Frequently Asked Questions
The Princess Project serves San Diego area high school girls who might not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress and accessories. Each girl determines her own financial need.
What Girls Need to Know:
When and where is The Princess Project?
The Princess Project holds its Giveaway Events each spring in preparation for prom season, usually in March or April. To receive regular updates on our annual giveaway—including dates, times, and location—register for our newsletter.
Are the dresses and accessories really free?
Everything is really free! The Princess Project receives new and nearly new dresses and accessories from women, teens, and companies from across San Diego – all intended for San Diego area high school girls to receive free of charge.
I don’t live near the giveaway sites. Where can I find a dress?
Visit the Events Near You to find out where to get a prom dress outside of the San Diego.
What Donors Need to Know:
Can I make a tax-deductible cash donation to The Princess Project?
Yes! The incredible success of The Princess Project is due to the generosity of people just like you. We are a 100% volunteer-run effort, and all gifts go toward The Princess Project Dress Giveaway events. Your donation may help pay for racks, dry cleaning, publicity materials or dresses sizes 0-2 or size 18+. Our EIN is 20-1392257.
Donate now at Just Give and write in “San Diego” for how you want your donation to be used. Please send checks or written inquiries to:
The Princess Project San Diego
P.O. Box 600761
San Diego, CA 92160-0761
Thank you! You will receive a thank you letter shortly after making your donation, acknowledging receipt of your contribution for tax accounting purposes.
What garments donations are best for The Princess Project?
Dress drives are happening now in San Diego! Following are the locations near you accepting dresses and accessories year-round. We accept new or nearly new formal gowns and accessories in EXCELLENT condition (including purses, jewelry, shawls and wraps) appropriate for high school girls to wear to prom. Find out more details on our Dress Donation Guidelines page.
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 dress drive?
Organize friends, colleagues or your volunteer group to gather their gorgeous gowns and sparkling tiaras to breath new life into them and pass them along to The Princess Project and Bay Area high school girls. Each year, we post a Do-It-Yourself Donation Drive Kit on our site during our event season. It outlines how to collect dresses and accessories for The Princess Project. Click here for more information.
What Volunteers Need to Know:
Do you need volunteers?
Absolutely, volunteers are key to the success of The Princess Project. Through our Dress Giveaway events and boutique nights, over 600 volunteers help reach thousands of high school teens making their dream prom become a reality. Learn more in the Volunteer section of our site.
How do I start a similar dress giveaway project in my community?
The Princess Project is incorporated 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 us.