During his lifetime, Thomas Kinkade dedicated countless hours to raising funds and awareness for many charitable organizations around the world. He selflessly gave his time and talent in the pursuit of helping those in need. The Thomas Kinkade Company is committed to carrying on Thom’s vision of Sharing the Light and assisting community organizations that are making a difference in people’s lives.
Thom’s Charity Affiliations
Early in his career Thomas Kinkade realized the impact his artwork could make when Rotary International asked for his help in raising funds for their various charities. Thom painted The Rotary Meeting, with all proceeds of the sales going to the Rotary Club. This print is still being sold today and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the many community charities that Rotary International supports.
When Thom and his family visited Guatemala in 1999, they saw first-hand the poverty and hardships that thousands of families were enduring. In response, Thom, Nanette, and their loyal Thomas Kinkade Gallery owners partnered with World Vision. Thom painted Bridge of Faith, and the Thomas Kinkade network sold Open Edition prints, raising enough money to support 60,000 children and to build a library and medical center in Guatemala.
When America faced some of the biggest struggles in its history, Thom stepped forward to help Americans who were suffering. After the tragedy of 9/11, he painted The Light of Freedom and The Season of Giving. The Thomas Kinkade Company donated the proceeds from these two pieces to the Salvation Army’s Ground Zero Relief Fund. In total Thom, raised $2 Million for the victims of the September 11th tragedy with the sales of these paintings.
Thom went on to help the families affected by Hurricane Katrina in a similar way. In 2005, he was appointed to be an Ambassador of Light for the Points of Light Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging Americans more effectively in volunteer service to help solve serious social problems. When Hurricane Katrina affected the residents of the Gulf Coast, Thom raised $600,000 for the families who had lost their homes and loved ones in this tragedy. Over a two year period, Thom raised $1 Million for the Points of Light Foundation and the local community charities it supported.
For the rest of his life, Thomas Kinkade consistently reached out to help both national charities and local community organizations. As the 2003/2004 National Spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he raised over $750,000 and granted wishes for many children with life-threatening illnesses. Likewise, he donated his time and talent to help the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, Presley Place, NASCAR’s Victory Junction Gang Camp, and the San Francisco Giants Community Fund, among many others. It was common to see Thom visiting a local hospital to paint with children undergoing treatment or taking the time to mentor future artists. His heart was limitless, and he took great joy in helping others however he could.
The Thomas Kinkade Company’s Commitment
The Thomas Kinkade Company strongly believes in active community involvement. We are committed to work in our community and help bring about positive change. Both as a company and at an individual level, we support many national and local community programs and encourage our employees to also volunteer their time and talent.
As a company, we are dedicated to carrying on Thom’s mission of making a difference where ever we can. Each year we help thousands of people through sponsorships and donations of time, Thomas Kinkade artwork, and art materials for youth. We believe that as a company and as individual team members we can affect change through community outreach.