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T-shirt Fundraiser Spotlight: Spot Abuse

Spot Abuse T-Shirt

 

Thank you to Spot Abuse for choosing Ink to the People to create their t-shirt campaign. These unique shirts were designed by local Milwaukee art directors that work for Serve Marketing, the agency that utilizes their creative talents to raise awareness for this cause.

Read more about this initiative below and click HERE to purchase a t-shirt to help fund The Spot Abuse Project.

ABOUT THE SPOT ABUSE PROJECT

The Spot Abuse Project is an effort, being piloted in Milwaukee, to reduce the growing percentage of domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse. The effort is based on research from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys that found 76% of animal abusers also abuse a member of their family. The premise is that if more people can be convinced to dial 911 when they suspect animal abuse (an act generally considered to be easier than reporting domestic abuse), that the police will then have the opportunity to uncover a higher number of domestic violence cases.

The campaign to inspire residents to report animal abuse is key to the success of the program. If we don't move people to make the first call, the cycle of violence will continue. To sustain an effective level of reach and frequency for the awareness campaign in Milwaukee throughout the year, funding is needed. Your donation is greatly needed.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Carsyn Taylor McKenzie is a Milwaukee-based graphic artist who has a love for all animals. She believes that animals are a major part of any family and her design was based around the different four-legged family members in her life.

Nick Heiser is an Associate Art Director at BVK. He has worked on the Spot Abuse project throughout this past year and has been a dog lover his whole life. His goal was to design a simple shirt that could be enjoyed by all dog lovers alike.

Kelsey Barnowsky is an art director and designer from Milwaukee. Aside from designing, she enjoys meditation, yoga, the outdoors and learning about the universe. Many of her personal designs incorporate these aspects. Her design for Spot Abuse represents dogs as majestic creatures. She believes they are wise, intuitive and spiritual animals that teach us unconditional love and are physical guardian angels. After having three very unique dogs in her life, she wanted to create a design that spoke to their loving and divine nature. The spots in the design are a tie back to the Spot Abuse campaign.

Success Story: Northwestern Mutual & Alex's Lemonade Stand

Northwestern Mutual approached Ink to the People to help them with their company fundraising efforts to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Pictured: "The Lemonade Ladies" - Carolyn Cento, Jenny Rae Peterson, and Alicia Lorino after sorting through over 800 t-shirts, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand!

Q&A with Jenny Rae, Lemonade Days Volunteer Coordinator, Northwestern Mutual

What is the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation?

At the age of four – while battling cancer – Alexandra “Alex” Scott announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand and give the proceeds to doctors so they could “help other kids, like they helped me.” Alex and her family built a stand and for one weekend in June she sold lemonade. Over the next four years, Alex held her stand each June. She set a goal to raise $1 million. As word spread, more people stopped at her stand to buy lemonade. Then something amazing happened: other kids and adults from around the world started holding stands in her honor and sending her the donations. In August of 2004, shortly after Alex and her supporters raised $1 million for childhood cancer research, she passed away. Alex started a movement that her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, continue today through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. As of 2015, ALSF has raised more than $75 million and funded more than 375 research projects across North America.

How did Northwestern Mutual get involved with ALSF?

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children from ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. Yet, childhood cancer research and services are vastly and consistently underfunded. That’s why Northwestern Mutual launched its Childhood Cancer Program in 2012 to accelerate the search for cures to childhood cancers and to provide support to families battling the disease. Northwestern Mutual is committed to working with nonprofit partners such as ALSF.

Why did you decide to do the t-shirt fundraiser?

We wanted to find a way to create a lasting impact that could be shared beyond the walls of our campuses.  At our company, employees love three things: t-shirts, jeans days, and supporting a good cause.  We were thrilled to be able to satisfy all three through our t-shirt campaign.  Much to our surprise, we sold 701 shirts with last year's campaign and are hoping to match that this year!

What have you liked most about your campaign with Ink to the People?

We’ve had a great experience with Ink to the People and loved the idea that we could create a shirt that would give back in so many ways.  Ink to the People made the process simple, were always incredibly helpful and responsive, and provided us with a terrific product that created a lasting impression.  Long after the campaign is done, our message will be out in the world thanks to the work of Ink to the People.  We were nervous about taking on such a large project, but Ink to the People made the process less daunting, so all we had to focus on was spreading the word and driving people to order our shirts.  We’ve utilized emails, posters, Yammer, and any other channel we can get our hands on!  Thanks to Ink to the People, we’re able to make an impact that’s even larger than we could have ever imagined!

If you have a cause you're passionate about, we hope you'll consider designing a shirt and launching a fundraising campaign today.

Thanks For A Great 2014

The End of the Year is a wonderful time for reflection. As we take stock from the campaigns we ran in 2014 and continue to plan for the days, months and year to come, we are excited to share some results for the year and fill you in on what we have planned for 2015.

To date, together we helped run 929 successful campaigns, print 237,552 t-shirts and raise $1,350,057. By the time you’ve read these words, those numbers will continue to grow. Additionally, we will continue to add campaigns and work with some great organizations. Both our user generated and curated campaigns will continue to evolve.

