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This month's cause: Supporting Anti-Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Youth
We're here to help you make a difference. The t-shirts sold on Ink to the People mean more than just a t-shirt sale - they mean support for sick or injured friends and family, rescue animals and shelters and a slew of other causes that are close to your heart.
We've created an infographic to help illustrate just what the money raised by our t-shirt sellers means to their communities and supporters. Take a look!
We're honored to work with the countless people who have contributed to helping others and making a difference, one t-shirt at a time.
As the days of summer dwindle and parents gear up (and can’t wait?) for the kids to head back to school, it seems that fundraising for a variety of school related needs always seem to follow close behind.
No matter the age - elementary, middle school or high school - there’s always a need to raise funds. Instead of some of the standard school fundraiser options such as wrapping paper or subscription sales, food sales or car washes, a t-shirt and apparel sale is a creative alternative for raising dollars for school needs.
Need some idea starters? Here are just a few ways in which schools can use a t-shirt sale to raise funds:
1. Class, Team and Club T-Shirts - Raise money for a class trip, for new sports or band equipment, to pay for an entry fee in a competition or cover costs for a drama production, and more.
2. School Fundraisers - An all-school fundraiser to help keep overall school costs down.
3. Class Projects - Whether the art class is working on a graphic design or apparel segment or the economics class is learning about supply, demand and marketing, there are plenty of lessons to be learned from a t-shirt sale project.
4. Field Trips - Raise funds to cover the cost of a trip, or simply have all the kids wear the same shirt or sweatshirt so that chaperones know who is in the group at the next field trip to the zoo.
5. Doing Good - Perhaps your child decides to raise money to help an organization or a person in need as part of a project, or a fellow student or their family is going through a tough time.
How would a t-shirt sale help raise funds for your school community? We’d love to see your designs and see how you rally your school. And remember to share your sale with your community - the more people that know about it, the more you’ll succeed!
Find more inspiration on Ink to the People's School Days Pinterest Board.
Need help? We’re here to help your sale succeed. Give us a call (888-862-2775) or send us an email to learn more and to have your questions answered.
How our Giving Back Program works: Each month, INK donates 10¢ of every single shirt that is sold through the site toward a monthly featured cause. Since October 2013, we have donated over $5,500.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.
This month's cause: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
As we enter August and savor the last days of summer before the kids go back to school, we're giving back to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.
Here's a little bit about the Boys & Girls Club:
Children have been coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee since 1887, when Annabell Cook Whitcomb transformed two basement rooms at Plymouth Church in downtown Milwaukee into a Club for boys.
Today, they are the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in the city. Everyday, thousands of Milwaukee's most disadvantaged youth stream through their doors and meet positive role models, feel safe and secure, and participate in life-changing programming.
Their mission is simple: to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need them most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
For more information about the organization, please visit boysgirlsclubs.org.
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In May, the Wisconsin Humane Society ran a t-shirt campaign to raise money to support their organization. Their campaign raised $3,199 with the sale of 237 shirts which far exceeded their expectations of their 15 t-shirt goal.
But what does that mean to them? The funds raised through the t-shirt sale will supply microchips to over 255 animals at the Wisconsin Human Society shelter and will pay for 30 spay or neuter surgeries for both dogs and cats. All animals in their adoption program are spayed or neutered and receive microchips with their new owner's information when they're adopted.
How did they do it?
> We worked together on creating a great looking t-shirt design that spoke to their pet adoption audience.
> Wisconsin Humane Society then consistently engaged their Facebook fans, Twitter followers and community members throughout the span of the t-shirt campaign.
> They followed up the campaign with photos and posts of the t-shirt in production and on buyers.
Need help with your design or campaign? We're here to help. Get in touch via email or by giving us a call (888-862-2775)!
Tell the story behind the shirt. Why are you raising money? Write a description for the shirt, right on the sale page, as well as post it to social media, or even create a dedicated Facebook page or group as your hub for communication.
Be the first to buy. If you don't stand behind your design or cause, can you expect others to do the same?
Don't just share it once. Keep your community (online, email, etc.) informed as your fundraising progresses. Take them along on your journey.
Thank your buyers. Be it in person, through a social media post or in an email. Recognize their generosity.
Show off the shirt once you receive it and encourage your buyers to do the same through sharing photos of themselves wearing the t-shirt on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. This will help create even more visibility and awareness for your cause.
There are plenty of great ways to take your buyers along on your journey. We’ll continue to share tips along the way. If you’d like them sent directly to you, subscribe to our email newsletter!
How our Giving Back Program works: Each month, INK donates 10¢ of every single shirt that is sold through the site toward a monthly featured cause. Since October 2013, we have donated over $5,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.
This month's cause: The Urban Ecology Center
Update: The numbers are in. We have raised $500.00 for Urban Ecology Center!
July, among other important causes, celebrates our Country’s National Parks and Recreation so in honor of that, we are giving back to the Urban Ecology Center.
From the Urban Ecology Center’s website:
At the Urban Ecology Center’s three locations the wonders of nature bring curious people together. Our programs bring our city’s children and families into nature and as a result our urban parks are safe to visit, our kids are learning what they need to know to succeed, and adults keep on learning about how our changing world around us works.
The Urban Ecology Center provides year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages. The cornerstone program is the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project serving kids in more than 44 urban Milwaukee schools each year. This program enables students to get to walk in the woods, stand in a river in hip waders or run along the beach at Lake Michigan when they might have no other opportunities to do so.
The school program is complemented by after school programs, summer camps and weekend activities designed to involve, inspire, educate and connect kids to each other, to caring mentors and to the natural world.
Additionally, children and families can participate in:
> Urban Adventures
> Weekend youth and family programs
> High School Outdoor Leaders
> Adult summer internship programs
> Citizen Science research projects
> Volunteer activities
We are honored to help support the Urban Ecology Center.
For more information about the organization, please visit urbanecologycenter.org.