Swag for Non-Profits: How Gift-able Goods Contribute to Your Mission


In the dynamic world of non-profit organizations, effective promotion and fundraising are crucial for success. One innovative avenue that has gained traction in recent years is the use of custom-made sewn promotional products. These unique items not only serve as tangible symbols of support but also contribute significantly to the overall mission of non-profits. The Feeding American mask pictured above and distributed to speakers at a conference for the organization, is a great example. Let’s explore the ways in which sourcing these products from WORK+SHELTER can make a substantial difference in your promotional strategy.

1. Empowering Women Through Employment

WORK+SHELTER is not just a supplier; it’s a social enterprise committed to empowering women through employment opportunities. By sourcing custom-made sewn products from this organization, non-profits actively contribute to a cause that extends beyond their own mission. Every product purchased from WORK+SHELTER supports the training and employment of women, providing them with a sustainable source of income and helping break the cycle of poverty.

2. Ethical and Transparent Production Practices

WORK+SHELTER prioritizes ethical and transparent production practices. When non-profits choose to collaborate with this organization, they align themselves with a commitment to fair wages, safe working conditions, and responsible manufacturing processes. This not only enhances the ethical standing of the non-profit but also communicates a shared dedication to social responsibility.

These heavy-duty bags for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative were given to event attendees.

3. Customization with a Purpose

Custom-made give-away items like tees or tote bags from WORK+SHELTER are not just about slapping on a logo to an in-stock item; we are about purposeful creation. We work closely with non-profits to ensure that every product tells a meaningful story. Whether it’s a hand-embroidered logo or a custom-designed fabric, each item is crafted with care, reflecting the unique identity and mission of the non-profit. This level of customization adds authenticity to the promotional efforts. We want to collaborate with you to thoughtfully design items your stakeholders will be excited to use and wear again and again.


These cotton tote bags were used as general merch for The Humanity Share.

4. Positive Environmental Impact

In addition to their social impact, WORK+SHELTER is committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Non-profits can benefit from knowing that the custom-made sewn products they source are produced with a focus on sustainability. From eco-friendly fabrics to responsible waste management, WORK+SHELTER takes steps to promote environmentally conscious practices, aligning with the values of non-profits that prioritize sustainability.


These silk scarves and screen printed bags were used by To The Market as an awareness initiative for women’s suffrage.

5. Showcasing a Collaborative Social Commitment

When non-profits choose to work with WORK+SHELTER, they are not just buying products; they are engaging in a collaborative social commitment. This partnership goes beyond a transactional relationship, emphasizing a shared dedication to making a positive impact in the world. This narrative of collaboration and commitment can resonate deeply with supporters, creating a compelling story around the non-profit’s use of custom-made sewn promotional products, as you can see demonstrated in the paper tags below that we made for Chicago Fair Trade.Conclusion

In the realm of non-profit success, the strategic use of custom-made sewn promotional products can be a game-changer. Sourcing these items from WORK+SHELTER takes this impact to the next level. By choosing a supplier that actively contributes to social empowerment, adheres to ethical production practices, and values environmental sustainability, non-profits not only enhance their promotional efforts but also become part of a broader movement towards positive change. As custom-made sewn products weave a tapestry of support, the inclusion of WORK+SHELTER in this narrative adds layers of purpose and impact that resonate beyond the realm of traditional promotional strategies.