These results are yours as much as they are ours. Your ongoing contributions via campaigns, purchases, and sharing have all contributed to their overall success.

Here are some of the most successful campaigns of 2014:

Valentine4Boston

Proceeds from the sale of the #Valentine4Boston t-shirt went directly to the Pawsitively Strong fund. These funds provide service dogs at NO COST to survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings who have sustained a permanent injury.​

Total Results:

- 434 shirts sold
- $6,300 raised

Best for Babes

Every purchase from the official shirt of the 1st Nationwide Miracle Milk™ Mother's Day Stroll for Babes helped benefit Best for Babes and their partners to accomplish their mission of helping more moms to get more milk to more infants in need.

Total Results:

- 439 shirts sold
- $4,321 raised

Guardian Rottweilers

Proceeds from the sale of the Guardian Rottweilers t-shirt went directly to help connect courageous guardians and loyal companions, using the best German and European bloodlines to produce calm, confident, courageous dogs.

Total Results:

- 183 shirts sold
- $3,752 raised

Staggering statistics aside, our mission is to help give back to great organizations. We want to continue to build a community and evolve our platform to make it easy to raise funds for your favorite organizations.

And to make it easier for you to help fundraise, we’re happy to announce the launch of our new website.

Here are a few features you can expect from our new site.

- Improved User Experience
- Increased Sharing Options
- Advanced Design Tools and Product Offerings

We’re looking forward to a big 2015. We encourage you to keep creating and sharing campaigns close to your heart. Keep posting your feedback and let us know what organizations we should partner with.

Keep your eye out for some great campaigns this coming year.

Here’s to all the best in 2015. Thank you for all your support!

Support Your Home Away From Home


Since 1984, The Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin has been dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child’s illness or injury.

More than 35,000 families have stayed at the Milwaukee location while their child received critical medical care. Families from 568 Wisconsin communities, 50 states and 26 foreign countries have stayed at their Ronald McDonald House. They offer a place to call home at little or no cost so families can stay together, helping their child heal faster.

In addition to a place to stay, they offer families a supportive community of over 600 volunteers that are dedicated to make the lives of the families staying at the house easier. 

Most importantly, the House offers the emotional support and friendship of other families facing very similar situations.

After many years of having an extensive waiting list, they’ve recently expanded to accommodate more families and offer the following amenities:

  • 70 private guest rooms
  • New entrance and reception area
  • Fitness center
  • Computer room
  • Study room
  • Game room
  • Music therapy room
  • Two level parking structure
  • Expanded dining facilities
  • Expanded Family Meal Program

The expansion cost was more than $10 million and, to date, they have raised $8.5 million.

This is where The Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin needs your help.

We’ve designed a limited edition “Ronald McDonald House” t-shirt that will help further support their mission. During the month of January, for every shirt sold of the Ronald McDonald House t-shirt design, we are donating 1/3 of every sale. Get yours before they're gone - sale ends 1/31/15!

We're honored to be supporting their efforts as they help provide a “home away from home” and caring outreach initiative to families in our community. 

To learn more about The Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin and the wonderful programs, please visit their website.

 

Home Away From Home T-shirt

Milwaukee Macy's Believe Event

Macy's Believe for Make-A-Wish

 

Every year, on National Believe Day, Macy's and Make-A-Wish® come together to grant over fifty wishes from children all across the country.

We are proud to have participated in this year's Macy's Believe Together campaign that took place on Friday, December 12th at their Mayfair Mall location.

This year's wish was granted to a young man named Joseph, whose wish was to have a Hollywood-style shopping spree.

We provided shirts to the cheering crowd with Joseph's likeness to help give his wish a special boost. Joseph looked like a true rock star and we were fortunate to be part of his special day. Check out our photos of the event on our Facebook page.

If You Mustache

It's that time of year again - turkey, stuffing and mustaches?

In recent years, the trend of growing a mustache during November isn't just a fashion statement - it's also a social one - it's helping to change the "face" of men's health.

As you may know by the men around you, they don't tend to go to the doctor much and can generally be curmudgeonly when it comes to talking about their health and well being, which is why it's all the more important to get them to go to the doctor. Movember is meant to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health for men.

Fortunately, a fun way to raise awareness has emerged through facial hair. And thanks to the trend of fancy facial hair, even those who can't grow a mustache can wear one, making a fashion statement and giving back.

If you don't want to grow one or can't don a mustach, a wearable version is a great alternative way to help support Movember. Wear it on a t-shirt, a tote or even on your pup and raise funds for the important men in your life (and make sure they go get a check-up!).

We've created and INKspiration Pinterest board dedicated to Movember to provide you with a few Mustachioed ideas for t-shirt designs. Take a look and get started!

One last thing! Don't have time to design and sell your own t-shirt but still want to contribute? We've designed our own Movember t-shirts. For every t-shirt you buy from our Movember line, we'll donate 1/3 of the price of that shirt to the Movember Foundation. The limited edition t-shirt is only available during November. Get yours today!

