Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dollar for dollar donation?

No compensation is collected for any member of the Dorian Gray Youth Foundation. We do our best to not create any overhead costs by personally donating funds for day-to-day expenses from our personal expenses. We appreciate your understanding that to keep this true, we ask that you cover the shipping of your unique pieces! Please keep in mind that by donating to or purchasing from Dorian Gray Galleries as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit your shipping costs are 100% tax-deductible.

What type of donations do you accept?

The Dorian Gray Youth Foundation and Dorian Gray Galleries thrive on donations. Dorian Gray Youth Foundation gladly accepts monetary donations of all kinds. Please visit the donation link if you would like to donate. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Dorian Gray Galleries accepts anything and everything within the realm of art! We do not have any limitations on the art that people are willing to donate, however, historically 'Paint and Sip' creations have not done very well. Art is subjective and everyone's tastes are different, so we accept various art from all genres and mediums! If you are not sure if we would accept your art the answer is probably YES PLEASE! We try to be very responsive so just ask and feel free to send any art donations to our address!

Who runs all of this stuff?

The Dorian Gray Youth Foundation is run by Cleveland-area husbands, Matthew Huffman and Daniel Tyson, and a board of local queer individuals. We are all working full-time jobs and running this passion project, so please be patient with us as we want to make sure we respond to everyone personally.

Are you an actual business?

Yes! The Dorian Gray Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All purchases and donations are 100% tax-deductible. Receipts available at time of purchase and/or donation.

So where DOES the actual donation money go?

The Dorian Gray Youth Foundation works directly with social workers, homeless shelters,
community centers, etc to connect directly with individuals in need. This ensures that 100% of the money needed by the individual makes it directly into their hands for their current needs via the Dorian Gray Relief Fund. We are currently working on an application process for individuals to apply for the Relief Fund in case they are not currently working with a social worker or community/homeless center. The Dorian Gray Relief Fund is intended to provide homeless LGBTQ+ individuals in need with gender-affirming clothing, finances for a safe place to stay, food, or other basic necessities. 100% of money that comes into the Dorian Gray Youth Foundation is available to LGBTQ+ homeless individuals or community centers that will be paid out through the Relief Fund.

Will you ever exist in a physical location?

At this time, our foundation and gallery are completely online, but we are available for pop-up fundraisers at local events.

What other plans do you have for The Dorian Gray Youth Foundation?

Our goals for 2021 include: - Growing our board - Collaborating with local galleries and building community in the Cleveland art scene - Expanding our network of worldwide artists - Showcasing the history of queer art and artists on our social media - Working with local companies, shelters, and centers to spread our message and connect with individuals in need We are always looking for opportunities to spread our message. If you have a business where we can display flyers or have fundraisers, please contact us!

Why the name Dorian Gray?

If you are unfamiliar with the story of Dorian Gray, it is a novel from Oscar Wilde about a young man who lives life without abandon as only his portrait is affected by his life choices. People often see the character of Dorian Gray as negative or villainous due to his immorality.
However, Dorian Gray was one of the first openly queer characters and was written in a time
when such topics were still taboo. The book was written as Oscar Wilde was coming to terms with his own sexuality and refused to sensor the book at the request of publishers and public views. The book went on to be one of the most famous books in history. To us, Dorian Gray moreso represents being unashamed and proud in the face of a society that so often
misunderstands our importance.

Is there a way I can donate to Dorian Gray Galleries outside of buying art?

Yes! Dorian Gray Galleries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and accepts monetary donations. You can donate via the Donate button at the top of the page. 100% of your donations go into the Northeast OH LGBTQIA+ homeless community and is tax deductible. Dorian Gray Galleries will provide you with a donation form for your records.

Do you offer shipping?

Yes! If you would like a piece of art shipped please contact us and let us know which piece so we can figure out the shipping cost!