Our t-shirts might be the most visible aspect of Oaklandish, but our community work is an equally important part of what we do. It’s our way of giving back to the city that gives so much to the world, and it informs every decision we make.
Oakland has historically been a hotbed of renegade activity, where boundaries are redefined and trends are created rather than followed. To help encourage the continuation of this "trailblazers' legacy," Oaklandish donates at least 10% of all gear proceeds to programs and individuals who are doing pioneering work in our community. Here’s where those proceeds go.
Oakland Innovators Award
Our annual Oaklandish Innovators grants recognize local programs that exemplify the values of innovation and progress in all areas of civic life. It’s a year-round partnership that doesn’t just end with writing a check. Along with financial support, we also pitch in to help our Innovators with events, collaborative designs, and awareness campaigns. Click here to read about past Innovators.
Donations and Sponsorships
In addition to the Innovators grants, we also give one-time donations to local nonprofits, community groups, and artists. These donations come in the form of event sponsorships, auction donations, free screen printing jobs, and more. Past recipients have included East Bay Bike Coalition, Oakland Firefighters Random Acts, the Oakland Indie Awards, McClymonds High School, and more.
Made in Oaklandish
We also partner with other local businesses on projects that promote civic pride and celebrate Oakland spirit. Over the years, we’ve worked on everything from logo design to art contests and campaigns. Some of our partners include Brown Sugar Kitchen, Chop Bar, Eat Real, Oakland International Airport, the Oakland Underground Film Festival, and many more amazing East Bay institutions.
We offer this support in the spirit of those Oakland legends who have had a direct influence on global culture; Architect Julia Morgan, Martial Artist Bruce Lee, Musician Larry Graham, Dancer Isadora Duncan, Aviator Joe Fong Guey, Artist Mike "Dream" Francisco, and Director Russ Myer, among many many others.
For more information about our community work, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our partnership form.
2012 OAKLAND INNOVATORS AWARD WINNERS
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Read about previous Oaklandish Innovators Award winners...