For FREE shipping, please note that the TOTAL of your order still needs to reach $60 for the USA | $100 for the WORLD even when using a discount code. Only one coupon can be applied per purchase. There is no tracking information on international shipments.
We have started bringing some production to The Happy Givers campus in Puerto Rico. But it's a work in progress and for now we're still working with 3 different printers in the USA. In some cases that means, your order comes via 3 different printers. But fear not, if you received one item already, your next one should arrive within 72 hours.
Of course, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after 3 days your others items have not arrived. We will get on it!
Duties and Taxes payable by the customer at point of entry may apply to international orders. Unfortunately there are no strong rules or reasoning behind as to why some orders get charged and some don't. At this point you cannot pre-pay import charges at checkout. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding!
Once the order is placed, its final. Changes or cancellation can not be made once the order is placed. Please please double check your order before you place it.
We will always do our best to accommodate any request. Thank you for understanding when we can't!
If the address on your order is incorrect, we advise you to reroute the package through the carrier's tracking page once shipped. The Happy Givers is not responsible to reroute and reship any orders if wrong shipping address was provided.
Our products are made in the USA and printed in Puerto Rico.
We partner with apparel companies (Bella Canvas, Next Level, and Gildan) that share the same values. In fact, the LA facilities have received platinum-level certification from W.R.A.P. (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), which is an independent group of social compliance experts that makes sure their factories are certified safe, lawful, humane, and ethical.
We print the product at the Happy Campus in Puerto Rico. Being sustainable and eco-friendly is very important to us. We use 100% biodegradable water-based inks that are 100% non-hazardous, toxin-free, and meet the strictest industry standards. We also employ from the local community, pay fair wages, provide training for their trades, and eat lunch together every day.
At minimum, we require that all our vendors and manufacturers to meet the following standards:
The Happy Givers and its vendors will not use child labor.
The term "child" refers to a person younger than fifteen (15) (or fourteen (14) where local law allows) or, if higher, the local legal minimum age for employment or the age for completing compulsory education. Manufacturers and vendors employing young persons who do not fall within the definition of "children" will also comply with any laws and regulations applicable to such persons.
The Happy Givers and its vendors will not use any forced or involuntary labor, whether prison, bonded indentured or otherwise.
Coercion and Harassment
The Happy Givers and its vendors will treat each employee with dignity and respect, and will not use corporal punishment, threats of violence or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
The Happy Givers and its vendors will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, political opinion or disability.
Health and Safety
The Happy Givers and its vendors will provide employees with a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, ensuring at a minimum, reasonable access to potable water and sanitary facilities, fire safety, and adequate lighting and ventilation.
Protection of the Environment
The Happy Givers and our vendors will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. Specifically, The Happy Givers is compliant with MIOSHA rules and regulations, as well as environmental requirements.
The Happy Givers and our vendors will comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those pertaining to the manufacture, pricing, sale and distribution of merchandise.
All references to "applicable laws and regulation" in this Code of Conduct include local and national codes, rules and regulations as well as applicable treaties and voluntary industry standards.
We take the utmost care with the information that you provide us when placing an order on our website. The server that hosts our store encrypts the transmission of all credit card and personal customer information using the Internet-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol. During the encryption process, information is scrambled into small bits of code that cannot be read as they travel to us over the Internet. All of the information you provide during the ordering process is restricted to our system. If you have further questions about the security of ordering online, please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com.
We LOVE giving discounts! So keep your eyes one to the top of the bar for weekly discounts, and stay connected all over our social media channels for special deals. Make sure you're using the discount that gives you the greatest amount of savings, because they are not stackable, meaning you can only apply one discount per order.
We fully fund a Children's home in Lima, Peru called Casa de Paz. We currently host 18 children and provide food, clean water, education and lots of love (plus, soccer and fun).
We have multiple relief projects in Puerto Rico. This includes home reconstruction, farm reconstruction, up-fitting houses that were destroyed by the storm and partnering with other non-profits to assist in the growing homelessness and suicide crisis in the island.
