As of September 2020, 10% of all sales through Penrose Press are being donated to various charities. I believe in sustainability. That means asking a price for art and books that pays contributors and myself fairly. Creatives are too often asked to work for free. Sustainability also means that instead of donating to my community when I eventually feel financially stable and well off (an ambiguous future state), I am building the donations into my business from this early stage, normalizing them for myself as I learn to be a better community member (a challenge during 2020 when community connection feels difficult if not imposible). You'll see below that a number of the charities repeat month to month. Over the last year, every time I collaborated with someone or used their image for a print, I prompted them to pick which charity received 10% of that particular project. Any sales that do not have a collaborator attached to them, I donate 10% to different charity each month.
Future donations will be recorded here for transparency.
December 2021 and January 2022
October and November 2021
July, August and September 2021
April and May 2021
The Old Brewery Mission works with Montreal’s homeless men and women, meeting their essential needs while finding practical and sustainable solutions to end chronic homelessness. They see a city where homelessness is prevented, treated and resolved for all. They provide a range of services that respond to the needs of Montreal’s homeless people as well as those at risk of becoming so, and endeavour to enable them to take control of their lives and assume their rightful place in the community.
Ola Bjelica--poet of The Solitudes chose Mission Old Brewery to receive 10% of the sales from her book forever.
Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to respect and basic human rights. Butterfly asserts that, regardless of their immigration status, Asian and migrant sex workers should be treated like all other workers.
Christie Wong--the photographer whose image I used as a reference for the layer-by-layer fundrasier in March chose Butterfly CSW as the charity to receive 50% of sales.
The mission of TENC is to promote awareness while providing education, support and resources nationally, for people with endometriosis and those whose lives it touches. In a strong, informed and compassionate community, you find hope. We aim to cultivate exactly this community of hope, in participation with the collective of individuals who comprise our incredible endometriosis community: endo fighters, support givers, practitioners, medical professionals, students, researchers, and advocates.
In March 2021 (Endometriosis awareness month) I will be donating 10% of all unspecified sales to TENC. I want widespread understanding of this condition so that all affected persons are believed and can get treatment quickly.
The Young Alberta Book Society's mission is to foster literacy and a love of reading among young people in Alberta through exposure to Alberta literary artists and their work.
From September 2020 - February 2021 I chose to donate 10% of all unspecified sales to YABS because I believe a love of reading is foundational to a plethora of life skills and human qualities. Reading means learning not just facts but empathy and imagination. These facets of personhood can lead a child or teen literally anywhere they wish to go.
RAVEN raises legal defence funds to assist First Nations who enforce their rights and title and protect their traditional territories. Through our educational programs, RAVEN transforms public awareness to eliminate environmental racism and create a collaborative new economy.
Evelyn chose RAVEN as the charity to receive 10% of sales of Conversations with the Ocean. Since both of us are working on this project from a settler perspective, we thought it important to acknowledge the original and continuing caretakers of the lands we live in.