Los Angeles over multiple weekends in March and April each year in time for their prom. Please go to our donate page if you’d like to help.

What garment donations are best for The Princess Project Los Angeles?

We need and accept prom dresses, formal gowns, quinceañera dresses, fancy party dresses, tuxedos, suits, collared, long sleeve shirts, pant suits and accessories including ties, cummerbunds, cufflinks, jewelry, etc. All garments must be in new or nearly new condition, cleaned and on hangers, and purchased within the last five years. The rule of thumb is, if you won’t wear it tomorrow, please don’t donate it today.

I am a retailer/corporation/organization looking to make a large in-kind donation. How do I proceed?

If you represent a business seeking to make a major in-kind dress or accessory donation, please contact us for information.

How do I organize a formalwear drive?

Organize friends, colleagues or your volunteer group to gather their formalwear and accessories to breath new life into them and pass them along to The Princess Project and Los Angeles high school teens. Each year, we post a Do-It-Yourself Formalwear Drive Kit on our site during our event season. It outlines how to collect formalwear and accessories for The Princess Project Los Angeles. Click here to download our kit. If you have any questions, please contact us!

I am not affiliated with a high school or teen organization. May I still organize a formal wear drive?

Absolutely! Our Do-It-Yourself Formalwear Drive Kit can be used by any individual or organization. We are happy to work with anyone who wants to host a formalwear drive for The Princess Project Los Angeles.

I would like to host a fundraising event for The Princess Project Los Angeles. What do I need to do?

We welcome anyone who would like to host a fundraising event for us. 42% of Los Angelenos lives at or below the poverty line. That does not account for our homeless and many of our at-risk teens. To serve the increasing needs of our teens in the LA area, we need our greater LA community to come together and help us. Please contact us!

What is the difference between a sponsor, a donor and a partner as defined by The Princess Project Los Angeles?

Our sponsors include financial or in-kind goods donated to The Princess Project Los Angeles (TPPLA) in return for TPPLA marketing and public relations through our social media sites and at our events. The strategy is to build a link in the target audience’s mind between the sponsor and TPPLA to drive additional awareness of and business to our sponsors. Philanthropic financial and in-kind donors support our cause and receive a tax receipt as their are no benefits or public recognition of their gift(s). The Princess Project Los Angeles’ defines our partners as high schools, teen organizations, other non-profits, etc. who are working in Los Angeles to benefit the lives of the kids in our community and whose purpose and mission align with The Princess Project Los Angeles’. For more information on how to sponsor The Princess Project Los Angeles, please go to our sponsors page. To donate, please go to our donate page. To learn more about our partners, please see our programs page.

what organizations need to know


What types of organizations can help, sponsor and/or partner with The Princess Project Los Angeles?

The Princess Project Los Angeles welcomes all organizations who wish to support our mission. High schools, youth organizations, youth programs, sororities and fraternities, other non-profits, civic groups and companies can run formal wear drives and fundraisers that will directly benefit the teens we serve in the greater Los Angeles area. The more formal wear donated and funds raised, the faster we can grow and reach more teenagers each year. We welcome sponsorship from designers, retailers, public relations firms, media companies, event companies, florists, and other businesses in the LA area. It takes a village to meet the needs and we welcome contributions from our LA village. Please contact us or check out our donate page for more information.

How do we organize a formal wear drive for The Princess Project Los Angeles?

Organize friends, colleagues or your volunteer group to gather formalwear and accessories to breath new life into them and pass them along to The Princess Project and Los Angeles high school teens. Each year, we post a Do-It-Yourself Formalwear Drive Kit on our site during our event season. It outlines how to collect formalwear and accessories for The Princess Project Los Angeles. Click here to download our kit. If you have any questions, please contact us!

How do we sign our teens up to attend public giveaways?

In January of each year, we will post our Giveaway Sign-up form on our events page. The best way to stay informed of all of our LA events is to sign up for our newsletter on our main page.

How do we schedule an advance appointment for a group of teens?

If you want to sign up a group of teens either for a special program, please contact us. If you want to sign up a group of teens to try-on formalwear at our public giveaways, please go to our event page and sign up via our Sign-up form.

We want to organize a special program with you. What are our next steps?

