Originally started as a for-profit business in 2012, Brides for a Cause recycles wedding dresses for charity. To date, the organization has raised almost $400,000 for charity.

The owner of Brides for a Cause, Erin Scharf, recently launched Brides Foundation, a national grant-making foundation dedicated to supporting women-focused charities. The funds raised from Brides for a Cause will be distributed through its own grant-making foundation to various women-focused charities.