Calling all Designers: Design for Good

Sep 23, 2014

We are honored to have helped raise over $1,450,000 for important charities by selling t-shirts. We're proud of what we've done but want to do much more and we need your help. 

Calling all designers and illustrators who want to do good by designing for good. Make your creativity count.

We're looking for designers and illustrators who are great at what they do, have a cause (or several) that's close to their heart and interested in making a difference with us.

Here's how our Design for Good program works:

 

Design for good program. Create designs and illustrations for good causes.You choose a non-profit category you're passionate about. Maybe you care about women's health, the environment or animal welfare. We want you to care so your design reflects your passion.

 

Design for Good Program. How it works.Then you design a t-shirt that "speaks" to that category. You're not restricted by brand guidelines and won't be held back by having to incorporate logos. You get to be as creative as you can be while designing a killer concept that will support fundraising for a non-profit category of your choice.
 

Design for Good Program: Create design and illustrations for t-shirts for a cause important to you.Next you submit your design and upon completion of registration and approval of each unique design, Ink to the People will advance you $50 against royalties on future sales. Ink reserves the right to your design for 6 months upon approval. There's no restriction to the number of designs you can submit, but we can't guarantee all of them will be approved.  

Finally, we post the shirt for sale in our soon-to-be re-launched e-commerce retail store. You'll be paid $1.00 per shirt sold beyond the first 50.

Got a bright idea for a cause or charity related t-shirt? Calling all designers and illustrators.


You will also be able to create a profile on our site telling site visitors all about you and your interests. This page will showcase all of your current designs for sale and you can even link to a personal site to help build up a fan-base.

If this sounds interesting to you or a designer or illustrator you know, we'd love to hear from you. Drop us an email (hello [at] inktothepeople.com) or give us a call (888-862-2775) with a little bit about you and include a link to some of your design work.

Or feel free to simply reach out if you have questions.

 

 

 

Design for Good: Stop Bullying

Sep 17, 2014
While most kids aren’t exactly thrilled to be going back to homework, tests and sitting in class as the school year starts, for some kids the biggest fears lie in the hallways or on social media where other kids are harassing them. With more exposure on the topic, parents and kids are more aware of the issue but bullying is still happening much too frequently.
 
 
Whether you’re a parent, sibling, teacher or entire school that has had to deal with bullying issues, there are plenty of organizations out there that can provide resources and tools to help work through the problems. 
 
Design Inspiration for ideas to Stop Bullying
 
Rallying together to raise money for an organization that helps create safe school environments is a great reason to design a t-shirt and rally together as a team. The design could even be a school project!
 
 
Need some idea starters? Take a look at our Safe Schools Pinterest Board for inspiration. If you need additional design help, we’re here for you - give us a shout (888-862-2775) or drop a note. We can even suggest a few great anti-bullying organizations with which to work. 
 
Just the way you are | design inspiration to help stop bullying tshirts

Milwaukee Film Festival 2014 :: Advanced Style

Sep 08, 2014
We are proud to be a part of this year's Milwaukee Film Festival as a Community Partner. We are sponsoring the film, Advanced Style, which explores the fashion sense of 7 memorable women between ages 62-95. Fashion and creativity takes form at any age and we're excited to be showcasing this film!  
 
Watch the trailer:
 
 

And here's a little bit more about the film:
 
(USA / 2014 / Lina Plioplyte)
 
Following seven memorable women whose fashion sense is as advanced as their age, Lina Plioplyte captures these woment (with ages ranging from 62-95) in all of their eclectic glory. Each segment bursts with color and style to spare, capturing the independent spirit embodied by women who refuse to abide by our cultural standards of aging and beauty, remaining vital while challenging preconceived notions with each remarkable ensemble. Culled from New York street photographer Ari Seth Cohen's blog of the same name. Advanced Style is an exercise in self-expression, proving that growing old doesn't have to mean growing dull.
 
If you're in the Milwaukee area, you can see the documentary during the film festival on the following dates and times:
 
- Sunday, October 5 at 4:00 PM at Landmark Oriental Theatre
- Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM at Fox-Bay Theater.
 
