Organizations I Support

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.

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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.

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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
  • CAARE
  • Florida Parrot Rescue
  • Ollie’s Parrot Perch
  • Casey’s Nest
  • MAARS
  • 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.  🙂

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