giving back

As part of a commitment to creating a better world, a portion of proceeds is donated to local nonprofit groups.

The support of clients, promoters, and friends allows us to make small contributions to volunteer firefighters, food pantries, animal shelters, environmental groups and more.

Originally, the donations were calculated as 10% of gross receipts, but as overhead expenses grew, adjustments had to be made.

Donations are now done thus:

Some items are auctioned on eBay, with the donation percentage and specific nonprofit stated.  These contributions are paid automatically, about 30 days after purchase.  The donation percentage per auction item varies, and typically a new nonprofit is featured each 30 to 60 days.

At the end of the year, gross receipts from, soulbearing on, and the artist's eBay auctions are calculated and direct expenses are deducted (such as materials, website maintenance, transaction fees, shipping costs, and feeding the artist).

The remaining total is then multiplied by 10%.  Then the donations made via eBay auctions are totaled and deducted from that 10%.  If the end result is a positive balance, that amount is donated to a nonprofit group.  (If the final total is a negative amount, it means we already gave more than 10% of net proceeds to local nonprofit groups!!)

Latest Top (7) News

i’m back! (or.. the downs, the ups, and the eternal gratitude)
Some readers have noticed it has been quite some time since my last post, and since the website was last updated.  While I’d like to say I was away on some exotic photo shoot or relaxing at an art retreat, the truth is I have been struggling with a severe bout of depression. When my […]

Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:56:47 +0000

november’s recipient: transitions family violence services
“The mission of Transitions Family Violence Services is to build safe and healthy families on the Virginia Peninsula. The agency assists adult and child victims through the provision of shelter, counseling and advocacy services. We work to increase awareness of domestic violence and provide opportunities for community members to participate in our mission.”   It […]

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:01:03 +0000

October’s Recipient: Nokesville 4-H Club
Usually, the nonprofits featured here are smaller and closer to home. However, 4-H is a fabulous organization performing many valuable services, and this Bristow chapter is not so far away. So, for the month of October, at least 10% of my eBay auctions will be donated to Nokesville 4-H Club.  (And, it is highly appriopriate since the […]

Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:02:12 +0000

September’s Recipient: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
I know, I know. CBF was featured on this blog just a couple of months ago, and I normally choose a new nonprofit at the start of each month. However, there were no new eBay listings at the start of the month, and since new listings were posted in mid-month, I decided to re-feature one of […]

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 01:16:01 +0000

August’s Recipient: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
For the month of August, a portion of my eBay auctions will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Children are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers […]

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 20:28:07 +0000

July’s Recipient: Teens With a Purpose
For the month of July, a percentage of my ebay auctions will be donated to Teens With a Purpose. TWP’s mission is “to provide young people with a platform to empower their peers to use their voices, their energy, and their abilities to demonstrate the power to effect personal change, improve the lives of others, […]

Sun, 08 Jul 2012 18:53:20 +0000

June’s Recipient: Chesapeake Humane Society
When determining how advanced a society is, we often think of things like technology and architecture.  Perhaps we should also measure cultures’ advancement by how we treat the least fortunate and most helpless among us. Having encountered and even adopted several stray and abandoned pets over the years, I think it is reasonable to say that these […]

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:23:14 +0000