Junior League of San Francisco
to Discontinue Annual Fashion Show
The Junior League of San Francisco (JLSF) board of directors recently voted to discontinue its annual Fashion Show in its current format. During the past 89 years the annual JLSF Fashion Show has been a valuable tradition in establishing the organization in community philanthropy, leadership development and volunteerism. However, in the past three years, the event has not generated the same level of revenue due to three major factors: increased production costs without a major underwriting sponsor, marketplace competition from similar events, and shifting interests by current members to be more hands-on in community philanthropy and volunteer programs.
"This was a difficult decision given the event’s history in our organization and the community," said Jennifer Kurrie, President of JLSF. "While the current business model for the annual Fashion Show would be challenging to sustain, we are excited about new opportunities to position JLSF for the future." JLSF is currently working on a long term philanthropy plan to support its programs including the Community Impact Programs and Enabling Funds Grants.
JLSF will establish a task force for a special event to celebrate its community philanthropy, including the contributions of the Fashion Show over the years. Current or former members interested in serving on the task force may contact email@example.com.
Since its inception in 1911, the JLSF has provided the community with an estimated six million volunteer hours and more than $24 million through direct community grants, advocacy, and membership training and development.
As a problem surfaces within the community, the JLSF is frequently the first organization to recognize and address the issue, providing volunteer energy, financial assistance, and public support. Often in collaboration with other community groups and/or the public sector, the JLSF designs and launches a program, then works to achieve community impact and measurable results.