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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
“WHY DO YOU SELL ART?”
by Foundation President, Durk Dehner

Recently I was asked that question by someone who thought it odd that the Foundation, which collects art, also sells it. There is an explanation.

In the Foundation's permanent collection are many completed works by Tom of Finland. When Tom and I set up the Foundation, he brought to America more than 1,000 rough sketches. We knew the Foundation didn't need that many sketches, so we selected 500 to keep in the permanent collection, and determined that the rest could be offered for sale to help support the Foundation's work. Some of the money we realize from sales (through the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica) assists us in operating costs, some goes into the museum fund - but it's all geared toward fulfilling the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting erotic art.

Other erotic artists donate their work to the Foundation and many times give us the option of adding it to the permanent collection, selling it, or trading it with other facilities. Sometimes an artist specifically donates a work to be sold - it's his or her way of thanking the Foundation and assisting us with funds to continue providing the services we offer. When you see an auction of art at “Tom's Bar”, for example, you know that the work has been given to us for that purpose.

erotic party The Erotic Gallery by Mail, on the other hand, is a venture which provides revenue both to the artists and the Foundation. Works offered for sale through the Gallery belong to the artists, who request our help in offering them to the public. We share the proceeds, with the artists receiving 80% and the Foundation 20%.

< great work like that of Bastille is available for sale in the Erotic Art Gallery

The Tom of Finland Company is a for-profit business. It is separate from the Foundation and it is through its store, gallery, and Website, I make my living so that I can continue to work for the Foundation free of charge. If you have any questions about our operations, please ask. We want everyone to know how we function. The more you know, the more we think you'll agree that what we do to promote erotic art is unique and important!

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

How many times have you written a check to a non-profit organization, and wondered how it gets spent?

Whenever this subject comes up, I always encourage those with curious minds to take a closer look at the Foundation and get to know how we operate. If you look at our revenues and expenditures (I've listed them for the last three years in the accompanying chart) you'll see that we don't have much money to work with. We get by with one full-time office administrator, Mary Jane Richardson, and one part-timer, Dan Berkowitz. But, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, we get a lot accomplished with our limited resources, and we have ambitious plans for the year 2000 and beyond.

To realize those plans, though, we need to develop more resources, focus on fundraisers for the Foundation, and secure corporate sponsorships for our events and endeavors.

If any of you out there have access to new ways of fundraising, contacts we might pursue, or ideas for helping, we encourage you to come forward.

As an example, a group of Leathermen in Seattle are planning a fundraiser this March to coincide with Seattle's Leather Week. Another friend of the Foundation is working on a fundraiser which he will host in his home in Dallas, later this year. You can do it in your town and it can be a great way to enjoy an evening and make a significant contribution to the work of the Foundation at the same time.

by Durk Dehner

 

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Cathie Bagwell, as always, volunteers to handle all that cash from eager buyers at the Erotic Art Fair


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