Every year, we dedicate our time and 1-3% of our gross sales to outside organizations. Public education, equality, personal freedom, and a clean environment are issues we care strongly about. We owe our success to the communities we are a part of, and so we use RAYGUN to give back in a number of ways: percentage of sales from particular products, monthly donations, contributions, price reductions, in-store events, or sponsorships. The following list includes gives you an idea of who we regularly work with.
Since RAYGUN opened in 2005, we have had a strong connection with the public schools. The fall of that first year, we hosted a high school photo show with Des Moines' Central Campus to raise money for their arts program. Whether through products, money, or volunteer time, we lend our support to the schools in and around Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Kansas City. In addition to working directly with schools, we also work with supplemental organizations like The Network for Public Education, Iowans for Public Education, and ArtForce Iowa. A strong public education system is not only the heart of strong communities, but a thriving country.
For the last several years, we have stood up for women's access to healthcare in the Midwest. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Planned Parenthood Great Plains are two phenomenal organizations. To date, using products and events, we have helped raise over $50k for these organizations.
Water: we even published the book on it! In an effort to clean up Iowa's polluted water, we have worked to raise awareness through product's like Jennifer Wilson's book, Water, but also donate to the Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Project, which uses its lawyers to fight for environmental causes throughout the Midwest.
One of the very first organizations we printed shirts for in 2005 was OneIowa, and so we were stoked 4 years later, when Iowa's Supreme court legalized Marriage Equality. Society has come a long way, but there is still plenty of work to be done. OneIowa is working on transgender issues, and Iowa Safe Schools is working to make sure environments kids learn in are free of bullying and bigotry.
There are so many other organizations we support on smaller ways! Part of what makes RAYGUN fun to be a part of is the ability to give something to other organizations helping the communities that we owe so much to! If you have an idea for a partnership or event, please reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org