In 1984, Tom of Finland Foundation was established by Durk Dehner and his friend Tom (born Touko Laaksonen). As Tom of Finland had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation's original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response. Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.
Continued support from individuals such as you is crucial to the Foundation's survival and continued growth. Visible community support will greatly aid our volunteers in attracting corporate contributions and successfully applying for grants. Every dollar contributed and new membership will ensure the future protection of your right to view whatever art you choose.
The Foundation's greatest sustenance, however, comes from our loyal members and volunteers. Only by having a committed and active membership can we feel secure that our promise to uphold the goals of the Foundation will be sustained for posterity. Several levels of membership are available so that everyone may participate.
Aside from providing support, members create a sense of community and camaraderie with others who share their interests. As a member you will also receive the Foundation's eNews newsletter which will keep you informed of all Foundation activities and events with information on erotic artists, updates on new acquisitions to our permanent collection and our ever increasing library of international erotic artists past, present and emerging.
Donations of all sizes are always welcome, including from networking with your friends and business contacts to encourage further support. Donations can be earmarked for specific purposes, such as the Foundation's Marcello Lupetti Artist Fund.
Members also receive discounts on event admissions and Tom of Finland merchandise.
Individuals gathered together form a strong community.
TOM changed the world – let’s keep it a better place.