Support Mens Health Awareness with these Movember t-shirts

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November 2014 Giving Back: Patriot PAWS

This month's cause: Patriot PAWS

Ink to the People Gives back each month. In November, we're giving back to Patriot PAWS  - a service dog organization.

Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality, at no cost, to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

Patriot PAWS trains service dogs to perform various behaviors including help for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They set out to increase a person's self-sufficiency. Services performed by each dog depend on the needs of the owner. Some of the services provided to assist disabled veterans in accomplishing daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible, include:

  • Getting help in emergencies
  • Recognizing and averting PTSD episodes
  • Picking up and retrieving items
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Pulling wheelchairs
  • Providing bracing to stand, walk and sit down
  • Helping with chores, such as laundry
  • Taking off shoes and socks

Once matched, Patriot PAWS continues its work with matched veterans and dogs as they learn to work together as a team. Learn more about this great organization.

We're honored to be supporting this organization as they help provide much needed services for U.S. veterans.

In addition to giving back 10 cents of every shirt sold on InkToThePeople.com during the month of November, we've also designed a limited edition t-shirt that will further support their mission. For every shirt sold of the "Patriot Paws" t-shirt designs, we'll be donating 1/3 of the price. Get yours before they're gone - sale ends 11/30/14!

Ink to the People Gives back each month. In November, we're giving back to Patriot PAWS  - a service dog organization.

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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 $7,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

It's also Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Design a Shirt and Give Back to this important cause

While Breast Cancer Awareness gets quite a bit of funding, hype and exposure, especially during its "official" month of October, there are many other important issues that need funding and affect thousands, if not millions.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month | #SeeDV Badge

Unfortunately, one issue and cause that unfortunately seems to still be a major problem, and getting a lot of press lately due to NFL players and celebrities speaking out, is Domestic Violence.

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, with the push for gender equality, human rights and womens' strong role in society, it is estimated that 25% of women experience domestic abuse.*

Whether you have been a victim or know someone who needs help, this cause continues to need attention. Doing just a little bit to help organizations that fight domestic violence by desiging and selling t-shirts or perhaps organizing a team shirt for a walk/race can help give back and bring more awareness to this terrible, ongoing issue. Every little bit helps!

Great organizations that can use your help include the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, NoMore.org as well as this great list of domestic violence awareness organizations (and article).

And, if you find yourself needing help for a domestic violence issue, please, please call: 1.800.799.SAFE (7223).

*Source: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Halloween Costume T-Shirt Ideas

Halloween Costume T-Shirt Ideas | Pumpkin, Skeleton, Ghost

It's not too late to get your group Halloween costume together! And even better? Put it on a t-shirt that does good by giving back. Need some INKspiration? Check out our Trick-or-Treat Pinterest Board for ideas.

There are a lot of great costume ideas that can be super easy to execute. Anything from the simple pumpkin patch to a gaggle of "Where's Waldos" or as the entire crew of Pacman ghosts, chasing Pacman and Miss Pacman.

Halloween t-Shirt Costume Ides | Pacman

The silver lining? Every shirt sold on InkToThePeople.com gives back to a great Halloween-themed cause in October. This month, we're giving 10 cents of every shirt sold on the site to UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program which provides much need funds to children worldwide for programs such as vaccinations, food, clean water and more.

By simply desiging and buying/selling t-shirts on Ink to the People, you're helping to make the world better, Halloween-themed or not.

BUT - if you decide to get your Halloween group costume together and design a t-shirt for it, do it soon! Halloween is just around the bend and we want to ensure your shirt goes to print and is delivered in plenty of time.

Questions? Drop us a line or shoot us an email. 1-888-862-2775 or hello[at]inktothepeople.com.

October 2014 Giving Back: UNICEF

This month's cause: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

 

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Since 1950, UNICEF has been helping kids who need more than candy during the season of Halloween. We're doing our part this year by giving back in two ways. During the month of October through our Giving Back program, we are donating 10 cents of every shirt sold on InkToThePeople.com to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, but we've also created a series of Halloween themed shirts.

Trick or Treat for Unicef

If you buy one of our fun Halloween t-shirts or trick-or-treat tote bags (and dog t-shirts, too!), we'll donate $8.00 of each Halloween-themed item purchased to UNICEF. Wearing a shirt or carrying a tote filled with candy helps drive awareness for UNICEF's annual Trick-or-Treat program.

The Halloween t-shirts, tote bags and pet t-shirts are only available through October 10, 2014 to ensure you receive your order before trick-or-treating begins!

Here's how the funds for Trick-orTreat for UNICEF are used (from their website):

  • $1 - Gives a child 40 days of safe, clean drinking water.
  • $5 - Feeds a malnourished childe for 5 days.
  • $10 - Provides vaccinations for 280 children.
  • $100 - Protects 100 kids from malaria.
  • $500 - Installs a water pump to serve a whole village.

Learn more about the Trick-or-Treat program and how you can do your part, here.

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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 $6,500.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.