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Big Inspiration in a Small Package

In the mid-1980’s, Compendium’s founder Dan Zadra watched as McDonald’s updated its slogan to read “50 Billion Served.” He remembers thinking, as he stood on a Seattle sidewalk, “If someone can serve up 50 billion burgers, someone else ought to be able to find a way to serve the world something a little more inspiring.” Later that week, Dan wrote “One Billion Messages of Hope and Inspiration Served,” on his white board. He knew that the moment you set your dream to paper, you invite the world around you to help you make that dream come true.

Within a few months, we designed our first “window card.” The concept was simple: Hide a message of hope and inspiration behind a die-cut window in a small pop-open card. And then encourage people to give them away to others.



People all across the country quickly discovered our powerful little cards. Within the first year, we circulated almost 10 million cards, and the numbers just kept growing. Our cards were carried into space by American astronauts, to the top of Mt. Everest with international climbing teams, to the bottom of the ocean with U.S. submarine crews. Our cards were handed out at Ground Zero to help raise the spirits of the courageous 9/11 response teams. And our cards are given by parents and teachers to children, and to countless patients at hospitals and cancer treatments centers throughout the country.

And this season, we’re happy to introduce a newly designed version of these classic window cards—ThoughtFulls. Outside, you’ll find elegant designs to brighten you spirit and catch you attention. Inside you’ll find timeless messages of inspiration to capture your heart. It’s our same message of big inspiration housed in a new (and still charmingly small) package.


In the meantime, we’re making room for our new line by offering a close-out sale on our much loved, best-selling classic window cards. Check out our website for more details!

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