You can use T-shirts to help raise money!
A huge variety businesses use T-shirts to help subsidize them. From bands and webcomics to school clubs and religious organizations, T-shirts are part of the revenue equation. T-shirts are most likely an excellent way to raise funds for your cause or event. You can get custom T-shirts fairly cheaply or for free if you sell logo space on the back of them. You can sell the T-shirts to generate revenue. It is completely reasonable to sell event T-shirts for $15, and most people expect to pay at least that and probably more for a T-shirt.
You may even get your fundraising t-shirts at no cost to you.
If you know of a company that needs our services, refer them to us and get a 10% credit of their first invoice toward your fundraising order. If you refer more than one, then you can add those credits up. Call us for details!
- Plan on getting between 6 and 12 sponsors.
- Sponsors pay for the T-shirts and get their logo on the back in appreciation for their donation.
- The most common donation amount we hear is $200 – $250 for a listing on the back of the shirt. For larger donors you might offer them a larger logo amongst the smaller contributors.
- Some groups sell the T-shirts and others include them with a registration fee for members/attendees depending on the structure of the event (if there is an event).
- Once you’ve gotten the sponsor roster, send us the list of who will be sending their logos. Please include the event name, and your name and contact information, including a phone number.
- Tell the sponsors to send their logos to us (email@example.com), and put the name of the fundraiser in the title along with their name and phone contact information.
- Please allow ample time for sponsors to send in their logos and production time for the T-shirts as well. 5-8 weeks is a good minimum to consider from the date you want the shirts in hand –not the date of the event.
- It’s a good idea (when ordering) to get enough T-shirts so that each sponsor gets one as a “thank you” for contributing.
Specific Guidelines for Your Sponsors Sending Art.
(You are welcome to copy/paste the below text to your sponsors.)
Assuming the T-shirt is going to be white, and the ink will be black on the back.
- Be sure your logo is designed in the number of colors allotted for the backs of the T-shirts. Unless otherwise specified, assume 1 color, black ink.
- The size of the logos will most likely not exceed 4” on any of the dimensions.
- Art should be in black and white unless you are paying extra to add more colors.
- No type should be less than 11 pt.
- No line should be thinner than 1 pt.
- Small knockout text is not recommended, as it may be rendered illegible. In regular English that means no small white (shirt colored) text in a large field of black ink.
- Knockout lines should be no thinner than 3 pt (In this case, knockout line would be lines that appear white in a black field.)
- Acceptable file formats are Illustrator CS, CorelDraw 11, Photoshop 7, tif, jpg, gif, eps, png, bmp, or pdf. PDF is the preferred format.
- If your logo is in vector (Illustrator CS or CorelDraw 11) please be sure to convert all fonts to outlines or send them as well.
- If you are not sending vector files, please be sure the files are *created *at a minimum of 4” along the largest dimension and 300 dpi. Please do not try to resize smaller files to meet the standard, as that will not maintain clean lines.
- Please do not antialias text, as that does not work for purposes of film separations.
- Most graphics on your web page are too low resolution to work for our purposes. Please check with your graphics department and send them these guidelines.
- Please email your graphics to firstname.lastname@example.org and put the name of the fundraiser in the subject line. Please also list your contact information and your most accessible phone number.
The structure of a fundraiser T-shirt
- The design on the front should match (as much as feasible) the literature of the event or the general creative of the drive.
- Put the event details and sponsor logos on back. If there are dates, consider listing them, as they can make the T-shirt more desirable.
- Consider adding a web address where more details can be found about the event and the organization running the show.
Keeping Fundraiser T-shirts Inexpensive
- White T-shirts are the cheapest.
- Keep the front logo down to 2 – 3 colors.
- Make the back 1 color (preferably black ink)
- Volume purchases keep your cost per unit low. The more you buy, the cheaper they are per unit.
Some common Quotes, or Get a specific price quote now!
For white 100% Cotton Heavyweight Gildan 5.4oz T-shirts with a 2-color logo on the front and the sponsor logos and event details on the back in black ink:
- 72 units @ $4.68 each
- 144 units @ $4.33 each
- 288 units @ $3.65 each
- 500 units @ $3.28 each
If you are tax exempt, please have your certificate handy.