A while ago I went to a lecture that Jessica Jackley gave at the University of British Columbia. Jackley founded a huge non-profit called Kiva that gives international micro-loaning. Throughout her lecture, what stood out the most for me what how clearly she talked about the importance of social entrepreneurship in business. She had built a non-profit, but believed that all companies (small and large) could integrate a social conscious and methods to giveback. I took that advice to heart, and over the last few years I have made sure that my art business is focus on giving back!
There are two main ways that my business and I give back:
- Donating artwork: I've donated a few pieces of artwork to galas and fundraising auctions over the years. The first one that I ever donated was to a non-profit called Trips For Kids. The non-profit is Vancouver-based and gives under at-risk youth the opportunity to pursue outdoor sports, especially mountain biking.
- Donation a portion of all of earnings: For every painting that I sell, I donate a percentage to send underprivileged children to overnight camps across Canada. When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to spend every summer at a YMCA camp. Now, as a successful business owner I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to YMCA programs across the country that allow all kids the chance to go to camp.
I'm grateful that I am in a place where I am able to give back and am always looking for new ways to integrate social entrepreneurship into my business! I'm always on the lookout for new charities and occasions to use my art to give back to the local and national community! If you have any opportunities in mind, then feel free to send me an email!