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Pets Like T-Shirts, Too

This past weekend we had the joy and pleasure of participating in our local Wisconsin Humane Society's Tails on the Trail Walk where we met many new four legged friends and told them about what we do.

There are so many reasons to fundraise for a good cause including raising awareness for pet adoption, fostering dogs and cats, animal abuse prevention as well as many more.

Whether it’s creating a t-shirt for a specific event like a walk to raise awareness for dog or cat adoption, or simply designing a t-shirt to sell and help raise funds for your pet or animal related organization, we’re here to help you reach your campaign goals.

What’s more? Pets love t-shirts, too! If you bring home a new puppy and are teaching them to sleep in their kennel - leave your worn t-shirt in there with them. They’ll appreciate your scent, close by and will help comfort them.

The Road to Happiness is Paved with Pawprints. Wisconsin Humane Society

Another way your t-shirt can become your dog or cat’s best friend? Upcycle it into a pet tent! We found a great DIY Cat Tent on Instructables and being the t-shirt and pet lovers that we are, had to share. Follow this link for instructions on creating a cat tent.

Whatever the reason you need a t-shirt, you can get started on your design, here!

PSSST!... If you’re a non-profit and interested in partnering with us for our giving back program, give us a holler! Every month we partner with a non-profit organization and donate 5% of every t-shirt sold on the site to that cause. Learn more or get in touch.

Baseball T-Shirts for the Win!

Baseball T-Shirt Fundraising and Tailgating Ideas

Baseball season is in full swing and as the weather continues to warm, there will be plenty of reasons to catch a game, fire up the grill for tailgating and getting together with friends.

There are a lot of excuses for throwing a fun tailgate party - whether you’re reuniting with your closest college friends, your family throws one annually as a reunion, or even throwing a charity fundraising tailgate.

Whether you're raising funds for a non-profit charity that is close to your heart, or for a friend or family member in need of a little help or support, you can make the party a little more memorable and special, and unify your group, by designing a t-shirt for the party. (pssst - it can also help you raise extra funds for the charity!)

You might even wrap the entire fee into the t-shirt purchase. For example:

"$30 gets you your t-shirt plus free beer and brats at the tailgate! All proceeds will go towards the ALS Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter! Wear your shirt to the tailgate and find us at Lot D, look for the big red bus!"

BUT - if you're not planning a big tailgate party, here are a few other ideas for designing a fun baseball t-shirt for the summer (raglan, or other jersey or sport styles):

  • Your son's or daughter's little league team needs team shirts
  • Your social softball league needs team shirts
  • You've designed your own fan art for your favorite baseball team (make sure it's an original design!)
  • You throw a baseball themed party (birthday or otherwise!)

Baseball T-Shirt Design Ideas

Whatever the reason - have fun designing! You can find more inspiration on our Pinterest boards. Need help with anything? You can always call (888-862-2775) or email.

Giving Back Program - May 2014

This month's cause: The ALS Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Update: The numbers are in. We have raised $500.00 for ALS Association!

Wonderful people participating in an ALS Walk for a Cure

May, among other important causes, is ALS Awareness Month.

From the ALS Association website

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a devastating neuromuscular disease for which there is no effective treatment or cure.

Every day the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter provides help for today and hope for tomorrow for ALS patients, their families, and caregivers living in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Help for today includes a multitude of programs provided at no charge, such as ALS multidisciplinary clinics, in-home care programs, and medical equipment loans. Hope for tomorrow includes global research that is improving the understanding of ALS, developing new support systems for patients and working to find treatments and a cure.

The mission of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

We are honored to help support ALS Awareness.

For more information on The ALS Association, please visit alsphiladelphia.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 $3936.30 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

Crowdfund for Good

Chris Dobens and Nick Reynolds, creators of the original Boston Strong t-shirt phrase, made this video for Ink to the People. In it, they explain their process of fundraising through t-shirt sales and encourage you to do the same.

Watch the quick video then get started!

Thanks, guys, for contributing!

Forced Family Fun with Flair

Summer is the season for family reunions. Whether it’s an annual event or your family meets every few years, reunions are a great way (for most of the family) to catch up and reconnect. If you’re like some of our families at Ink to the People, there might also be a little friendly competition to help keep sisters, brothers, cousins on their toes.

