|TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION|
OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
last issue of the Dispatch we wrote about the financial problems facing
the Foundation, and the response has been heartening.
We have enrolled some new recruits, and many of you sent in early
membership renewals and more importantly, upgraded to the next level
or included an additional donation.
Several Commanders matched their $250 dues with an additional
$250! There has been a
healthy response with inquires and some sales of Tom’s work from the
inventory that has been put aside for that purpose.
We have made progress, such as bringing back our grant writer
and the purchase of a new database program to catalog the more than
2,500 pieces in the Permanent Collection.
We still need your help! No matter what your financial situation is, there is always something you can do to help, even if it is only to encourage a few friends to donate, join or volunteer.
- Matthew Blouin, Administrator
We mentioned in the last Dispatch that the Foundation has always made original art by our co-founder Tom of Finland available for sale from time to time. These are works that were in Tom’s possession at the time of his death that he had already put on the market. They include pastels, linocuts, plus several hundred of his preliminary drawings. If you’re interested, please contact us, as the sale of these works assists us in keeping the Foundation office open and operating.
If cost is an issue, consider the last lithograph, seen here, that Tom did prior to his death: “Perfection”. The run was limited to 500, and Tom signed several hundred, which are available at $350. The remaining numbered, unsigned copies are stamped with the Foundation Seal of Authenticity, and are available for $50 each.
MORE SAD NEWS
IS THE FOUNDATION
IN YOUR WILL?
seem crass to discuss wills at such a time, but Marcello’s death provides
a textbook example of how advance planning enables someone to see that
his wishes are carried out, while benefiting the nonprofit Tom of Finland
years, many people have indicated a desire to leave works of art, as
well as cash and securities, to the Foundation.
While some have incorporated these wishes into their wills, others
never got around to putting them on paper, relying instead on heirs
to honor their (spoken) intentions.
A few years
ago, a longtime member announced he was leaving his extensive – and
valuable – art collection to us. But he died before drawing a new will, and – even though they
knew his intention – his relatives sold off the collection and divided
the proceeds among themselves.
Our friend’s wish to preserve his lifelong collection was thwarted.
you to consider adding a bequest to the Tom of Finland Foundation to
your will. Whether it is
art (which we love), or cash, securities, or real estate (which we need
to continue our work), your gift will be gratefully accepted, and will
be used to further the Foundation’s mission. And, of course, all contributions are tax-deductible.
prepared a brochure to answer all your questions, so please contact
us for a copy. Board Member
Doug Bedard, an attorney,
has volunteered to send any necessary paperwork directly to your lawyer,
who will make sure it fits the requirement of your state.
Please help us continue the work of the Foundation, now and forever.
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“I know my little ‘dirty drawings’ are never going to hang in the main salons of the Louvre, but it would be nice if — I would like to say ‘when,’ but I better say ‘if’ — our world learns to accept all the different ways of loving. Then maybe I could have a place in one of the smaller side rooms.” (1991) — Tom of Finland