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Why You Should Print Your Nonprofit Products Overseas

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Print Nonprofit Products

Cost effectiveness is a priority for every organization when it comes to creating products to enhance the brand. But nonprofits, in particular, value economic efficiency in order to focus as much resource as possible toward furthering their cause and accomplishing the mission.

If you are contemplating product development to help boost your brand, offshore printing might very well be for you. Here are a couple of reasons why.

It's Cost Effective

The most obvious benefit of manufacturing and printing products overseas is financial savings. With large enough order quantities (minimums typically start at 1,000 units), you can see tremendous savings printing your products outside of the United States because of more cost effective labor rates.

Lower rates, of course, beg the question, "what about the working conditions for those who are being paid less?" That is a perfectly understandable question, and it's one we continually ask of our printing and manufacturing partners, as well.

In recent years, countries like China have worked extremely hard to develop and enforce laws that protect against harsh labor practices. The improvement in working conditions have been staggering, and that is one of the reasons we value our relationships with our plants. They care about supporting their workers and are committed to safe practices that value human life and flourishing in the workplace.

Working with such excellent partners is a great way to save money and produce great products overseas.


Another advantage to printing overseas is one simple word—variety! You can simply find more options offshore. And many times you can find options that are simply too expensive to produce Stateside but fit the budget when produced offshore.

Offshore printers often have a greater number of options, like

  • raw materials

  • binding options

  • foil colors

  • linen and fabric options

  • etc.

When you are looking to customize your products and create unique pieces for your donors or partner base to treasure for generations, more options can spur ideas or give you the ability to produce far more personalized or customized products.


A final perk is that, generally speaking, plants overseas offer an all inclusive price, while most North American plants often tack on additional fees, especially if they have to import the raw materials. However, Asia has a plethora of raw materials being transported from South America to the plants, which means the importing costs are already built into the price. And most of those plants will also generally build an option to add freight into their cost, as well.

Many overseas plants are simply outstanding partners, and many more state of the art plants have sprung up in recent years, leading to higher levels of competition, quality, and partnership. And that partnership can be just what you need to create the perfect product to enhance your brand and further your mission!


If you're ready to create brand-developing products that connect with your donors and partners and further your mission, CōDRA is the collaborative partner you need. Contact us here.


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