I feel strongly about donating art to charitable causes that resonate with me personally. Donating art is one of the biggest ways I can show my support for a particular cause. I realize it’s not for everyone—some even consider it an unwise business decision—but for me, it’s a priority.
Art I’ve donated at art shows has been sold through charity auctions to support different causes, including youth art programs. As an artist, much of your love for art is found in youth. Providing opportunities for kids to discover their talent, their passion, and their escape in art is personal for me. I’ve been contacted by or have contacted groups raising money for causes like college scholarship programs, patron of the arts programs, and cancer research.
Typically, recipients of donated art hold a silent auction or raffle and sell the art to interested buyers. Bidders and purchasers are interested in the ítems and the cause, so it’s as a win-win for all involved. Buyers may end up purchasing more art from me, or someone else involved with the charity may buy something. I don’t donate to receive residual business, but there’s always that chance. As an artist, I’m happy to let my artwork be my contribution to a cause, especially when time is in short supply. Plus it allows my art to find new fans.
Donated pieces don’t have to be the biggest in your collection. Maybe use one that’s been in your collection for some time and you want it to finally find a good home. The important thing is to support the causes and events you find are trying to make positive changes. Sometimes a little research can turn you on to a whole world of charities you never even knew existed.