The WILD SALMON CENTER is an organization based in Portland, Oregon, USA, that works to protect wild salmon and their habitats in countries around the Pacific Rim. They establish agreements with governments to set aside Stronghold areas, rivers and ecosystems, which are protected from development so that wild salmon, other wildlife, and ecosystems can survive and thrive.
I have donated artwork and percentages of sales to benefit non-profit environmental and humanitarian organizations for over 25 years. Current and recent recipients include The Door County (WI) Land Trust, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Friendship Bridge; I have ongoing periodic support projects with each of these organizations. Some of my donation recipients are not nature organizations; however, I feel that everything on our planet is connected, and by supporting humanitarian organizations, which help people to survive terrible situations and improve their lives, this will also ultimately benefit the planet and its wildlife. Other organizations with which I work periodically include Wild Earth Guardians and the American Friends Service Committee. I held a benefit exhibition at the AFSC headquarters in Pasadena, CA; additional solo art shows benefitting Wild Earth Guardians, The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico, Friendship Bridge, and Medecins Sans Frontieres in Santa Fe, NM and in Door County, WI; I organized a 4-person exhibition in Santa Fe, NM, with 50% of artists' sales proceeds donated to Friendship Bridge, and I produced a line of greeting cards from some of my Guatemala paintings, sold by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and elsewhere, to benefit Friendship Bridge, an organization providing microcredit to indigenous women in rural Guatemala so they can improve their small businesses, send their children to school, and learn about family health care. By improving their lives in this way, they are able to live more successfully and to reduce the harmful impacts on their health and that of their environment so often brought about by extreme poverty.