Fundraisers

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!

The Plan.

  • 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 (sales@redalertgear.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 sales@redalertgear.com 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.

Let’s start the process with your project!