|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
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
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…