Spreadshirt, the e-commerce platform for creating, selling, and buying of ideas on things that consumers love to share, use, and carry has been a key player in the rapid turn around of apparel and accessories for charities and causes that resonate with consumers. The 24 hour turn around capabilities allow individuals or groups to create apparel or accessories, share them with like minded audiences, spread support, and generate funds to assist with causes or charities that matter to them and continually change messaging as events unfold.
In essence, Spreadshirt is the original innovator in helping thousands of nonprofits and charitable organizations connect with people and spread their message to help raise awareness and funds. Spreadshirt's history with charities and nonprofits around the globe include:
• A key account partner since inception is doctors without borders (http://aerzte-ohne-grenzen.spreadshirt.de/)
• US examples: http://www.spreadshirt.com/non-profit-t-shirt-shops-C6943
"The Spreadshirt model might not be the one that generates the most financial profit from t-shirt sales, because we are not limiting it to the simplest product available. However, the Spreadshirt model gives a lot of additional value to the charity organization. People who can purchase a shirt or product they like in terms of color, size and of course the message are going to wear it. They are going to wear it and will show that they've given money to this cause. They feel good about what they've done and what they are wearing. Besides sharing with their friends and pals, they are a walking advertisement for the organization. They are entering spaces the message of the charity might not have been able to enter before. The people bond with the shirt, the organization and continue to give. So, the organization / partner gets cash from the t-shirt sales, bonds with the donator and receives extra promotion!
Competition yes, but:
"No doubt that the services CustomInk, Cafepress and as well Teespring are offering are easy to use and quick to set up. But cheap shirts and hardly any choice is not good for any side - neither the non-profit nor the giver. From a charity point of view the most effective way for raising money is still the subscription model (most people simply forget to unsubscribe and keep giving money month over month or even year over year ;-)). But of course in our days, fundraising has changed. There's also crowd funding where people are given 'presents' for certain amounts they are contributing. Sometimes it's shirts but again with no real choice." Phil Rooke, CEO, Spreadshirt.