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Inlu Luvs Mama!

by Inlu Blog Patrol on April 18, 2013

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Mother’s Day is all about loving your mom.  But like so many, our families are spread out across the U.S. if not the world.  My sister is in California, my brother is in New Jersey, and I’m up here in Vermont.  It makes it hard to celebrate together.

Enter Inlu.

We love pitching in for mom.  One year it was a huge bouquet of flowers from a neighborhood florist.  One year – I think my favorite – we all pitched in for this amazing ice cream maker which she discovered, and mentioned a few times…  (Mom’s Mint Oreo Ice Cream is my favorite.)

It’s just another way Inlu can help streamline the giving for something more meaningful.  Moms everywhere can feel the love and you can feel like a favorite.

Click here to see this live sample:

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Select either the CASH COLLECTION or GIFT COLLECTION option and have the funds sent to yourself or a sibling who will make the gift purchase.  Or you can send the funds direct to Mom along with your keepsake messages from everyone.

And as always in Inlu-land, you can all pitch in to support her favorite charity too.  One Mother (Earth) of a gift.

Be a favorite.   Inlu for your mama.


Easy Student Travel Fund(raising)

by Inlu Blog Patrol on March 29, 2013


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Do you have a student who’s saving up for a class trip overseas?  Or maybe a school band saving to perform at Carnegie Hall?  It sure isn’t cheap!  But it’s the chance of a lifetime… and a time for them to learn how to earn it.

Inlu is here to help.  Parents and travelers-to-be can create event invitations – perhaps an “in lieu of brithday gifts” party? – or simply a cash collection.

Share it with those who might be interested is helping your traveler, and monitor the funds up-to-the-minute in your private dashboard.

Inlu holds the funds until the collection end date you set, then issues the funds as you direct.  Generally, funds are sent to a parent who deposits the check directly in their student’s account.  Or, perhaps you’ve already laid out the cash in previously paid deposits, these funds can be your reimbursement.

Here are two samples to get
your creative juices flowing.

Inlus are as private as you want them to be.  Share with only a private group via email, or post your custom Inlu URL in your own social media tools.  (It’s your own personal crowdfunding tool!)

Contributors can donate any amount they wish.  They can even choose to either add or subtract the Inlu transaction fee, a flat 99¢ + our third party credit card processing fee.  They see the total fee and can manage their payment at the time of check out.  (Click here, select RSVP, and see for yourself.)

It’s also a good idea to offer an address that people can mail a check directly to you if they prefer to donate that way.  (There’s no fee for this.)  Everyone can even sign the traveler’s message wall with a big “Bon Voyage!”

And because etiquette always matters… students can thank everyone involved right from the dashboard.

Have questions?  By all means email us at  We love to help.  Or get started right now!  :)


Share Holiday Wishlists… and relax.

by Inlu Blog Patrol on December 8, 2012


Not looking for a pair of pink fuzzy bunny PJs?
(RE our favorite holiday movie – and now a playA Christmas Story)

If you’re looking to give (and receive) what is truly wanted this Holiday – while you reduce waste, and remove hassle from the holiday gifting equation -

Than, Inlu.  Share holiday wishlists, pitch in and sign each others cards, and keep the gifting funding in your local economy…   All good.  Here’s how.

Create a “GIFT” Inlu collection listing a special item each member of your household is hoping for.

Direct the funds to you, then share your Inlu with your family, and let them pitch in.

Ask your spread-across-the-country family to create their own Inlus doing the same, and pitch in to theirs.

Go out and shop locally to purchase the items you placed on your wishlist as you watch the contributions toward them come in.  (Consider the contributions a reimbursement you’ll receive later.)

Wrap the special items you bring home to place them under the tree (or where ever) and print the keepsake card everyone one signed.  Voila.

When the time finally comes to open the gifts, you’ll know that what was truly wanted is received by all of your family.

Click here to LEARN MORE.  And watch this VIDEO for more…

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We Love User Testimonials!

by Inlu Blog Patrol on November 4, 2012



Thank you Kerrin for sharing your Inlu experience!

“I have to tell you how easy and successful our coaches gift money raising collection was this year with Inlu!!!  I didn’t even set it up until after the season was over and I think we brought in more money than we ever have before….plus I didn’t have to pester anyone on the sidelines!  Thank you so much for creating this business!  Somehow, every year in football season, I end up being the one that organizes this effort and it’s such a pain in the neck.  This year it was a piece of cake!”

Let Inlu help streamline YOUR collection efforts!
Questions:   We’re here for you!


What type of collection are YOU creating?

by Inlu Blog Patrol on October 6, 2012


Thanks to idea sharing with, and feedback from our Inlu users, we are thrilled to offer an enhancement to our service.  There are now three distinct types of collections you can create using Inlu.

