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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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Design Ideas

Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-Shirt Design Inspiration

If you're among the millions that have had or been affected by Breast Cancer, you're most likely aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

While there are plenty of walks, races, fundraisers and other events that help raise awareness and funds for a cure for Breast Cancer, perhaps you want to do just a little more.

Rosie the Ribboner Tote Bag Design | Breast Cancer Awareness design ideas

If you're participating in a race, maybe you want your team to stand out with specially designed, customized shirts, or perhaps you simply want to do your part in raising money through an online crowdfunding effort. That's where we can help. Design and sell t-shirts, totes or other apparel to do your part to help eradicate Breast Cancer.

We've put together design inspiration on our Pinterest board, INKspiration: Breast Cancer Awareness, for ideas and inspiration for t-shirt, tank top, bib, onesie and pet apparel ideas.

Courage. Strength. Hope. Ideas for t-shirt design for breast cancer awareness month.

Need help? Our designer and customer service are always just an email or phone call (888-862-2775) away. And here's where you can learn more, or...

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Calling all Designers: Design for Good

You are what you wear. Make it count. Join our Design for Good Program.

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. Submit your work on this page and we'll be in touch!