We are funding an orphanage in Addis called KVI (Kingdom Vision International). Our youngest daughter lived the first 4 years of her life there and we are passionate about the well-being of the remaining children.
We also spend 10% of our profits supporting the work of other non-profits... no strings attached.
When you purchase something from our store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address. When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system. Email marketing (if applicable): With your permission, we may send you emails about our store, new products and other updates.
SECTION 2 - CONSENT
How do you get my consent? When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only. If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.
How do I withdraw my consent? If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing us at: The Happy Givers 1104 Palma Dorada Village. Vega Alta. PR. 00692
SECTION 3 - DISCLOSURE
We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.
SECTION 4 - SHOPIFY
Our store is hosted on Shopify Inc. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you. Your data is stored through Shopify’s data storage, databases and the general Shopify application. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall.
Payment: If you choose a direct payment gateway to complete your purchase, then Shopify stores your credit card data. It is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Your purchase transaction data is stored only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase transaction. After that is complete, your purchase transaction information is deleted. All direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our store and its service providers. For more insight, you may also want to read Shopify’s Terms of Service (https://www.shopify.com/legal/terms) or Privacy Statement (https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy).
SECTION 5 - THIRD-PARTY SERVICES
Links When you click on links on our store, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.
SECTION 6 - SECURITY
To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. If you provide us with your credit card information, the information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.
SECTION 7 - COOKIES
Here is a list of cookies that we use. We’ve listed them here so you that you can choose if you want to opt-out of cookies or not. _session_id, unique token, sessional, Allows Shopify to store information about your session (referrer, landing page, etc). _shopify_visit, no data held, Persistent for 30 minutes from the last visit, Used by our website provider’s internal stats tracker to record the number of visits _shopify_uniq, no data held, expires midnight (relative to the visitor) of the next day, Counts the number of visits to a store by a single customer. cart, unique token, persistent for 2 weeks, Stores information about the contents of your cart. _secure_session_id, unique token, sessional storefront_digest, unique token, indefinite If the shop has a password, this is used to determine if the current visitor has access.
SECTION 8 - AGE OF CONSENT
By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.
QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our
Privacy Compliance Officer at email@example.com or by mail at The Happy Givers [Re: Privacy Compliance Officer] 1104 Palma Dorada Village. Vega Alta. PR. 00692
The Step by Step Guide To Starting Your Online Store
Last year I started TheHappyGivers.com.The idea was to self-fund our non-profit work through a cool platform that sold apparel and goods we believed in. And in just our second month, we began to see amazing results!
Our store sells between $50,000 to $65,000 every month. After production cost, we use 100% of the profits to fund our Children’s Home in Peru (Casa de Paz) and fund our ongoing relief work in Puerto Rico.
The income has been so good in the last 3 months, that we are now able to add on another project: supporting the orphanage in Ethiopia were our daughter used to live.
Now, it’s your turn!
If you’re wanting a store for your non-profit, or extra income for your family, or you have an idea that has the potential to generate a full-time salary… here is The Step By Step Guide To Your Online Store.
I use Shopify.com. It’s the easieste-commerce solution to sell your products online in a beautiful storefront designed with mobile in mind. I recommended it because I’ve tried various store solutions and Shopify beats them all. The payment integrations and template library beats their competitors. Also, they have a great app for your phone and amazing customer service.
Ok, you ready?
1. Sign Up with Shopify:
Signing up with Shopify and starting your store is super easy and they offer a 14 day free trial to get you started. To start, CLICK HERE and create your account.
Enter your information and click ‘Create your store now’.
Note that your store name needs to be distinctive or Shopify will ask you to choose something else.
After this, you’ll be asked for a few more details, these include your name, address, country and a contact number.
You will also be asked if you have products and, if so, what you aim to sell.
Once complete, click ‘I’m done’.
