I believe it is important to stand for something that is important and bigger than yourself. My art is a platform to bring joy to people and to help make the world a better place.
In modern times when so many people are disconnected from the natural world in a technology-driven and overbusy lifestyle, I hope to be a reminder of the benefits that nature brings to every human being.
I also believe that children are the future and if we don't actively invest in them today, that humanity will suffer in the long run.
I can't imagine a future without flowers, trees, and the ability to hike outside in the clean, fresh air. I also can't imagine a future where our children didn't have the option to grow up healthy, strong, and with the hope of a promising future.
I donate 20% of my art sale profits to non-profit organizations that have a proven track record of helping make our world a better place. When you purchase a fine art Platinum HistographTM from me, you not only receive a valuable piece of original artwork, you also know that you are making the world a better place. After your purchase, I will send you an email asking you which organization you would like the donation to go to. I will then make that donation and then forward you the information for your records.
Top Children’s Groups To Donate To For a Better World
Newborns in Need
Last year, Newborns in Need volunteers distributed more than 350,000 pieces of clothing and baby gear to 2,000 hospitals, shelters, and families across the country.
Four years ago, single mom, Sue T. delivered her son Daron 14 weeks early. She was poor, alone, and by her own admission, "jaded and cynical." After searching everywhere for affordable clothing that would fit her preemie, she learned about Newborns in Need, which provides clothing and blankets for poor and premature babies.
"When the boxes arrived with the supplies I needed, it restored my faith in humanity," Sue recalls. Her situation improved, and today, she is a volunteer with the organization, helping other women and infants.
Canines for Disabled Kids
Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) is a relatively new charity, having begun only in 1998. This organization provides assistance dogs to children under age 12 who are autistic or have hearing or physical disabilities. Since its inception, CDK has placed sponsored over 90 assistance dogs. In addition to helping with the daily tasks of life, these assistance dogs provide companionship to the children and help them develop confidence and responsibility.
For more information about CDK, go to www.caninesforkids.org.
Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has a mission to ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Specific programs they focus on include children’s health insurance, summer and after-school enrichment programs, scholarships, and leadership development.
For more information about CDF, go to www.childrensdefense.org.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation is the world’s largest wish-granting organization. Since its beginning in 1980, this organization has granted more than 165,000 wishes. From an afternoon spent as a police officer or fireman to a visit to Disney World, the 25,000 volunteers who are part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation give ill children their greatest wishes.
To learn more about Make-a-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org.
March of Dimes
March of Dimes is an organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Founded in 1938 as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the original mission of the March of Dimes was to find a vaccine for polio and to care for polio victims. Since that initial success, it has also been instrumental in developing newborn screening tests, identifying healthy habits for pregnant women, pioneering fetal surgical techniques, and working to reduce premature births.
One of the major fundraisers sponsored by the March of Dimes is the annual WalkAmerica, which has helped raise more than $1.7 billion since its inception in 1970.
For more information about the March of Dimes, visit www.marchofdimes.com.
Top Environmental Groups To Donate To For a Better World
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council seeks to protect the basics—air, land, and water—and to defend endangered natural places, with an eye toward how these long-term decisions affect humans.
Top Programs: Climate, land, wildlife, water, oceans, energy, food, sustainable communities
Percent of expenses spent on programs: 83.6
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy protects ecologically important lands and waters around the world with the help of more than 500 staff scientists.
Top Programs: Climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems
Percent of expenses spent on programs: 71.2
Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of the Sierra Club’s charitable environmental programs and promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. The Sierra Club is the principal, though not exclusive, recipient of SCF’s charitable grants.
Top Programs: Beyond Coal, Chapter and Group Education Project, Our Wild America
Percent of expenses spent on programs: 88.5