September 2014 Giving Back: Safe Schools for All

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.

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

Infographic: More than just a T-Shirt

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!

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

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.

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.

Wisconsin Humane Society leaves its Pawprint

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

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5 Tips for T-Shirt Sale Success

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 1

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.

Success Tip for T-Shirt Sales Number 2

Be 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 3

Don'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 4

Thank 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 5

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!

July 2014 Giving Back: Urban Ecology Center

This month's cause: The Urban Ecology Center

Update: The numbers are in. We have raised $500.00 for Urban Ecology Center!

The Urban Ecology Center is our Giving Back Program recipient for July

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.

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.

T-shirt Fundraiser Tips

You have a cause. You have an audience. You have decided to do some good. Now what? We’ve created this handy guide with tips on creating and sharing your t-shirt campaign - all designed to help your fundraiser succeed. And, as always, we’re here for you! If you have questions about anything, please contact us!


Starting a campaign

Choose a cause that others can get behind.

People love to support causes, especially when they are passionate about it too. Having an audience will help spread the word.

Create an attractive design.

Your t-shirt design should relate to your cause and be something people will be proud to wear. You can upload your own design or customize one of our many templates. If you still have a creative block, contact us and we can create a design for you.

Starting your t-shirt fundraiser

Select an appropriate garment.

Most t-shirt campaigns do better if the garment is a basic fit and available in all sizes (Youth, Ladies and Adult). We recommend the Gildan 2000 Ultra Cotton T-shirt.

Keep it affordable.

While people might be willing to pay a little more, knowing that the funds are going to a good cause, keep your price reasonable. People expect to pay about $20-$30 for a shirt at a retail store. Keep your price in that ballpark and you will be on the mark. To minimize the base cost, use a basic style t-shirt, only use 1 color in your art and only decorate the front.

Set a reasonable goal.

Inspire your audience with an attainable goal. Keep in mind that the t-shirt campaign needs to reach that goal in order to be printed, so be realistic. We have found that many campaigns find their success at about 25-50 orders. The base cost per shirt actually decreases as your sales continue to increase. Say your goal is 25 shirts and you end up selling 100, you will receive the cost at 100 shirts, which means more funds for your cause.

Setting your t-shirt fundraiser goals

Set a reasonable duration.

Give your supporters time to order, but not too much; typically, 7-14 days is best. However, if your t-shirt revolves around an event, make sure that your supporters will receive their order before that day comes. Allow 2 weeks after the campaign closes for delivery. If your event is less than 2 weeks away, contact us and we’ll work together to see if we can figure something out.

Tell your story.

Explain why you are running this t-shirt campaign and what you will do with the funds raised. Tell people how their support will make a difference. This can be done in the Description section of your campaign.


Running the campaign

Hit the ground running.

Buying the first t-shirt shows that you believe in your cause and encourages others to jump on board. Use this as an opportunity to tell people about your purchase, and how excited you are about your fundraiser.

Purchasing from your t-shirt fundraiser

Reach your audience.

Use social media and email to let people know about your t-shirt campaign. Tell them why you started the campaign, and what you’d like them to do (support the cause by placing an order, or share with their network to help spread the word, or both!).

Share your t-shirt campaign for free.

Here are some ways to get the word out that won’t cost you a pretty penny. Throughout your campaign, be sincere, open and honest.

  • Email: The best way to tell your story and get support is to email your friends and family, directly. People can also help by forwarding your message onto others.
  • Facebook: Post directly to Facebook from your campaign page. Post on relevant Facebook groups, fan pages and organization pages.
  • Facebook Events: Creating and inviting your friends to a free Events page is a great way to create a communication hub for your campaign. There, you can post pictures of your design, post links to your Ink to the People campaign and keep your supporters up to date on your fundraising progress. Encourage others to participate and invite more friends. Learn more.
  • Twitter: Tweet pictures of your design. Tell your followers about it, and link back to your campaign page. Use relevant hashtags including #TshirtsForGood.
  • YouTube: Post a video of you telling your story and why you started a campaign. Post it on Facebook, too. Be sure to post a link to your campaign page on your video page so people can easily contribute.
  • Instagram: Post your shirt while it’s for sale. Post photos of you and your supporters wearing your t-shirt. Use relevant hashtags including #TshirtsForGood.

Don’t forget about:

  • Pinterest
  • Blogs
  • Tumblr
  • Google+ and more.

Let Us Know: We want to see your campaign succeed. Mention Ink to the People in your posts, and chances are we’ll help you spread the word through our own Social Media networks. Find us at:

Sharing your t-shirt fundraiser is easy

Be persistent.