Advanced Style for Milwaukee Film Festival 2014 | Community Partner
 
If you are not in our area, check out the Advanced Style Film website for screening information near you.

About the Milwaukee Film and the Festival:

 
Mission: Film can entertain, educate, and empower. It can bring change on levels both intimate and epic. And it's at its best as a communal viewing experience, with the best possible sound and projection. As a nonprofit cultural institution, Milwaukee Film has made it their mission to communicate all of this to the city they love, in a way that is both true and unique to Milwaukee.
 
Vision: To create a film festival in Milwaukee that is locally beloved, internationally acclaimed, and a true forum for Milwaukee Film's diverse community; to offer year-round education programs for all ages, teaching the role and power of film in the modern media landscape; to provide strategic support to filmmakers and projects; and to do our part to make better the city that has made them better.
 

September 2014 Giving Back: Safe Schools for All

Sep 02, 2014
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 $6,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

 

This month's cause: Supporting Anti-Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Youth

Giving Back to a top organization that works to provide safe schools for all students - Gay or Straight.

The start of another school year isn't necessarily a highly anticipated event for many students, especially for those that may be considered different by their peers because of their sexual orientation.
 
This month, we're giving back to an organization that works hard to ensure a safe and supportive school environment for all students whether they're gay or straight. We've designed a limited edition t-shirt, that will go on sale next week, to help support one of the top organizations dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.
 
While in recent years there has been a slight decline in hateful language, bullying and lgbt victimization, overall harrassment remains high. 
Accept and Respect t-shirt to support anti-bullying for all students - gay or straight.
 
Here are a few key findings from one in-depth study:
 
> 6 in 10 LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at a school because of their sexual orientation; 4 in 10 reported feeling unsafe at a school because of how they expressed their gender.
 
> Sexual orientation and gender expression were the most common reasons LGBT students were harassed or assaulted at school.
 
> LGBT students reported most commonly avoiding school bathrooms and locker rooms because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable in those spaces.
 
> Less than half of LGBT students attended a school that had a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or similar student clubs that addressed LGBT issues in education.
 
Proceeds of our limited edition t-shirt sale will go to the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. They are dedicated to ensuring that every member of every school community is valued, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This organization works hard to ensure that LGBT students are free from bullying and harassment and have the support they need to safely learn and grow. Learn more...
 
Help us as we support the fight to stop bullying. Our exclusive t-shirt will go on sale on Friday, September 12th.
Sign up to receive a reminder email when the t-shirt goes on sale. 
 

Infographic: More than just a T-Shirt

Aug 18, 2014

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! 

Infographic | More than just a t-shirt by InktothePeople.com

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.

Back to School They Go!

Aug 14, 2014

The World is our Classroom | Back to School Inspiration

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.

Back to School T-Shirt Ideas and Inspiration

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!

It's Back to School They Go

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.

August 2014 Giving Back: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

Aug 07, 2014

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

Giving Back Program | August recipient is the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwuakee

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.

Wisconsin Humane Society leaves its Pawprint

Jul 30, 2014

UPDATE as of 09/10/14! If you are interested in being notified if this shirt or one like it become available again, sign-up to receive an email notification here.

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.

Wisconsin Humane Society's T-Shirt Campaign Raised $3,199


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.

The Road to Happiness is Paved with Pawprints T-Shirt Design | Wisconsin Humane Society

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)!

 

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5 Tips for T-Shirt Sale Success

Jul 21, 2014
5 Tips for T-Shirt Sale Fundraising Success
 
Asking supporters for money can often be difficult and awkward, but you'd be surprised how generous your community will be if you bring them along on your journey. Follow these tips to help your t-shirt campaign see even more success!


Success Tip for T-Shirt Sales Number 1Tell 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.


Success Tip for T-Shirt Sales Number 1Be the first to buy. If you don't stand behind your design or cause, can you expect others to do the same?



Success Tip for T-Shirt Sales Number 1Don't just share it once. Keep your community (online, email, etc.) informed as your fundraising progresses. Take them along on your journey.



Success Tip for T-Shirt Sales Number 4Thank your buyers. Be it in person, through a social media post or in an email. Recognize their generosity.



Success Tip for T-Shirt Sales Number 5Show 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!