Why is there a need for CLOZTALK®?
Charities and cause-based organizations are usually awesome at delivering a service or program to those in need. But generally, they are not branding, promotional, and design experts. That’s why CLOZTALK exists! We design high-quality, comfortable apparel that helps build and promote their brands. WE EVEN HELP FUND THE CHARITIES AND GROUPS BECAUSE WE DONATE 20% OF ALL COMPANY PROFIT BACK TO THE CAUSES. We want to help the causes in all ways we can, and we take nothing from them.
What does CLOZTALK® require of the charities or cause-based organizations?
Nothing! The only thing we ask is for the causes to approve the apparel designs that we create to help grow and build their brand. We don’t ask them for money, time, or promotion. We understand that they are busy working on their programs and helping others. We don’t want to distract them. They have limited resources and are often understaffed. We want them focusing on their missions!
Why don’t I just buy the apparel directly from the charity or cause-based organization?
Charities and cause-based groups aren’t experts in designing and selling hip gear. Sometimes they don’t sell apparel at all. We want to take this project off their plate. So they can focus their time and limited resources on their mission and doing social good, not on running an apparel business. Our ambitious pace and spirited approach will grow a charity’s brand faster than it could on its own. And it doesn’t cost the charities a cent!
How much money goes back to the charities or cause-based organizations?
WE DONATE 20% OF ALL COMPANY PROFIT BACK TO THE CAUSES, based on their pro rata share of annual sales. And we don’t take salaries. So we only make money if the causes make money. After we donate to the causes, we reinvest the remaining profit in CLOZTALK or split it three ways among the founders.
How did the idea for CLOZTALK® come about?
CLOZTALK came about because of our experience building Imerman Angels (IA), an international one-on-one cancer-support organization that matches someone fighting cancer with someone who has survived the same type of cancer. Imerman Angels started with just a few supporters wearing IA t-shirts in downtown Chicago. People on the streets often stopped them and asked: What is Imerman Angels? The word began to spread, and the community began to grow. We quickly realized the power of apparel to spark conversations and brand a mission. Imerman Angels is now in all 50 states and more than 90 countries. We aim to build awareness for other causes just like we did for Imerman Angels.
Do the words “charity” and “cause-based organization” mean the same thing?
Generally, they do. A “charity” is a non-profit organization that, as presented in its mission statement, provides help to those in need. A “cause-based organization” can include charities, but it can also include for-profit companies like social enterprises. We partner with both non-profits and socially minded for-profits. We want to raise awareness for any group whose central mission is to make the world a better place!
Where should I wear my CLOZTALK® apparel to help my cause the most?
Anywhere you feel comfortable. Places where there are a lot of people are often the best, like: gyms, fitness clubs, yoga studios, music concerts, malls, shopping centers, parks, retail stores, restaurants, bars, sporting events, downtowns, city centers, farmers markets, casual offices, college campuses, etc.
Is CLOZTALK® a for-profit company?
Yes. CLOZTALK is a for-profit, social enterprise. A social enterprise is a venture that uses business strategy to achieve its central mission of improving human or environmental wellbeing. CLOZTALK—not the charities—takes on all of the business risk. The causes have nothing to lose, and only brand awareness and donations to gain. At CLOZTALK, our social impact is as important to our bottom line as any potential profit.
Why do you email information about the charity or cause-based organization to the customer after an order is placed?
We want every person to understand the mission of that charity or cause-based organization. So we send an email that includes some general facts about the cause: mission statement, headquarters location, reach, founded date, website, and contact information. People can then speak in an informed and articulate way about the cause and its mission. This is the start of the ripple effect that raises awareness across a community.
Who creates the designs?
CLOZTALK creates the designs. The only thing each cause has to do is approve our designs. We want each cause to stay focused on what they do best: delivering a mission that makes the world a better place!
How long does it take for a cause to become a CLOZTALK® Cause Partner?
A cause first fills out the online application on the Cause SignUp page of this website. The cause will then receive a Cause Partner Agreement that is emailed to it. Next, CLOZTALK reviews the application. If the cause is accepted as a Cause Partner, CLOZTALK signs the Cause Partner Agreement and the onboarding process begins! The onboarding process takes about one month. During that time, we design your apparel, create your info cards to be included in all shipments, and upload your cause information to the CLOZTALK website!
Does a cause need to sign an agreement in order to become a CLOZTALK® Cause Partner?
Yes, each cause signs a Cause Partner Agreement with CLOZTALK. The agreement is one page. The cause gives permission to CLOZTALK to use its name and logo for the apparel. The agreement states that the cause is not obligated to pay or promote CLOZTALK in any way. In other words, CLOZTALK never asks anything of the cause except permission to use its name and logo. The agreement also allows the cause to withdraw from the agreement at any time and for any reason at no penalty. Lastly, the agreement requires CLOZTALK to donate 20% of net profit to the causes based on each cause's pro rata share of total sales for that year.
Can I see the Cause Partner Agreement that is emailed to the causes after they complete the online application?
Sure, take a look! Just click here. We want to be as transparent as we can be! Just remember, the real Cause Partner Agreement (which looks just like this one) will be emailed to the cause, and the cause must sign it electronically. This way we can better keep track of all our awesome cause partners!
What if the charity or cause-based organization already has its own apparel or its own webstore?
No problem at all! CLOZTALK only adds to an organization's offerings, never subtracts. CLOZTALK provides an additional line of apparel that is separate from the organization's existing apparel or webstore. We hope both webstores sell as much as possible! In other words, CLOZTALK has no requirement of exclusivity. CLOZTALK is just another channel for the organization to sell its apparel and therefore to raise more awareness. We never require an organization to change anything that it is already doing.
What is the CLOZTALK® truck?
The CLOZTALK® truck is a one-of-a-kind, 30-foot-long, urban blitz branding vehicle with bright lights, big graphics, and booming speakers. The purpose of the CLOZTALK truck is to promote our Cause Partners! We do this in two ways. First, we play music and chat with people on the streets about our awesome Cause Partners! We’ve always found the best way to spread ideas is by sparking conversations in person, face to face. Second, we donate the truck—along with its sound system and wireless mic—to our Cause Partners for use at their outdoor events, which saves them thousands of dollars on music, DJs, and AV systems!
Do you sell merchandise from the CLOZTALK® truck?
No, we don't sell merchandise from the truck. We don't even carry money in the truck. We use the CLOZTALK truck to spark conversations about all of our amazing Cause Partners! All sales are made online through our website.
How does a charity or cause-based organization partner with CLOZTALK®?
Please go to our cause-partner link, fill out your information, and click submit. You can also e-mail us at info@CLOZTALK.com or call us at 312-588-9990. Thank you!