2. Begin Setting Up Your Shop:
After you’ve signed up you’ll be directed straight to your store admin screen. Now you are ready to start customising your store’s look, uploading products and setting up payments and shipping.
* Your home admin screen tells you all you need to know to get you up and running.
3. Select a “Theme” or “Layout”:
Shopify has its own theme store and the themes are all guaranteed to have full support from the designers.
Also, all the themes come with a comprehensive list of modifications you can make without having to touch a line of code. The premium themes come with more modifications, but that’s not to say you can’t achieve a great looking site with a free one. These changes are outlined in the next section.
If you want to make wholesale changes to a theme, there are very few limitations on what can be achieved by accessing the HTML and CSS. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any coding experience. Shopify has an international team of design agencies they call ‘Shopify Experts’ that you can hire to fully customise your site.
To find a theme that suits your needs we recommend the following:
1. Look Through the Theme Store
Log into Shopify and visit the Shopify Theme Store at themes.shopify.com. Here you’ll find over 180 theme variations to choose from, including a good selection of free ones.
You can filter by paid or free, industry and by features. You can also sort themes by price, popularity, and most recent.
* The Shopify Theme Store.
2. Check the functionality and reviews
Once you’ve found a theme you like, click on the theme’s sample image. You’ll be given more information about the theme, such as whether the theme is responsive/mobile ready among other features.
Scroll down to read some reviews to find out what e-tailers using the theme think of it.
3. Preview the theme
To see the theme in action, click View Demo. You’ll see this below the green ‘Preview Theme in your Store’ button.
If the theme comes in a range of styles, you can also view demos of the different styles by clicking on them.
4. Install The Theme:
Once you’ve found a theme you like, click the green button.
Shopify will ask you to confirm that you want to install the theme.
Click Publish as my Shop’s Theme.
Don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure it’s the right theme for you. You can always change your mind later.
After the theme has installed, Shopify will let you know, and will give you the option to Go to your Theme Manager. Click this.
Your theme manager shows published themes (the one you installed or activated most recently) and unpublished themes below (previously installed themes).
4. Edit Shopify Settings
The majority of Shopify themes allow you to make simple changes that can massively change the appearance of your store, so you can rest assured knowing you won’t end up with a website that looks like a clone of thousands of other stores.
* These stores were all built using the same theme.
On your admin screen, select ‘Themes’ from the left hand navigation menu. On this page you will see your live theme in a box at the top, in the top right hand corner of that box will be two buttons. The first one is of three dots, which gives you some basic settings changes. One of these allows you to make a duplicate of the theme. We highly recommend you do this incase you make some changes you don’t like, then you can delete the duplicate and start again. The second button says ‘Customize Theme’. If you click that you will be taken to a page that controls all the basic functionality of your store. This is a great time for you to have a thorough play with the settings and test out all the features so you can find out what your site is capable of.
* Your themes custom settings.
*Changing colors in your theme.
The most common features will include:
Uploading slides to a homepage carousel
Adding related item functionality to product pages
Choosing how many items appear on each line of the collection pages
Some themes will also allow you to reposition elements on pages such as showing product images on the left, right or center of the page. You can also choose whether you want to display social like/tweet/pin/+1 buttons.
5. Add Your Products to The Store
Again, navigating from the bar on the left select ‘Products’. You will then see a blue ‘Add a product’ button in the top right hand corner of the page. Use the following screen to add as much detail as needed about your products. Especially look at those that will help with SEO such as name, description and URL. Also include as much detail about variants as possible to help inform customers about your items.
This is also the screen where you upload product pictures. Once the images are uploaded you can rearrange them so don’t worry about uploading them in any particular order.
* The Product screen. Make sure you fill out as much information as possible.
Product images can make a sale so make sure you show your products off to their best and highlight any special or unique features with close up photos. To keep your store looking tidy we suggest you keep all images the same dimensions. Unless of course you plan to make your collection pages look like a Pinterest board.
Once everything is filled out always remember to click the ‘Save product’ button in the top and bottom right hand corners.