People having fun at a family reunion

What better way to come together, have some fun and bond with your relatives than over a game of capture the flag or “Reunion Olympics”? Mix your extended family into teams (or each family is a team?) and let the games begin! Here’s a little inspiration for changing the game at your next family reunion:

  • A big game of Capture the Flag.
  • Reunion Olympic Games that might include opening ceremonies, eating contests, 2-legged races, canoe races, egg and spoon competition, water balloon tosses and more. Use the Olympic colors to designate teams.
  • Softball, Touch Football, Bowling or Volleyball Tournaments.
  • Card Game Tournament. Family Trivia Game.
  • The Amazing Race - Family Reunion Edition.

Family reunion custom team t-shirts

Even better? Make team shirts! Create one reunion design, pick teams and assign different colors for your teams and send out to the family ahead of time so everyone is ready to go when they arrive for the family reunion.

Need design inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Boards for ideas.

Gear Up for Race Season!

Dirty Girls in custom t-shirts

As we make our way towards warmer weather, there’s something else besides spring in the air - race season!

 

Perhaps you’re training for a big marathon with your favorite group of runners, or have formed a team for a local run / walk to support a specific cause close to your heart, or maybe you just want to get a group together to cheer on a runner. Unify your group with t-shirts!

 

Boston Strong girls in their custom t-shirts on race day

 

Designing a t-shirt is a great way to unify your team and help raise money toward your goal. Many teams have had great success with t-shirt fundraising - we’ve worked with a variety of groups on everything from Autism Awareness to Progeria Research Foundation, Leukemia, Breast and other Cancer Awareness, as well as many others.

 

Collectively, charities and groups have raised over $1,000,000 through t-shirt fundraising on Ink to the People. Learn more about getting started, or start designing now, then tell the world!

 

A team of ladies in their custom t-shirt on race day

Giving Back Program - April 2014

This month's cause: Autism Speaks

Update: The numbers are in. We have raised $936.30 for Autism Speaks!

Autism Speaks - Light it up blue photo

April is Autism awareness month and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

From the Autism Speaks website:

Autism Speaks seeks to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. we are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Ink to the People is proud to help contribute and amplify their voice on autism.

For more information on Autism Speaks, please visit autismspeaks.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 $3,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

Boston :: Stronger than Ever

Almost a year ago, the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon sparked an outpouring of strength, helping hands and fundraising.

Boston Strong nears one million dollars in fundraising for the One Fund

One such fundraising effort was undertaken by three Emerson College students in Boston who didn’t want to just stand by but contribute to the recovery of those affected by the bombings. As the smoke settled from the havoc, Nick Reynolds, Chris Dobens and Lane Brenner found Ink to the People and designed a blue t-shirt with the words “Boston Strong” in yellow across the front. They hoped to sell a few shirts to friends and donate the proceeds to whatever fund would be supporting the victims. You can read about the next few whirlwind days, here.

The One Fund was founded to do just that - help the victims of the bombings to support them financially immediately following that fateful day, and long term - for those that have had to make lifestyle changes from loss of limb or other injuries.

Boston Strong campaign check presentation

Fast forward to today - just a few short weeks from the 2014 Boston Marathon and the Boston Strong t-shirt and fundraising efforts have raised nearly $1 Million for The One Fund!

Marathon custom t-shirt design starters

Even though the Boston Strong t-shirt is still available, you can support The One Fund with a t-shirt design of your own. On top of the funds you raise, Ink to the People will donate an additional 5% of sales to the One Fund. Ready, get set, go!

Wear it on marathon day, whether you’re running, cheering on runners or watching from home.

Thank you for helping us support this great cause!

Giving Back Program - March 2014

This month's cause: American Cancer Society - Making Strides

Update: The numbers are in. We have raised $500 for American Cancer Society!

American Cancer Society - Making Strides

From the ACS website:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Ink to the People is proud to help contribute to their mission.

Learn more about Making Strides

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 $2,500.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.

Giving Back Program - February 2014

This month's cause: American Heart Association

Update: The numbers are in. We have raised $500 for American Heart Association!

American Heart Association

From the AHA website:

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.

Our nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.

Our Mission: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do.

What We Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways.

Ink to the People is proud to help contribute to their mission.

Learn more about American Heart Association

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 $2,000.00 to various causes through our Giving Back Program.