The Gift Collection…
When you want to celebrate an occasion and give a gift in a more meaningful (and planet friendly) way choose the Gift Collection.   You can invite people to ‘in lieu of’ traditional gifting, give instead together toward something truly wanted.  The result: you see the joy (really) in receiving that special something, you see your guests get to enjoy the occasion without the hassle of the pre-party gifting runaround, and in the end, you feel pretty darn good.  A great solution, and everyone is happy.  SEE A GIFT COLLECTION SAMPLE.

The Gift Certificate Collection Option…
One step up is to use our Group Gift Certificate option by selecting a gift certificate for the perfect gift: a beautiful portrait session for the mom-to-be, a shop-till-you-drop for your favorite outdoor adventure seeker,  the perfect way to say “Thank you, teacher.” with a little something… fabulous, or perhaps a night of freaking yumminess for a well deserved friend (who might invite you to come along with!).

The NEW Cash Collection Option…
But sometimes, the need is to simply streamline the process of pitching in, in lieu of checks, in lieu of bake sales, in lieu of… wondering how the heck to bring your dream project to life.  THAT is when you can create a Cash Collection.  Straight up.  Invite YOUR PEOPLE:  be it your friends and family, your neighbors, your Facebook friends, even your outreach to mega-bloggers around the globe.  Let them know what your up to and make it easy for them to pitch in.  

With any type of Inlu, the sharing is easy and the result is meaningful.  That’s why our team’s mantra is “Every Inlu makes a difference.”  It does to us… and we like to believe it does to our Mother Earth too.  So bring it on people.  Group give for a happier planet. Yeah!

As always, we’re here for you:


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And the answer is…

by Inlu Blog Patrol on September 17, 2012



So I’m talking to someone about Inlu and prepare for the frequently asked question: “What is Inlu in five words or less.”

Sure we have a tagline:  “Group giving for a happier planet.”  And a true line (our internal mantra): “Every Inlu makes a difference.”  But these seem to make more sense when you already know what Inlu is.  I’m not a great writer, and I find this 5-word challenge to be very difficult.

The person I’m speaking with just had a baby.
I just had a baby… going on 15 years ago.

I started thinking about the difference in our lives… and that is when I figured it out.
The answer to Inlu is 294.

(Yes. I am also a fan of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams for those of you being hit with a sense of familiarity.)

294.  Why?
For all of you who have just had that first little bundle of love enter your life… get ready to give.

You’ll give more LOVE than you ever knew you had.  You’ll give more TIME inside 24 hours than you ever thought possible.  And… you’ll give MONEY more frequently than any high powered budget forecaster will ever predict for you.  In fact, add another child or 2 to your family, and you’ll be amazed.

We estimate that in the next 15 years you’ll…

- give for 108 children’s birthday gifts (in addition to giving to your own kids)

- give to over 84 school related needs

- give for 21 teacher thank yous

- and probably just as many coaches & team related needs (21)

- you’ll help welcome 15 babies

- you’ll see 10 brides sparkle

- and you might help say goodbye to 5 people

- perhaps at least 5 times you’ll be the one friend someone will count on to help them celebrate something significant: be it a big birthday, a promotion, a move, a first marathon

- you might need to comfort 5 friends who’s paths haven’t gone quite as planned

- you might see 5 friends experience unexpected medical issues that need support

- but you’ll also see friends – and even their kids – working to bring dreams to life… either to support a cause they care about (let’s say 5 times)…

- or start their own non-profit to save the world in their own special way (5)

- and even see friends go for the impossible, by starting their own business (another 5).

When you put this all together… it brings you to 294 times across 15 years that you will want and need to give toward something special.

Since we went live three years ago, we have seen people use Inlu for all of these reasons… and more, to make the giving easier as a group.  To give what’s truly wanted and needed, while streamlining the process,  so instead they can focus on their own magical, human story as it unfolds.

So, when someone asks YOU what Inlu is… Just say “294.  Check it out…

Thank you.


P.S.  Happy 3rd Birthday Inlu.  I’m so glad you’re part of my human story.


Teens Create Their Own Opportunities: The Story of Spotted Pup Productions

September 10, 2012

    My name is Noa Saunders and I’m a 15 year old theater rat!  I’ve been crazy about musical theater for as long I can remember. I started performing in community shows when I was seven years old and since then I have been in more than 30 theatrical productions and countless dance and [...]

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Parent Patrol made easy…

April 20, 2012

    Check out our new segment specifically for parents! It’s filled with examples of how Inlu can help parents streamline giving, ease the collection process for school efforts and more, and give their kids a chance to make a powerful difference. (See some Inlu kids feeling the pride of empowerment here.) We’re working on [...]

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User Question: Can Inlu help streamline when there are multiple Wedding Registries?

March 17, 2012

    Yes! Inlu is the perfect way to simplify the giving process when there are multiple wedding registries.  Think about it this way:   An Inlu collection is really a ‘jelly jar’ that either the organizer or the honoree can ultimately use for whatever is wanted. IF you simply want to alert friends about an [...]

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Friendly (Fluffy) Reminder: Buy LOCAL Gifts!

November 26, 2011
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