In response to my post about how to respond to people who ask you for your art for free, Alicia Leeke was reminded of a newsletter I wrote about soliciting donations. After reading that article, Alicia listed the charities she supports and posted it to her website. Great idea! If people don’t see it first, she has a resource she can direct them to.
Alicia also created a standard letter to respond to requests for donation. She has given me permission to share it here. (I have added the phrase “to address my concerns” to the final sentence.)
Thank you for the opportunity to donate art to your organization. I have heard such good things about the work you do and I would be honored to have my name associated with yours. However, because the current U.S. tax laws are unfavorable to artist donations, I am only able to donate to those organizations in which the organization returns a percentage of the work back to the artists. I urge you to consider this as an option as you will receive better quality artwork. That way the artist is given a percentage of the art they create, the buyer gets the tax write off and you receive a donation.
If your policy changes to address my concerns, I would be glad to participate.
I got this idea from your newsletter and it worked surprisingly to my advantage in selling one of my prints at a price that was fair to the market and to me and not devalue the work. The finished piece was a framed print of a palm that was 24 x 24 [pictured here], double matted and framed with glass, so they got a very large quality piece they might not have otherwise gotten had it been a straight donation.