Donating Your Art...Beneficial or Not?

Supporting a cause can be a rewarding experience.  However, is donatlng your artwork rewarding? Is it worth it?

Organizations, groups, and charities will often solicit artists for donations.  In return, you get exposure, tax write-offs and the pride of having helped out a worthy cause.  Sounds good.

Well, many times pride is the only thing you’ll receive in return.  And once you donate you’ll be hounded for more donations from more and more organizations.  The tax write-offs are for materials only.  This means you will lose out on all the hours you have invested in creating the piece, making the deduction minuscule from a purely economic perspective.  

The best advice I can give you is if you are going to donate, do so expecting only to receive the good feeling for having done so.  If possible, donate to causes/charities that are somehow related to your work.  If you can tailor your work to fit the cause do so.  For example, if you are a pet portrait artists or your style works with painting animals, donate those types of pieces to organizations supporting animals.  

Feel free to leave your experience with donating art good or bad.  Comments welcome.