Set up collections (group of products)
A collection is any group of products that have some feature in common that customers might look for when visiting your store. For example, your customers might be shopping for:
Clothes specifically for men, women, or children
Items of a certain type, such as lamps, cushions, or rugs
Items on sale
Items in a certain size or color
Seasonal products such as holiday cards and decorations.
Products can appear in any number of collections. Usually, you would display your collections on your homepage and in the navigation bar. This helps customers find what they’re looking for without having to click through your whole catalog.
* The Collection set up screen works in exactly the same way as the Product screen
Manual and automatic collections:
When you add a new collection, you can select how products should be added to it. These are the two options:
Manually - You add and remove products in a manual collection individually.
Automatically - You can set up selection conditions to automatically include products that meet certain criteria.
A payment gateway allows you to take payment from your customers via your website. The price and commission rate is important, but it’s also important to see what features they offer. Not all payment gateways are created equal.
You need to look at the following when choosing the right payment gateway for you.
When you take a payment, some gateways will keep a small percentage or flat fee (or sometimes both) for letting you use their service. Compare these based on what your anticipated sales are.
You need to know what types of card are accepted by your chosen Payment Gateway. All accept VISA and Mastercard, while most accept American Express. Paypal is also becoming popular for online payments.
Some gateways will take the payment on their own servers via their own form. This means the customer is taken away from your checkout and they pay on the form provided by your payment gateway. They are then redirected to your confirmation page once the customer successfully pays. This allows you to have a bit more control of the checkout process. Now you can circumvent Shopify’s limitations in that they don’t let you customise the checkout other than with CSS.
Payment gateway transaction fees are added on top of Shopify’s own transaction fees. However as of November stores based in the US and UK can use Shopify Payments. Depending upon your Shopify plan, you can save on these extra costs. Relative to your plan you will receive these highly appealing rates.
Basic 2.4% + 20p
Professional 2.1% + 20p
Unlimited 1.8% + 20p
Depending on how many transactions you make every month it could be worth upgrading to take advantage of these savings.
If you live in the US or UK your store will automatically use Shopify Payments. To complete this, click the ‘Complete Shopify Payments account setup’ button found in Settings > Payments. If you wish to use a third party gateway you can use the ‘enable payment gateways’ link on the same page.
6. Go “LIVE”
Before your site can go live you need to add a few more details about your company and how you plan to make deliveries and pay tax.
Make sure all your business information is filled out on this page. Also make sure to make use of the Google Analytics feature. This can prove to be an invaluable source for tracking your stores visitors.
Scroll down to the section called “Inventory & variants”.
Click on the edit link next to your Product Variant to open a dialog window.
Make sure the checkboxes next to Charge taxes and Requires shipping are checked if you need to include these with your products.
Some stores won’t need to charge taxes or shipping on products like digital goods. On the other hand, a T-shirt store will likely need to charge both.
If you are planning to ship your product to customers, make sure to enter the product’s weight in the appropriate field.
If your shipping rates are too narrow, or you don’t give enough options, you may lose out on some sales. Shopify will only calculate a shipping rate for your customers based on the rules that you define in the Shipping page of the admin. To make sure you won’t lose any sales:
In the “Shipping rates” section, look to see if you have set a weight-based shipping rate and adjust it according to your product’s specifications.
7. Consider Buying a Domain Name
To get your site live you’ll need a domain name. You have two choices for this. Firstly you can buy a domain from Shopify and it will be added to your store automatically. This saves you time, especially if you have no knowledge of hosting a website. These domains typically cost $9-$14 USD per year. Your second option is to purchase a domain from a third party such as GoDaddy. These domains start from $1.99 USD a year. The downside is that you’ll have to redirect the DNS records yourself which can seem daunting at first.
Now that you have your store, keep playing around with ideas, templates and products. Trust me, it works! If you’re passionate about it and share it with your friends and family… soon, you will find yourself being successful as an online entrepreneur.