New Local Online Company Announces 1st Nonprofit Partner

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Inspired Goods invites local designers to submit original T-shirt designs that embody the mission and goals of The Taraloka Foundation, local nonprofit established in 2012 to support the girls of the Sikkim Happiness Home, via email by Jan. 27. 

The Taraloka Foundation is a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Sikkim Happiness Home provides education, healthcare, and refuge for 22 girls in the Himalayan region of Sikkim. Through this campaign, Inspired Goods aims to raise enough money to create an emergency medical fund for the girls.

The Inspired Goods team will choose three designs out of all the submissions and post each to Facebook. Facebook fans can vote by ‘liking’ the design that embodies the Taraloka Foundation best. The winning design will be printed on a RECOVER brand t-shirt and sold. RECOVER uses 100 percent recycled materials for its apparel. T-shirts will be sold online and in local stores. 

Designs should be three colors or less and do not include the Taraloka Foundation’s logo or name. The winning designer will receive a small cash prize, exposure throughout the entire campaign and their design printed t-shirt. Designers should submit artwork to inspiredgoodsartwork@gmail.com in a vector or Adobe Illustrator (.ai) format.

After 12 years of guiding students in India with Baylor School, Tim Williams, founded the Taraloka Foundation as a way to assist Tibetan locals. 

Mr. Williams said, “It is difficult to describe the difference between the life our girls came from and the life full of hope and potential the Taraloka Foundation provides.  Child labor and prostitution are very real possibilities for disadvantaged girls in this part of India. Our girls live in a wonderful home, it is a safe refuge and the happiest place on earth.

“Special thanks to Inspired Goods for helping to create an emergency medical fund for the girls. We want to be prepared in the event one of the girls needs emergency medical care."

For more information about the Taraloka Foundation please visit www.taralokafoundation.org

Inspired Goods launched in December 2013 by locals, Guru Shah and Taylor Gautier. This is its first nonprofit partnership and funding campaign. Shah is the founder of the Muenster truck, a local food truck. 

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