Please contact us to request a meeting to discuss your programs needs. We accept special program requests all year; however, we usually determine which special programs we can suport in August of the prior year at our planning and strategy meeting. We always try to help where we can so contact us as soon as possible no matter the time of year and we will see how we can accommodate.

What teens do you serve outside of the teens who attend your public giveaways?

We were so fortunate to partner with the California Miss Amazing Pageant and Violence Intervention Program for our 2016-2017 fiscal year. This year we continue that partnership and have added My Friend’s Place and cannot wait to volunteer to assist with their annual prom. Please go to our partners page to learn more about these amazing organizations.

How can my organization partner with The Princess Project Los Angeles?

Please contact us to request a meeting to discuss your programs needs. We accept special program requests all year; however, we usually determine which special programs we can suport in August of the prior year at our planning and strategy meeting. We always try to help where we can so contact us as soon as possible no matter the time of year and we will see how we can accommodate.

How can my organization benefit from partnering with The Princess Project Los Angeles?

Each partnership is different depending on the needs of the organization. When we first review a partnership or special program request, we work closely with the organization to determine the needs, be it just dresses, all types of formalwear, full prom packages, volunteering at pageants, helping to throw a prom, etc. We educate ourselves on the organizations we partner with and provide social media support for their initiatives and programs ongoing. It takes all of us working together to meet the needs of our LA community.

what volunteers need to know


Do you need volunteers?

Absolutely, volunteers are key to the success of The Princess Project. Between our leadership board, committee members, special progams, fundraising and donation events and public giveaways, we need the assistance of over 500 volunteers to help reach thousands of high school teens and make their dream prom become a reality. Learn more and sign up to be a volunteer in the volunteer section of our site.

What kind of volunteers do you need?

We need volunteers on our leadership board, in our committees and at our events. Depending on the time you have and the commitment level you can give, we have a role for anyone wanting to work with The Princess Project Los Angeles in support of our mission and goals.

What kind of commitment does The Princess Project Los Angeles expect from its volunteers?

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What is the process to apply for an Executive Board position?

Our recruitment and selection process for our Executive Board is a little laborious but so worth it if you wish to contribute to the strategy, planning and ongoing sustainability. Typically your process starts when you indicate interest in a particular Executive Board position.
We will contact you and provide you the qualifications and details of the role and its responsibilities and set up a call. After the call, we ask for you to submit an application, your resume and references. If everything checks out,
we will schedule interviews with our current Executive Board members. You will be notified upon selection. For more information or to start the process, go to our volunteer page.

How do I apply for a Leadership Board position?

You may apply for a leadership position on the Board after serving as a committee member for a minimum of one year. Some individuals may be asked by the Executive Board or current Leadership Board to apply for a position on our Leadership Board as a Committee Chair as well. For more information or to start the process, go to our volunteer page.

How do I sign up for a committee?

We have a number of committees and need committee members. If you are interested in Site and Staging (interior decorating) for our events, fundraising, PR and marketing, dresses, tuxedos, suits and associated apparel, accessories and shoes or swag bags, hair and makeup, we have a committee for you! For more information or to sign up for a committee, go to our volunteer page and click on the Committee Member Volunteer Form.

How do I apply as a Specialized Volunteer?

We have the need for different specialized volunteer roles including, but not limited to, graphic design, webmaster, public relations, social media expert, hair stylists, and makeup artists. For more information on the roles we need to fill and to access our form, go to our volunteer page and click on our Specialized Volunteer Sign-up Form. Please note that some positions require submission of a portfolio and/or resume.

What if I just want to volunteer at particular events like public giveaways, fundraising events, or special program events?

Perfect! We need event volunteers for our fundraising and drop off events, special programs and giveaways. Please go to our volunteer page and click on our Events Volunteer Sign-up form.

What is a Regional Chair?

Our Regional Chairs are boots on the ground contacts for our high schools, community organizations and individual dress, tuxedo, new shoes and/or accessories donors in their region. You are the face and presence of The Princess Project Los Angeles in your region. Los Angeles is 4700 square miles divided into eighteen regions. For more information and/or to sign up, please go to our volunteer page.

How do I start a similar dress giveaway project in my community?

The Princess Project is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and retains all rights to its name and logo. We do, however, welcome your inquiry to start new Princess Project chapters in your community. For more information, please contact the corporate board of directors.