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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 13, 2009
Los Angeles, CA


    The State of the Foundation


Dear Friends of the Foundation,

We have stemmed the immediate crisis. The Foundation is not losing the TOM House – our headquarters, museum and home for the past 25 years. The $25,000 needed to take the House out of foreclosure has been raised. That removes the pressing threat to Tom of Finland Foundation.

We want to thank our dear friends who immediately put into action the ways and means to assist us – both through their own contributions and by bringing new collectors to ToFF. Their support really moved me. The attention this crisis brought forth helped me realize that we have many friends that are willing to come to our aid. If you received and forwarded my earlier email, I hope you will send on this important update. Let everyone know we have survived this emergency.

This crisis situation has generated an attention and awareness that we have been asking of our public over the past year. It almost seems it took this level of need to wake everyone up to the peril that not only we, but all of our community's organizations, can fall into if they are not given financial backing.

The outpouring of offers, suggestions and support we are receiving is much appreciated and – as we resume our more normal operating mode – we continue to invite those who are interested in purchasing works to do so. We encourage all to become Members of the Foundation, upgrade existing memberships, and/or make an additional donation to our Artists or general funds.

Know that your commitment means you are making a statement: You belong to the tribe that celebrates itself through art that speaks of our nature. It is important that all who read this realize that cultural institutions, such as ours, rarely receive any grants or government funding. In order for our Foundation to avoid having such a close call again it is paramount that we all see how we can contribute to it to maintain a healthy, fiscally balanced, culture-rich and giving organization.

Please look at our present and past programs. Become active in your appreciation of what ToFF continues to offer the world. We have – and will remain – dedicated to art, the artists that create it, and how in enriches our lives.

Get out there and tell all your friends about the Tom of Finland Emerging Erotic Artist Contest. It is open for entries until November 31, 2009. The grand prize being an original Tom of Finland drawing.

Tom of Finland, both as an artist and as a man, desired that all be without shame or guilt in regards to being what we are naturally – sexual beings. Let us celebrate him and his mastery as a homosexual male artist. He belongs to the world and especially to the global GLBT community.

When Tom and I started the Foundation we set aside works whose sale would help with ToFF's operating expenses. Our mission continues to be to keep Tom's and others’ work out where it can be appreciated and enjoyed.

The bottom line of all of this is: we want to thank our friends for their generous support and ask everyone to take advantage of the Foundation. Make it strong. Make it yours.

And now the rains come and we’ve noticed a few leaks…

Durk

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