Art Is Helping

Apr 12, 17 Art Is Helping

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After receiving almost two letters a day from non-profits searching for donations, photographer Salem Krieger got frustrated with his inability to help all of the charities he wished to; that’s when Art is Helping was born. Launched just a couple weeks before Christmas, the organization hopes to improve the way that artists and charitable organizations interact by providing art in exchange for donations.   The idea is simple, but has the potential to cause a lot of good; you search the site for some artwork that you like, pay for it, and select the charity you wish for the proceeds to benefit. The site’s mission statement says it all: “Art Is Helping brings artists and charitable organizations together. Supporting both non-profit organizations and the artists, buyers can purchase works of art while donating to charities of their choice.”   In order to build the site, Krieger had to reach out to people he thought would be able to help him build it from the ground up. When he spoke to Alan Dorow of Site Welder, the response was fantastic; Dorow would donate his time and resources to build and host the site for free, as his contribution to the website. Although all of this was falling into place rather perfectly, Krieger hit a bit of a hiccup when trying to legitimize the site’s ability to provide tax breaks from the donations to the site’s customers; That’s when Susan Brandt and Rational Animal joined the mix. Rational Animal is a charitable cause that “produces advocacy campaigns and community events to increase awareness and encourage support for animals in need.” Already established as a 501(c)(3), Rational Animal became the liaison for payments in order to provide tax exemptions for anyone who made an art purchase through the Art is Helping Site, not only helping Krieger’s mission, but creating a solid partnership between the two organizations.   It was also Krieger’s goal to provide the customer with only the best quality prints of the work they purchased, so he...

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