In my studio fundraiser, I mentioned having supported many charitable organizations in the past. This is true! Before I formally organized my art into a cohesive brand, I painted a lot under an online store I used to run, called Birdbrain Gifts. The graphic above — not a current offer — is from the website during a rescue special month.
I supported in two ways:
Every other month, I donated half of my profits to the rescue of the customer’s choice.
I did quarterly art auctions, each time benefiting a different parrot rescue. I would donate 100% of the proceeds of my pieces to this rescue, and I invited other artists to include their pieces if they would also share with the rescue.
Using these methods, I was able to donate thousands of dollars to rescues badly in need of supplies to house the parrots they were supporting.
Here’s a partial list of Parrot Rescues who benefited:
- Wings of Love Parrot Rescue
- Ziggy’s Haven
- A Parrot’s Perch
- Miss Vicki’s Parrot Village
- Michigan Feathered Friends Forever
- Best Friends Animal Society Parrot Garden
- Mickaboo Rescue
- The Oasis
- Florida Parrot Rescue
- Ollie’s Parrot Perch
- Casey’s Nest
- Feathered Friends Wisconsin
- Feathered Sanctuary Pennsylvania
I have also donated my work, or a portion of my proceeds, to the following organizations:
- Party with a Purpose, Waterloo IA
- Asheville Cat Weirdos Emergency Fund
- Save the Blues Foundation
- Ehlers-Danlos Foundation
- Asheville Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Support Group
and others I can’t recall, including personal, medical and school fundraisers.
I honestly don’t recall a lot of the charitable giving I have done because, aside for these – because I kept scrupulous records for my auction and Birdbrain Gifts patrons – I don’t keep track. I am uncomfortable even making a list like this because the best giving happens in absolute silence. I don’t want praise for these things because it’s the right thing to do.
BUT – I do want to be able to continue!
So what now? What do you plan to do?
Well, for starters, I want to have the space to get organized and stay organized so that I can pursue more opportunities for giving like this.
I want to be able to do big pieces and raise awareness and funds for other causes I’m passionate about.
I want to be able to make a difference in a space entirely dedicated to my work.
I want to bring art to people who wouldn’t experience it otherwise.
I want to bring more joy to more people in as many ways as I can.
I hope this answers your questions. 🙂