Good Merch for Good Causes
What We Do
Doing Good Merch partners with non-profits and political organizations working for positive change. We create merchandise and the means to distribute that merchandise both to promote progressive messaging and to earn income for these organizations. We use our expertise and resources to handle the logistics and business and this can free the organizations to do their core work.
Running the Doing Good Merch team are Pam Ikegami and Rick Roth.
Pam Ikegami has an MBA from the Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She has worked in business consulting for the last several years both independently and with MCML Consulting. She is a senior lecturer in Japanese at UNH, teaching Japanese language and Japanese culture classes, giving her daily contact with young people. Her career has always spanned the non-profit/educational world and business. She is also an activist with Amnesty International as a local group member and in a volunteer leadership position as the Legislative Coordinator (LC) for New Hampshire since 2012.
Rick Roth graduated from Colgate University where he first combined screenprinting and activism by printing “Save Old Bio” shirts, which after being worn around campus helped to permanently preserve an historic structure. He moved to Boston and attended Harvard Divinity School and worked at a variety of social service organizations, including one that taught young people screenprinting and another that helped disadvantaged young people to start businesses. In 1980 Roth started Mirror Image, which has become one of the world’s premier screenprinting and embroidery companies. Mirror Image has won every major award in the industry, recognized as a leader in technical expertise, creative special effects, and philanthropic work.
Roth also, at the request of Ben Cohen, served as CEO of sweatX, an experimental garment company specializing in organic shirts made in a unionized worker worker-owned factory in Los Angeles. Roth is known in the industry for promoting ethically produced garments and environmentally sound practices.
Mirror Image has worked with every major garment company and most of the major equipment and supply companies on product testing and industry education. Roth has also used his talents and connections to help run countless successful fundraisers and to sell merchandise for groups including Students for a Free Tibet, the New Orleans Musicans Clinic, Amnesty International, Farm Aid, the Music Makers Relief Fund, Death Penalty Action, and the One Caucasus festival.
Roth has been an committed human rights activist as a volunteer coordinating one of Amnesty International’s most active chapters. He and other volunteers have helped to free political prisoners and organize human rights festivals with thousands of participants. He helped start and continues to help run Amnesty International’s largest public event called Get on the Bus, a day of human rights education and activism now in its 21st year. For his dedicated activism he was awarded the “Keeper of the Flame” award from Amnesty International. In addition to his work with Amnesty International, he was the longest serving board member of Students for a Free Tibet and continues to assist that organization. He also serves as the U.S. representative of the One Caucasus Festival in the country of Georgia.
Pam Ikegami and Rick Roth also collaborate with another innovative garment decorator, Tom Davenport, to run a garment industry business called The Ink Kitchen. The website inkkitchen.com has extensive free information for garment decorators. The Ink Kitchen works with sponsors to organize fundraisers for local charities at various industry trade shows.
Want to talk about working with us to sell merch for your non-profit or activist organization? Send us email at info at doinggoodmerch.com.