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April 8, 2019

Every person who has ever helped to organize a fundraiser has asked a business for gift cards or donations. You want your raffle table or silent auction options to look diverse, enticing and interesting enough for people to buy tickets and bid. Art is one of the most popular items to put among your spa gift cards, power tool sets and wine bottle baskets. That art may help you raise some money, but it isn't ethical to ask artists to donate the same way you ask other businesses to donate. Here are some of the reasons why:

1.) The value of the artist's work can be compromised. 

Art patrons treat art as an investment. Artwork's value is dependent on many factors, and one of those factors is a work's sale price. Winning artwork from a low bid at auction or as a $5 raffle prize can lower the value of piece of artwork. For example, if an individual pays $4,000 for a painting in a galle...

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