Post on your Social Media channels more than once, throughout the duration of the fundraiser. Posting 3-4 times per week on Facebook, and daily on Twitter will keep your campaign in the minds of your community. Be considerate. Posting too much will annoy your audience. If they have contributed, thank them right away.

Things to talk about:

  • What does the cause mean to you?
  • How will their support help the cause?
  • Remind them that you need to meet your goal, otherwise the orders are cancelled.
  • Follow up with your group, ask for their support.
  • Announce when you hit your goal, or perhaps when you need 1 more sale.
  • Let people know that the fundraiser is closing soon and that it is their last chance to order.

Be available.

Reply to questions and comments. If someone reaches out, make sure you answer. DO NOT ignore people. If it is something only we can answer, please let us know and we will get back to you.

Your t-shirt fundraiser campaign page

Generate urgency.

It’s the home stretch. The final push. A couple days before the campaign ends, remind your audience that time is running out. Reach out to your network and ask for their support with a purchase or a share.

Finish strong.

This is your big moment. It’s exciting. On the last day of the campaign, tell your network that it is their last chance to purchase. Post a few times on Facebook and keep your audience up to date on the status of your fundraiser.


After the campaign

Announce the totals.

Tell your supporters how much your campaign raised for the cause. Remind them how that will make a difference. Let them know that we are now producing the items and that they will be delivered in about 10-14 days. They will receive an email with tracking info when we ship them out.

Thank your supporters.

A kind word means a lot, so show your gratitude to the people who stepped up and supported your cause. They will appreciate your sincerity.

Receive your funds.

Pending any returns or cancellations, funds are sent out about 3 weeks after the t-shirt campaign closes.

Happy people supporting a t-shirt fundraiser

No, thank YOU.

We know you have a choice in who you use for your t-shirt needs and we are honored that you chose to use Ink to the People for your fundraiser. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or check out our FAQ’s. And we’d love to hear your story and learn about your cause, so please send us pictures, notes and more!

Download Steps to a Successful T-Shirt Fundraiser as a pdf Download this t-shirt fundraiser guide.

June 2014 Giving Back - Pride Month

Pride is a state of mind | Ink to the People gives back

Update: The numbers are in. We have raised over $575.00 for various Pride Organizations!

This month, for our Giving Back program, we’re doing things slightly different. We wanted to salute and support the LGBT community during the month of celebrating, history and raising awareness for LGBT Pride. With that, we’ve designed city-specific t-shirts for you to wear and share in your community.

Ink to the People gives back in support of Gay LGBT Pride

We’ll be giving back $8 from the sale of each city-specific t-shirt to that town’s Gay Pride chapter.

We’ve designed a slew of ‘State of Mind’ t-shirts! Follow the links to order your city (or state if you’re in Alaska):

                            Alaska (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Twin Cities
  Atlanta Nashville
  Austin New Orleans
  Boston New York
  Chicago Oakland
  Cleveland Orlando
  Denver Philadelphia
  (Detroit) Motor City Phoenix
  Ft Lauderdale Pittsburgh
  Houston Portland
  Key West St. Louis
  Las Vegas St. Pete
  Long Beach Seattle
  Los Angeles San Diego
  Madison San Francisco
  Miami Beach Toronto (we like Canada, too!)
  Milwaukee Washington D.C.

Not from any of these towns? Fear not, we’ve also got a t-shirt for you, too...

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 $4,500.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

Stand Out in the Crowd

As the kids finish up school and look forward to a summer of fun, parents are often scrambling to find ways to keep the kids entertained and occupied.

Day camps, sports camps or other organized activities and field trips are a great way to keep the little ones engaged, learning and having fun, while you’re at work or taking a break for yourself.

Kids Summer Activities - Zoo Field Trip

While the kids are off on their adventures, a great way activity chaperones can keep track of the kids is by having them wear matching t-shirts. Whether in a bright color like red or yellow (or even tie-dye!), it’s much easier to pick the kids out of the crowd when at a busy place like the zoo, fair, museum or park. For activities like soccer or other sports camps, active wear tech shirts are also available in kids sizes.

Matching T-Shirt Ideas for kids Summer activities

Matching t-shirts are also a great way to keep track of kids at a birthday party outing.

Either way, you can have fun designing summer shirts for kids’ activities to add a little creativity and fun. Have the kids help you design them!

Whether you suggest the idea to your kids’ activity leaders or you’re chaperoning yourself, you can get started here.