CHARITABLE PRINTING — LENDING A PRESS
The goods and services that Pictorial donates vary on the needs of the cause, be it prepress, printing or even mailing requirements. For instance, the printer produced flyers for the Miles for Matheny Walkin’, Wheelin’ and Runnin’ Event. The Matheny Medical and Educational Center, in Peapack, NJ, provides benefits and services for people with disabilities.
“While some organizations need cash, others need time and volunteers, and we can help with those too,” Samuels adds. “Not only the managing partners, but our employees, customers and supplier partners also get involved.”
One cause the printer has embraced came with the establishment of the Jay P. Samuels/Pictorial Offset-Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The fund provides annual merit scholarship awards to abut 50 outstanding upper class students at the school for maintaining high academic standards. To date, more than 1,400 merit awards have been presented.
Aside from donations to industry-specific causes, Pictorial has given support to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and its efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Pictorial provided print production for the complete annual donations statement mailing. The company also printed a brochure for a foundation named after a fallen 9/11 firefighter, Pat Lyons, which provides financial assistance to a number of charities and organizations that help children.
Online printing services provider Mimeo.com, founded in 1999, has quickly grown its sales to the $25 million range. Its headquarters is in New York City, but the production facility is housed in the shipping hub of Memphis, TN. Producing, among other things, training manuals and sales and marketing documents, Mimeo.com addresses the printing needs of industries such as banking, retail, leisure, telecom and healthcare.
A Good Neighbor
Mimeo.com may still be green around the ears as a business, but it is not lacking for social consciousness. According to CFO John Elbridge, the company provides free and discounted printing services to local charities as a way of giving back to the community.