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As many of you know, the Tom of Finland Company Gallery and Store in Silverlake closed late last fall, and has moved into an office on the property at Laveta Terrace, which is also the site of the Foundation headquarters. I've found that even people who have been involved in our activities for many years, often have trouble distinguishing between the Tom of Finland Company and the Tom of Finland Foundation, so this is probably as good a time as any to reiterate what each entity is.

The Tom of Finland Company was formed by Tom and myself in 1978, for the purpose of taking charge of Tom's work. Tom's drawings were being used, without his permission in many cases, in publications all over the world. Working together we stopped the piracy and created publications so Tom could benefit directly from his work. Since Tom's death in 1991, the Company has been my main source of income, and has evolved into a special-interest mail-order business selling products created by the Company and other vendors, featuring Tom as well as other artists.

Tom and I created The Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984, for the purpose of preserving his work for posterity. Soon after we started the Foundation, we broadened its mission to include protecting, preserving, and promoting all erotic art, and since then we have assisted hundreds of artists around the world.

The Company is a for-profit entity, which makes its money selling merchandise, including videos, books, T-shirts and the like; and also by throwing “event” parties, sometimes in association with other promoters. “Butt Boys” parties are Company events, as are “Man-O-Rama” and the “Butch Ball”. Though the Foundation sometimes receives a donation from the proceeds of these events, they are commercial events produced by the Tom of Finland Company. Watch for more parties nationwide, as well as new video projects and an expanded website in 2001. You can access a complete line of Tom of Finland, Etienne, The Hun, and many other erotic artists' work at the company's website www.eroticarts.com, or by phoning 1-800-3-FINLAND. The Company owns publishing rights to Tom's works and invests in manufacturing products and negotiating licensing agreements, involving Tom's imagery and name, which generate royalty revenues for both the Company and the Foundation.

The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, which survives through membership fees and donations, as well as a few fund-raising events throughout the year. “Tom's Bar” is a Foundation fundraiser; the annual Erotic Art Weekend is both a fundraiser and service program for the artists and public. It's designed to raise revenue through public entrance fees and a small percentage of all artists' sales. The net proceeds vary from year to year, depending on sales, attendance, and overall production costs. And, of course, those of you who pay membership dues and make additional tax-deductible donations help the Foundation the most by providing the main source of operating revenue.

For those of you wondering about the Tom of Finland Clothing Company, that was a totally separate entity which licensed the “Tom of Finland” name and paid royalties to both the Company and the Foundation. Unfortunately, it was not adequately financed to undertake such a major endeavor, and recently went out of business in its fourth year of operations.

I hope this helps those of you who were confused to understand better what the differences are between the Company and the Foundation. - Durk Dehner


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