Bobbi Brown Shares The Beauty Booty


You’ve heard of Dress For Success, the charity that helps underprivileged women prepare for professional life. When Bobbi Brown heard how DFS was helping women look good, she decided she to kick it up a notch, and make them feel like a million dollars. From

…she heard DFS founder Nancy Lublin speak about how she’d started the charity with the $5,000 her great-grandfather Poppy Max had left her.
An hour later Brown left the venue inspired. She started offering makeovers for women who were getting outfitted by DFS. And recently, as a way to mark her 50th birthday, she ran the group’s 10th-anniversary gala and set a goal of raising $1 million.

She surpassed her goal.

Now, raising a million bucks is a crazy tall order. But the lesson Brown’s experience teaches is one that anyone can apply: There’s a huge difference between having a bunch of charities you support because your friends volunteer there or your company encourages you and having a cause that feels like home.

“When you spread your time and your dollars all over the place,” says Brown, “you don’t really get to see what those dollars mean. When you’re focused, you see that the things you’re doing make a huge difference in people’s lives – and that makes all the difference in the world.”

Make women feel like a million dollars, raise a million dollars. Well done, Bobbi, you give good glam.
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  1. Good on ya, Ms. Brown. DFS is a very worthwhile charity.
    PAWS and the other local animal shelters are deserving as well.

  2. Can Bobbi Brown please do a makeover on the marsupial too?
    Fave charity is the “Sallies.” The only charity which puts virtually all monies raised back into charitable aid, incidentally. Assorted animal charities are also okay.

  3. I like North Shore Animal League because it’s a no-kill shelter.
    Also, Dress for Success is a great idea but I don’t know the closest drop-off location to Baristaville. Can anyone help?
    The Robin Hood Foundation, based in NYC, targets poverty programs based on wherever need is greatest.

  4. Spot-
    Personally, I do not think that the PAWS animals need a makeover of any kind. They’re great just the way they are.

  5. Sounds good, but honestly I think she’s trying to be someone she’s not. Granted I really personally don’t know the woman, but does anyone agree with me that this is a little bit of a publicity stunt? By the way I can’t help but love her makeup, I’m the first one to make fun of her, but yeah the makeup’s damn good. Check out my blog.

  6. Great that she raised a million dollars. But, was this the result of lots of people contributing, or was the $1MM her contribution?

  7. i think that anyone who helps raise a million dollars for a great cause like dress for success deserves a lot of credit.
    i’ve contributed to that group in the past because what they do is admirable, and i also love recycling good, attractive clothing that i no longer wear. i support and honor bobbi’s [and everyone else who helped] efforts and i’m glad barista took the time to let people know about this great group. as for my personal favorite charities? i love toys for tots!

  8. We’ve donated thousands of dollars to DFS and also think it’s a fantastic organization.
    The question was whether Bobbi, who I think is terrific, herself had donated the $1MM or whether she had led an effort to gather the big bucks. Either is certainly commendable.

  9. I read that headline as:
    Bobbi Brown Shares her Booty
    guess I should have my glasses prescription checked

  10. Didn’t Jesus say that charity should go unheralded (or somesuch)? Help me out here, cathar–you’re supposed to be such a religious braniac.

  11. Deuteronomy 15:7-11
    If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the LORD against you, and it become sin among you. You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand. For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.’

  12. For me, I’ve always felt that giving anonymously was best (no tax deduction, but a great feeling).
    Anyway, heres’ what Maimonides had to say:
    Maimonides, in his Mishneh Torah defined the following eight levels of charity, each greater than the next. The eight levels from highest to lowest are:
    Giving a poor person work (or loaning him money to start a business) so he will not have to depend on charity. This is because the person is now free from having to rely on charity. The giver has not merely helped the recipient in the short term, but instead for the rest of her life. There are four sub-levels to this:
    Giving a poor person work.
    Making a partnership with them (this is lower than work, as the recipient might feel he doesn’t put enough into the partnership).
    Giving a loan.
    Giving a gift.
    Giving charity anonymously to an unknown recipient.
    Giving charity anonymously to a known recipient.
    Giving charity publicly to an unknown recipient.
    Giving charity before being asked.
    Giving adequately after being asked.
    Giving willingly, but inadequately.
    Giving unwillingly.
    Source Hilchos Matnos Aniyim 10:1,7-14

  13. Well, giving for any reason is still better than not giving at all but I’m with Maimionides on this one. I prefer anonymous givers over those who have an innate need to crow about everything good they do. You should do good because it’s the right thing to do, not because of some reward in this life and/or the hereafter.

  14. Agreed, Cathar, Salvation Army gets the lion’s share of my contribution. They serve the needy all year around, not just Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also, my sons and their friends shopped at their Sallie boutiques while in college.
    And I do have to say that one self-defeating aspect of anonymous giving is that you feel so damn good about yourself!

  15. Miss Marta:
    I think the reason that this donation wasn’t anonymous is because she was hoping to raise additional funds from friends, family and other donors, and knows her name is attractive. It’s the same philosophy behind celebrities and athletes setting up foundations in their names, and less of an ego thing.

  16. I find this criticism ridiculous, frankly.
    Miss Martta, et al. When YOU raise a million bucks for a charity, then you can worry about the souls of other charity boosters.

  17. I don’t think it matters (from a humanitarian perspective anyway) how much one raises/gives. It’s that they do it at all. To someone on a fixed income, $50 may be a lot of money. It’s all relative. That doesn’t mean that the person who gives $50 to a charity is a lesser human being than one who can afford to give $1 million. To compare the two is unfair.

  18. To compare the 2 givers would be unfair indeed, but to compare the effect of their giving would be quite easily done.
    $50 would be 0.00005 times as effective as $1,000,000.
    However, finding “fault” with the charatible activities of others is always free and of no use whatsoever.

  19. How the money is spent has some relation to its effect. A million bucks to the ROC Fund wouldn’t be as effective in making the world a better place as the same amount given to, say, the Walleroo Summer Vacation Fund.
    Do we know how this million bucks of Bobby’s is going to be spent? Is it going to makeup for the needy? I don’t think that would rank very high on Maimonides’ scale, unless it’s to prepare them for a job interview.

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